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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. 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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BBD Week in Review: 5/13-5/19

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Jadeveon Clowney led the discussion this week as Buffalo Bills Draft kicked its 2014 NFL Draft coverage fully into gear. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have a new general manager in Doug Whaley, all but one of their draft picks is now signed and while the offseason still has a few more months remaining, organized team activities (OTA’s) got underway in Buffalo last week. Meanwhile, we here at Buffalo Bills Draft not only kept up with the general manager switch, but also began to look ahead to the 2014 NFL draft and continued looking ahead to the Bills’ upcoming season.

BBD on the Bills

Breaking Down the 2014 NFL Draft’s Top Prospects

  • Staff writer Evan Sidery explained why South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a “once-in-a-generation” prospect.
  • I explained why Teddy Bridgewater is the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick, complete with a breakdown of his game, even in a draft class that includes Clowney.
  • Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews may have been the No. 1 overall pick had he declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. I broke down why he’ll be an early selection in 2014.
  • Staff writer Joe Marino previewed the 2014 NFL Draft’s other top offensive tackle, Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.

More on the Bills

  • Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com provided updates from each of the three days of the Bills’ first OTA: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
  • Second-round pick wide receiver Robert Woods became the seventh of Buffalo’s eight draft pick to sign his rookie contract, signing a four-year deal according to ESPN.com’s James Walker.
  • On a more serious note, star Bills defensive end Mario Williams is going through some off-field issues in messy legal proceedings with his ex-fiance. A story by the Houston Chronicle‘s David Barron revealed text messages from Williams to his ex-fiance in which he mentioned hydrocodone abuse and suicidal thoughts.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • In a guest column for NEPatriotsDraft, I questioned Bill Belichick’s affinity toward drafting players who played for current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.
  • The Buffalo Bills shouldn’t be in the market for a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. For teams who are, Marc Sluis of NY Jets Draft bought or sold each of the draft class’ top signal-caller prospects.

The Missing Piece: Buffalo Bills Contenders To Start at Left Guard

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Colin Brown is this writer’s favorite to win the starting job at left guard. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

One of the most important battles brewing during organized team activities (OTA’s) for the Buffalo Bills is at left guard.

Andy Levitre started right away at left guard in his rookie season in 2009, and played every game over the past four seasons. He became not only a fixture, but an asset, next to Eric Wood (or whomever was playing center during Wood’s injuries). Now that Levitre has taken his talents to Nashville by signing with the Tennessee Titans as an unrestricted free agent, the Bills are searching for his replacement at left guard Doug Marrone’s new, up-tempo offensive scheme.

Despite most of the the football world assuming the Bills would find help in free agency or the draft, the Bills seem content with the options they have on the roster.

With a rookie quarterback potentially taking snaps under center, the protection from the offensive line will be of the utmost importance. Let’s take a look at the options the Bills have on their roster to start at left guard.

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Sophomore Spotlight: Zebrie Sanders

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Zebrie Sanders never got a chance to see the field in his rookie season due to hip surgery. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

The last installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s six-part Sophomore Spotlight series focuses on Zebrie Sanders, Buffalo’s fifth-round selection.

Since Sanders did not play in his rookie season, this entry is shorter than the others. After reading Sanders’ Sophomore Spotlight, be sure to check out the bottom of the page to find out how you could win an autographed card of each player in the series!

Zebrie Sanders

Selected Round 5, Pick 144 from Florida State

Sanders was the last Bills draft selection to make the roster in 2012.

Sanders received a pre-draft rating of 82.7 from NFL.com — that put Sanders on the high end of NFL.com’s “Eventual Starter” scale, and graded as a second-round value. Thus, Sanders provided great value to the Bills as a fifth-round selection.

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