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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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Analysis: Buffalo Bills Release First Depth Chart of 2013 Preseason

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Is Aaron Williams in line to start at strong safety this season? That’s what the Bills’ first depth chart of the preseason indicates. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills released their first depth chart of the 2013 NFL season on Monday, six days in advance of their preseason opener versus the Indianapolis Colts and in advance of their intrasquad scrimmage scheduled for tonight’s training camp practice.

One should not read too much into preseason depth charts. Teams tend to place veterans high and rookies low on preseason depth charts. The depth chart is very much subject to change over the upcoming month, especially given that the Bills have not even played their first preseason game yet. That said, the depth chart release does give us some insight into the standing of many players competing for starting jobs, playing time and roster spots.

You can take a look at the full depth chart released by the team at the link above, but let’s take a look at some of the points on the depth chart that stand out.

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BBD Week in Review: 6/17-6/23

Monday, June 24th, 2013

EJ Manuel is hoping to continue a trend for first-round quarterbacks and be the Buffalo Bills’ Week 1 starter. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With organized team activities and minicamp in the rear-view mirror, it’s all looking ahead now to training camp, the preseason and of course, the NFL regular season for the Buffalo Bills. That’s what we did here this week at Buffalo Bills Draft, as we looked ahead to who could make up the Bills’ roster this season, who could be the team’s starting quarterback and much more pertaining to the Buffalo Bills, AFC East and 2014 NFL draft.

Looking Ahead for the Buffalo Bills

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