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Roster Move Rundown: Buffalo Bills Trim to 55 Players With 18 Cuts, Three To Injured Reserve

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Matt Leinart’s stint with the Buffalo Bills lasted less than a week after a disappointing performance Thursday versus the Detroit Lions. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With Saturday’s deadline to cut down the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players, the Buffalo Bills had a busy day Friday. The Bills released 18 players from their roster, while also placing three injured players on the season-ending injured reserve, in order to cut their roster down to 55 players (the roster was at the 75-player limit prior to the 21 moves, but free safety Jairus Byrd’s roster exemption expires Saturday).

The Bills have not made any stunning releases yet, but they have released a few names who both Ryan Talbot and I had on our final roster projections. Conversely, the Bills have a few players still remaining on their roster who neither Ryan nor I expected to make the team.

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Buffalo Bills Players With Most to Prove vs. Minnesota Vikings

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Bills wide receiver Brad Smith needs to get on the field this week and perform well to prove himself worthy of a roster spot (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

The Buffalo Bills put their best foot forward Sunday, opening the 2013 NFL preseason with a 44-20 victory over the Indianapolis Colts and setting a franchise record for preseason points. Rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel each played one half, throwing for 315 combined yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Overall, it was an impressive performance for Buffalo and head coach Doug Marrone, but there is still a lot of change on the horizon.

Although many players impressed in their first game action, some were less than stellar. For every player who tried to lay claim to a starting job or a spot on the 53-man roster, there were an equal amount that saw their chances worsen after the first game action.

With that in mind, here are a few players who will come into the second preseason game against Minnesota with even more pressure on their shoulders.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Defensive Line

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Defensive end Mario Williams could be in line for a career year if he can stay healthy in 2013. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

With Positional Previews finished for the offensive side of the ball (see the bottom of page 2 for links to all five of them), it’s time to preview the Buffalo Bills’ defensive side of the ball in the next three installments.

The Bills defense was woeful in 2012. The defense under Dave Wannstedt, who lasted only one season as defensive coordinator, was as vanilla as it comes. It showed at the end of the season. For the season, Buffalo gave up 435 total points and 362.9 yards per game.

Expectations are different in 2013, however. Wannstedt has been replaced with Mike Pettine, formerly of the New York Jets. Pettine plans on being far more aggressive than his predecessor and give multiple defensive looks. For Buffalo’s defense to be successful, the defensive line will have to perform much better than last season.

Buffalo currently has 13 defensive linemen on their roster. Some of them are absolute locks to make the team, but there are a few veterans at risk.

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