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Buffalo Bills Players With Most to Prove vs. Washington Redskins

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Da’Norris Searcy started out the preseason competing for a starting safety spot, but now he’s competing just to get a roster spot. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

As we head into the tail end of the preseason, the battles for the final roster spots on the Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster are starting to heat up. The return of free safety Jairus Byrd, continued improvement of tight end Scott Chandler and Chris Hairston’s lingering injury have altered the face of the roster a bit, but there are still decisions that need to be made.

Many of the best hints at what those decisions will be found in the lineups for Game 3 of the preseason against the Washington Redskins. Commonly thought of as a dress rehearsal, the third preseason game is usually a good indicator of which players have the coaches’ faith. That makes it an especially important game for players like the ones below who need to restore some of that lost trust.

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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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