Re-Ranking the 2014 Buffalo Bills Roster: Midseason

November 6th, 2014
Sammy Watkins is one of the NFL's best rookies, but where does he stack up within the Bills' roster? Read on to find out. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Sammy Watkins is one of the NFL’s best rookies, but where does he stack up within the Bills’ roster? Read on to find out. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have had, by virtually all accounts, a successful first half of their 2014 season. At 5-3, currently good a four-way tie for sixth place in the AFC, they are right in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot.

To some, Buffalo’s first-half success is a surprise; to others, it’s a realization of promise that had gone unfulfilled in past seasons. There’s still a second half of the season in which the Bills can either keep winning and end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, or falter as they hit tough games down the stretch.

Either way, the Bills as a whole and many of the individuals on their team deserve praise for how they have played so far. While some Bills need to be better in the second half of the year, others have played integral role in the team’s relative success through eight games.

Prior to training camp, when the Bills had 90 players on their roster and many of them were fighting for a place on the team, we ranked the team from top to bottom. Now that we’re at the midpoint of the Bills season, it’s time to look at how the current 53-man roster stacks up, reclassifying players based upon how they’ve performed so far and how crucial they will be to the team’s second-half results.

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Buffalo Bills Report Card: Midseason Grades

November 5th, 2014
Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Playing to earn a contract extension, Marcell Dareus has been the first-half star of the Buffalo Bills defense. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

The Buffalo Bills are right in the thick of the AFC playoff race, currently sitting in a four-way tie for sixth place with a record of 5-3. The defense has really carried the team while the offense has been opportunistic enough to contribute to the winning record.

Overall through eight games, many defensive players have graded out very well while the offensive players have been more boom or bust in terms of individual performances.

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This Week in Fantasy Football: 2014 NFL Week 10

November 4th, 2014
Mark Sanchez becomes a worthy pickup in fantasy football this week with Nick Foles sidelined. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

Mark Sanchez becomes a worthy pickup in fantasy football this week with Nick Foles sidelined. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Doug Moore

Waiver-Wire Pickups

Mark Sanchez, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Owned in 3% of Yahoo! Leagues): Yes folks, I’m being serious. Mark Sanchez is now taking over in Philly for Nick Foles. And because of their offense being high-powered and fast paced, Sanchez is a must-own for Foles owners and anyone else who needs quarterback help. He will throw interceptions (two INTs on Sunday), but he should garner high passing yards (202 yards against the Houston Texans) and touchdowns (two TDs on Sunday).

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals (61% Y!): Palmer has led the Cardinals to the best record in the NFL and has no shortage of talented pass-catchers. With Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Ellington and others, Palmer is in good hands with the Arizona offense. With a strong arm and veteran experience to boot, Palmer keeps putting up great fantasy points (nine TDs to two INTs in four games) and should be owned by anyone who has a QB on bye this week and/or needs a QB.

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Buffalo Bills Awarded Safety Jerome Couplin Off Waivers

November 3rd, 2014
The Bills might have landed a hidden gem in claiming Jerome Couplin off waivers. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

The Bills might have landed a hidden gem in claiming Jerome Couplin off waivers. (Photo: Kyle Terada — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Six days after placing safety Kenny Ladler on injured reserve and opening a roster spot, the Buffalo Bills filled his place on the 53-man roster by adding another undrafted rookie safety, Jerome Couplin, off waivers from the Detroit Lions.

On the surface, the signing of Couplin seems inglorious. Unselected in this year’s draft out of William and Mary, Couplin appeared in eight games for the Lions this season but made just two tackles, with nearly all of his playing time coming on special teams.

That said, Couplin’s potential to develop into an impact player has been noted by numerous sources.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: West Virginia WR Kevin White

October 31st, 2014
Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft's top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

Kevin White is making a run at being the 2015 NFL draft’s top wide receiver. (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Each year there are a few prospects that have little to no draft expectations about them but skyrocket their stock during the season. Last year, we saw Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles go from no-name to No. 3 overall pick and current starter of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This year, it’s wide receiver Kevin White from West Virginia.

A junior college transfer from Lackawanna College, White had a quiet first season at West Virginia in 2013, totaling only 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns. He had little to no talk about him as a prospect.

This year, White has been flying onto big boards. He has 72 receptions, the second-most in the Football Bowl Subdivision, for 1,047 yards, the third-most in the FBS. He’s accounted for a third of his team’s touches through the air and about 38 percent of their receiving yards.

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