Joe Marino’s Talent Watch: Week Two

September 4th, 2014
Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia's season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

Leonard Floyd put himself on the map with an outstanding performance in Georgia’s season-opening win versus Clemson. (Photo: Dale Zanine — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Prospects for the 2015 NFL draft have had their opportunities to make a first impression for the 2014 season. That said, the scouting process is a fluid one so putting too much stock into any single performance is foolish. Stacking consistent outings is vital and Week 1 is just the beginning of that process. As we dive into Week 2 of Talent Watch, let’s begin by looking back at the players who were most impressive in the inaugural week of the season.

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Labor Day: Buffalo Bills Release Week 1 Depth Chart, Name Captains, Continue to Fill Practice Squad

September 1st, 2014
Third-round pick Preston Brown is set to start in place of Nigel Bradham at weakside linebacker in the Bills' season opener Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Third-round pick Preston Brown is set to start in place of Nigel Bradham at weakside linebacker in the Bills’ season opener Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills stayed busy on Labor Day in their preparations for their season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. On Monday, the Bills released their first in-season depth chart of the year, announced their six team captains and continued to make additions to their practice squad.

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Buffalo Bills Bring Jeff Tuel, Six Other Cuts Back to Practice Squad

August 31st, 2014
Released by the Bills on Saturday after one year on their roster, quarterback Jeff Tuel is set to begin the 2014 season on Buffalo's practice squad. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Released by the Bills on Saturday after one year on their roster, quarterback Jeff Tuel is set to begin the 2014 season on Buffalo’s practice squad. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills started filling up their practice squad on Sunday by re-signing seven of the 10 players who they released on Saturday.

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Kyle Orton and Colton Schmidt Signed, 10 Others Released by Buffalo Bills on Cutdown Day

August 30th, 2014
The Buffalo Bills signed Kyle Orton on Saturday to replace Jeff Tuel as their backup quarterback. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills signed Kyle Orton on Saturday to replace Jeff Tuel as their backup quarterback. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills’ regular-season roster is set (at least for now). The Bills signed two players Saturday, but also released 10 in advance of Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline to reach the 53-man active roster limit.

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Updated Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster, Depth Chart and Practice Squad Projections Following 13 Roster Moves Friday

August 29th, 2014
Frank Summers' roster spot appears safe. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Frank Summers’ roster spot appears safe. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The weekend considered by many around the NFL to be the toughest of the year is underway. All 32 franchises, including the Buffalo Bills, are in the process of making and finalizing difficult decisions as they cut their rosters down to the 53-man regular season limit while Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline to do so looms.

The Bills released 10 players on Friday, including punter Brian Moorman and defensive tackle Landon Cohen, and placed three others on injured reserve to cut their roster down to 62.

That leaves Buffalo with nine moves still to make by Saturday. One of those moves will be covered by linebacker Nigel Bradham’s Week 1 suspension, which goes into effect Saturday, but the Bills must choose eight others to release or place on reserve lists.

Even then, the Bills’ roster-shaping work won’t be done. It’s likely that the Bills will bring in a number of players cut by other teams, which will force Buffalo to make even more cuts. Additionally, the Bills will both choose from their own released players and scour the waiver wire to build a 10-man practice squad by Sunday.

When the dust finally settles next week and the Bills have their roster set for Week 1, what will it look like and who will join them in practice? There’s still a lot to be determined, but here’s an updated projection following Friday’s latest wave of moves.

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