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

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

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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Updated Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster, Depth Chart and Practice Squad Projection Before Final Preseason Game

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is set to be a rookie starter at right tackle. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

Seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is set to be a rookie starter at right tackle. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have released 12 players in the past two days, first by cutting veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch then making 11 more roster moves Monday, but the biggest wave of cuts will come later this week.

The Bills play their final preseason game Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson, and will then have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to trim their active roster to 53 players.

Which players will survive the next round of cuts? Furthermore, how should the team’s depth chart stack up heading into Week 1? And among the players who will be cut, who are the best candidates for the team’s 10-man practice squad?

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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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