In one year, Bills have had a dramatic roster overhaul

Inside the high turnover numbers at each position

Sal Capaccio
April 15, 2018 - 10:12 pm

Photo: David Butler II - USA TODAY Sports

Talk about turning over a roster.

It’s been clear general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have been making dramatic changes since taking charge of the Buffalo Bills a year ago, but a look at just how much the roster has flipped in such a short time is pretty astonishing. 

McDermott was hired in January of 2017, replacing the fired Rex Ryan. He worked with general manager Doug Whaley through the draft. Whaley and his entire scouting staff were dismissed the day after the draft, on the last day of April. Nine days later, Beane was hired as his replacement.

Even before Beane was hired, McDermott, essentially in control of the roster, began reshaping the team via free agency and trades. Beane’s arrival only expedited that process as quite a few players who were acquired by the previous regime were fast-tracked out of Orchard Park.

So, just how much has the roster turned over in the last year and in what areas specifically? I took a look at last year’s roster on the opening day of the offseason program and compared it to this year’s. There were 61 players on last year’s roster on the opening day of offseason workouts (April 3). There are 67 players on this year’s roster, not counting Eric Wood (still on the active roster) or Richie Incognito (reserve/retired). Here’s what I found, with the current roster shown afterward:

Of the 61 players on last year’s roster on the opening day of workouts, 41 are gone and only 20 remain.

None of the quarterbacks or cornerbacks are still a member of the Bills.

Of the 14 combined running backs and wide receivers on last year’s roster at this time, only LeSean McCoy and Andre Holmes are still a part of it.

If Wood and/or Incognito did not retire, there would have been six of 11 returning offensive linemen, but now only four remain.

The position group with the most players returning is tight end, with three of the four from last year.

Here’s the complete breakdown by position:

  • QB - 0 of 3 remain 
  • RB - 1 of 5
  • FB - 1 of 2
  • OL - 4 of 11
  • TE - 3 of 4
  • WR - 1 of 9
  • DE - 2 of 3
  • DT - 2 of 5
  • LB - 2 of 5
  • CB - 0 of 5
  • S - 2 of 6
  • K - 1 of 1
  • P - 1 of 1
  • LS - 0 of 1

Here are the 67 players currently under contract who are allowed to be at Monday morning’s workout: 

A.J. McCarron
Nathan Peterman  

LeSean McCoy
Travaris Cadet
Aaron Green
Chris Ivory
Taiwan Jones
Marcus Murphy   

Patrick DiMarco    

Josh James (OT)
Conor McDermott (OT)
Dion Dawkins (OT)
Jordan Mills (OT)
Marshall Newhouse (OT)
De’Ondre Wesley (OT)
Vladimir Ducasse (G)
John Miller (G)
Ryan Groy (C/G)
Russell Bodine (C)
Adam Redmond (C)

Charles Clay
Nick O’Leary
Logan Thomas
Khari Lee
Jason Croom
Keith Towbridge   

Kelvin Benjamin
Andre Holmes
Zay Jones
Quan Bray
Kaelin Clay
Malachi Dupre
Brandon Reilly
Rod Streater 
Jerry Hughes  
Shaq Lawson
Eddie Yarbrough
Cap Capi
Terrence Fede
Marquavius Lewis
Trent Murphy
Owa Odighizuwa

Kyle Williams
Adolphus Washington
Star Lotulelei
Rickey Hatley

Lorenzo Alexander
Ramon Humber
Tanner Vallejo      
Deon Lacey
Matt Milano
Julian Stanford
Xavier Woodson-Luster

Tre’Davious White
Vontae Davis
Breon Borders
Phillip Gaines

Micah Hyde
Jordan Poyer
Rafael Bush
Kelcie McCray
Dean Marlowe
L.J. McCray

Stephen Hauschka

Reid Ferguson    

Colton Schmidt
Cory Carter

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