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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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Roster Move Rundown: Buffalo Bills Trim Roster To 50 Players With 5 Cuts

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

The Bills released Thad Lewis on Saturday. Currently, rookies Jeff Tuel and E.J. Manuel are the only two quarterbacks on Buffalo’s roster.

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have been busy over the last two days. Dan Hope covered Buffalo’s first 18 cuts from Friday, and today the Bills cut an additional five players to trim their roster to 50 players. Buffalo cutting its roster below 53 players should not be considered a surprise, as the team will add recently released players in an attempt to upgrade its roster. Buffalo could use depth at cornerback and along the offensive line.

Saturday’s cuts provided a few surprises that Dan Hope and I missed on our final 53-man roster projections. It’ll be interesting to see which players the Bills add to their roster in the coming days as the team prepares for their Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots. Without any further ado, here are Buffalo’s five cuts.

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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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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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