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Early Bills 53-man roster projection

No major surprises for the team one week away from cutdown day

August 25, 2018 - 10:09 am

Derek Kramer


With only one week before all rosters are cut down to 53 players acress the National Football League, the Buffalo Bills have two more preseason games to play to finalize their roster.

Before the preseason wraps with with two games in five days, here is an early projection of the Bills roster come September 1:

  • Quarterback (3): Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, A.J. McCarron

While some suspect that the team could release a quarterback if Allen becomes the starter, the McCarron injury and Peterman's performance this preseason close out that theory. While McCarron doesn't have many starts in the NFL, he still is the most veteran player in the quarterback room, while Peterman has earned the chance to be at least the backup.

  • Running back (5): LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, Marcus Murphy, Travaris Cadet, Patrick DiMarco (FB)

No real surprises here, as only Murphy was a question mark heading into the preseason and blowing the doors off each time he has been given the opportunity. There was a thought to possibly release DiMarco for an extra tight end to make an H-Back, but opted against it.

  • Wide receivers (6): Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Jeremy Kerley, Andre Holmes, Corey Coleman, Ray-Ray McCloud III

Rod Streater may be the strongest case for biggest snub with the wideouts. Brandon Reilly is also currently on the outside looking in due to an injury and the play of McCloud. Reilly has to make his case on Sunday against Cincinnati to convince the coaches he is healthy and ready to take the next step. Coleman hasn't been anything special, and could be the first one out if Reilly or Streater do make the roster.

  • Tight end (4): Charles Clay, Logan Thomas, Khari Lee, Nick O'Leary

Jason Croom has also been good this preseason, but he doesn't make the cut here. Croom is solid with receiving, but he needs to be more consistent in blocking. O'Leary survives cuts as the entire tight end group has been fantastic in the preseason.

  • Offensive Line (9): Dion Dawkins, Vlad Ducasse, Ryan Groy, John Miller, Jordan Mills, De'Ondre Wesley, Marshall Newhouse, Wyatt Teller, Russell Bodine

The one notable name left out is backup tackle Conor McDermott, but Wesley has been very good this preseason. Newhouse has also been solid as a backup, playing at left tackle while Dawkins has been day to day with an injury. There may be another cut here, as the Bills could opt for only 8 linemen.

  • Defensive line (8): Jerry Hughes, Shaq Lawson, Trent Murphy, Eddie Yarbrough, Star Lotulelei, Kyle Williams, Harrison Phillips, Adolphus Washington

Mike Love has earned himself a job, but he gets chopped out due to the equally impressive play of Yarbrough. The Bills also leave Terrence Fede on the outside looking in for the final cuts. Defensive tackle Rickey Hatley has not stood out, leaving him on the outs as well.

  • Linebackers (6): Lorenzo Alexander, Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano, Ramon Humber, Deon Lacey, Tanner Vallejo

With the retirement of Keenan Robinson, both Lacey and Vallejo make the roster after cutdowns. Julian Sanford still has a chance to make the team as well.

  • Defensive backs (9): Tre'Davious White, Vontae Davis, Phillip Gaines, Taron Johnson, Levi Wallace, Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Rafael Bush, Siran Neal

Wallace has played well, out-performing Lafayette Pitts and Ryan Carter to claim the final spot in the secondary. The rest of the secondary sees no surprises in what is one of the team's strengths.

  • Special Teams (3): Stephen Hauschka, Jon Ryan, Reid Ferguson

Ryan, cut by Seattle after drafting a punter, has a chance to claim the job over Colton Schmidt, who has not been doing well through the preseason. Hauschka and Ferguson are locks.

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