Posts Tagged ‘Roster Cuts’

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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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 Roster Projections: Making the Case for Da’Rick Rogers

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Will Da’Rick Rogers make the Buffalo Bills’ final roster? Eric Samulski thinks the answer to that question should be an obvious yes. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

On Monday, Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 released his projection for the Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster. On Thursday, BBD editor Dan Hope released his projection for how the Bills’ depth chart will look this season. On neither projection will you see the name Da’Rick Rogers. Both Buscaglia and Hope project that the undrafted rookie wideout will be cut by the Bills.

This is a mistake. In fact, this is a mistake that the Bills absolutely cannot afford to make. Let me explain why.

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