Posts Tagged ‘Preseason’

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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Buffalo Bills Training Camp Schedule Announced

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills will return to St. John Fisher College for training camp this summer. The team’s first practice is scheduled for July 20. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As of the time of this post, the beginning of Buffalo Bills training camp is just 46 days away. We know that now as the team announced its schedule for this year’s camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y.

Because the Bills have the privilege of opening the preseason schedule in this year’s Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 3, they will also be one of the first two teams in the NFL to begin their training camp. Buffalo’s first training camp practice is set for July 20, 14 days before the Bills are scheduled take the field against the New York Giants in Canton, Ohio.

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Five Games Announced for Buffalo Bills’ Preseason Schedule

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills will open the NFL preseason against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame Game. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As a young team, the Buffalo Bills can take advantage of every opportunity they have to evaluate their roster and continue to develop. They will have five such chances this preseason.

The Buffalo Bills’ preseason schedule was announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Ryan Talbot’s Final 53-Man Buffalo Bills Roster Projection

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Bills are projected to keep four quarterbacks on their initial 53-man roster, and Thad Lewis is expected to be one of them after a strong performance in the Bills’ preseason finale versus the Detroit Lions. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills’ preseason is over and after numerous injuries, it’s safe to say that Bills fans are ready for the regular season. Before we look ahead to Buffalo’s Week 1 matchup with the Patriots, the team needs to trim its roster from 75 to 53. Buffalo has until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 to make their roster moves.

My roster projections below are based only upon the team’s current roster. That said, it’s almost a certainty that the Bills will add a few players that are released from other NFL teams.

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Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions: Preseason Week 4 Live Game Thread

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Matt Leinart got the opportunity to start for the Buffalo Bills against the Detroit Lions in their preseason finale tonight. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

FINAL THOUGHTS: Thank goodness the preseason is over! Buffalo fell to 2-2 on the preseason after losing to the Lions 35-13.

Buffalo’s game against the Lions was rough to watch with two new quarterbacks under center. Matt Leinart was given the chance to start but did not take advantage of the opportunity. Leinart finished the game 3/10 for 11 yards with two interceptions. Thad Lewis took over for Leinart a few minutes into the second quarter and started off slowly. However, by the end of the night Lewis was 7/16 for 132 yards passing with one touchdown. Lewis also added 51 yards on seven carries. When Buffalo trims its roster to 53 players, look for Lewis to be Buffalo’s fourth quarterback after E.J. Manuel, Jeff Tuel and Kevin Kolb.

The big theme of the evening for the Bills were injuries. Three wide receivers suffered injuries: Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley. Luckily, all three injuries were not serious. Goodwin was poked in the eye and did not return, but both Hogan and Easley returned to the game. Easley had the offensive play of the game with a 79-yard touchdown reception from Lewis.

Unfortunately, not all of Buffalo’s injuries were minor. Doug Legursky had to be carted off in the second half with a knee injury. While no word has been given on the severity, the injury did not look good and I’d expect Legursky to be out for some time.

Defensively, Buffalo’s cornerbacks were picked on early and often. T.J. Heath had the worst performance among all cornerbacks, but he was a long-shot to make the roster. Crezdon Butler was picked upon quite a bit in the first half, but he did improve in the second half.

On special teams, Dustin Hopkins made both of his field goal attempts and an extra point. Hopkins did not miss any kicks during the preseason. Cornerback Nickell Robey muffed his second punt of the preseason. Definitely not a good showing for someone fighting for a roster spot.

Perhaps the best news tonight came before the game when E.J. Manuel was seen tossing the ball on the field. When the Bills play the Patriots in Week 1 there’s a chance that the Bills’ first round pick will be under center.

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