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Updated Buffalo Bills Depth Chart and 53-Man Roster Projection With Two Preseason Games to Go

Monday, August 18th, 2014
Mike Williams has seemingly established himself as a starting wide receiver this preseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Mike Williams has seemingly established himself as a starting wide receiver this preseason. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s time for the Buffalo Bills to start thinking about cutting their roster down to size.

Their preseason is more than halfway over, as they have played three exhibition games and only two more to go before the regular season begins. On Aug. 26, the Bills will have to trim their roster from 90 players to 75. Just four days later, the Bills will only be able to have 53 players—the regular-season limit—on their active roster.

In two weeks, the Bills will only have 53 players on their active roster. Over the course of their contests against the New York Giants (Hall of Fame Game), Carolina Panthers (Aug. 8) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Saturday), it has become more clear who those 53 players should be, and which of those players should be leading the depth charts at their respective positions.

After the team’s release of its first unofficial depth chart prior to the Hall of Fame Game, I took my first stab at projecting who the team’s 53 players would be after its final cuts. Going into Week 3—arguably the most important and telling week of the preseason—some depth charts have been reconfigured and four players who were previously left outside now look like they will be sticking around.

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Buffalo Bills Depth Chart Analysis: Who Should Make the Final 53?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins has already earned his place in the Buffalo Bills’ starting lineup. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The speculation as to how the Buffalo Bills depth chart should stack up this season is far from over, but we now know how the team currently sees it. Prior to their practice Monday evening, the Bills released their first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.

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Examining the Buffalo Bills’ Start-of-Season Depth Chart and 53-Man Roster

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

T.J. Graham is listed as a starting wide receiver opposite Stevie Johnson on the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart for Week 1. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills set their initial 53-man roster on Tuesday when they filled their final roster spot with the signing of kicker Dan Carpenter. While the Buffalo Bills could make more changes, even before their season-opening game versus the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Bills have built the framework of what their roster will look like for the 2013 NFL season.

Also on Tuesday, the Bills released an unofficial depth chart in their weekly media release, which gives at least a framework on how the lineups will be structured for Sunday’s game.

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Dan Hope’s Final Buffalo Bills Depth Chart Projection

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Injuries on the offensive line have moved right tackle Erik Pears into a starting role by default. (Photo: Luc Leclerc — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Much has changed since I published my mid-preseason Buffalo Bills depth chart projection. Although that was published just last Thursday, the Bills have played two games since. Last Thursday, Bills fans were full of hope and confidence for the upcoming season. The tone is different one week later: the Bills lost their last two preseason games by a combined score of 65-20, but more importantly, they lost a number of key players to injury.

Last Saturday versus the Washington Redskins, the Bills lost potential starting quarterback Kevin Kolb to a concussion and No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a fractured wrist. The offensive line has also taken a big hit in the past week. Starting right tackle Chris Hairston was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list Monday (ending his season), and top interior line backup Doug Legursky was carted off the field Thursday night with what looked like a serious knee injury.

Those injuries are especially devastating because they hit the Bills at what may be the three weakest position groups on their roster. As a result, there are many wide-open spots on the Bills’ depth chart, which will leave the Bills with more tough-to-keep than tough-to-cut players.

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Dan Hope’s Buffalo Bills Depth Chart Projection: Mid-Preseason

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Robert Woods has performed well enough this preseason to earn a top spot on the wide receiver depth chart. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

We’ve seen the Buffalo Bills’ official preseason depth chart, but we also know that depth chart is very much subject to change and not a true reflection of where some players stand on the roster. Halfway through the preseason, the preseason games themselves have likely been a more accurate glimpse into what the depth chart will actually look like when the regular season begins.

Who will make the Bills’ 53-man regular season roster, and where does each player on the roster fit on the team’s pecking orders? While we can’t know for certain until the regular season actually begins, I took an educated guess based upon what we have seen from the Bills thus far this preseason.

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