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Pre-Camp 53 Man Roster Prediction.

James P McCoy Buffalo News.

Quarterbacks

Josh Allen

Matt Barkley

Jake Fromm

Cut

 Davis Webb

Breakdown:

 No one knows how Covid will affect this season and the last place you want to be lacking is Quarterback. It will be more important than ever to have plenty of QBs in the building that know the system and can run the offense on a moment’s notice. With the expanded practice Davis Webb will most likely be kept around as well for emergencies. 

Running backs 

Devin Singletary 

Zack Moss 

TJ Yeldon

Taiwan Jones

Cuts

Antonio Williams 

Christan Wade

Breakdown

Pretty open and shut. Bills have Singletary and Moss locked in for cheap and should make a challenging 1-2 combo to defensive coordinators to plan against. Yeldon provides important depth and Jones will take Senorise Perry’s role on special teams. Wade has one more year as a practice squad expectation so plan on him being kept in that some position. 

Fullback

Patrick DiMarco 

Cut

Reggie Gilliams 

Breakdown:

I really like the idea of Reggie Gilliams as the long term fullback of this team. He probably isn’t ready to be a starter yet. With one year left on DiMarco’s contract, and the 16 player practice squad Gilliams, will get to sit a year behind vetren DiMarco and be ready to be the starter in 2021.

Wide Receivers 

Stefon Diggs

John Brown

Cole Beasly 

Gabe Davis 

Isaiah Hodges 

Isaiah McKenzie 

Andre Robert 

Cuts

Robert Foster 

Duke Williams 

Breakdown 

What a position group at the top. McDermott has generally gone with six wide receivers, so seven may be a stretch. But Isaiah McKenzie and Andre Robert both provide unique and important skills to the offense and special teams, respectively so the Bills may not want to lose either one. With the changes in practice squad this season there is a chance that Davis or Hodges could be left off the week one, 53 man roster, only to be brought back up later.

Tight Ends 

Dawson Knox

Tyler Kroft

Lee Smith

Cuts

Jason Croom

Tommey Sweeney 

Nate Becker 

Breakdown

I wasn’t impressed with what I saw out of Sweeney last year. It will be more valuable to the Bills offense to have a stout, veteren, blocking tight end, like Lee Smith, as opposed to stone handed Tommey Sweeney. Coming into the year healthy, look for Tyler Kroft to have a bigger impact on game day.  

Offensive Line 

Mitch Morse

Quinton Spain

Dion Dawkins

Ty Nsekhe 

Cody Ford 

Brian Winters 

Joe Feliciano

Daryl Williams 

Evan Boehm

Cuts

Trey Adams 

Victor Salako 

Ryan Bates

Ike Boettger 

Brandon Walton 

Marquell Harrell 

Breakdown:

If the Bills put Feliciano on the Injured reserve, designated for return, Ryan Bates or Ike Boettger likely become candidates to fill the spot. The drop off in this group is steep after Winters, Williams, and Boehm so keeping an extra man doesn’t add much, depth wise. It will be interesting to see if Winters can play well enough to keep the starting guard job once Feliciano is healthy. I would love to see them hide Trey Adams on practice squad and see where here is after a year in their health facilities.

Defensive Line 

Jerry Hughes 

Mario Addison 

AJ Epenesa 

Quinton Jefferson

Ed Oliver 

Darryl Johnson

Harrison Phillips 

Vernon Butler 

Vincent Taylor 

Cuts

Trent Murphy 

Mike Love 

Niles Scott 

Byran Cox Jr

Justin Zimmer 

Tanzel Smart

Breakdown

All offseason I have been arguing that the seven million dollars saved doesn’t justify cutting Murphy. With Star’s money getting pushed down the road, and the contracts coming up in the next year or two, cutting him seems unavoidable. The only way he stays is if both Epenesa and Johnson lay an egg in camp and Bills aren’t comfortable with the depth. Vincent Taylor’s strong play down the stretch is enough to earn him the spot as last lineman.

Linebacker

Tremaine Edmunds 

Matt Milano

AJ Klein 

Vosean Joseph 

Tyler Matakevich 

Cuts:

Corey Thompson 

Tyrel Dobson

Del’Shawn Phillips

Breakdown

There is an argument that Dobson could get the roster spot over Joseph based on how he played last preseason, but I believe Joseph, who is now healthy, will outperform him in training camp. I even think Joseph can steal some starting snaps from Klein during the season. Dobson is an attractive candidate for the practice squad. 

Cornerback 

Tre’Davious White 

Josh Norman

Levi Wallace

Siran Neal

Taron Johnson

Cuts

Dane Jackson

Ike Brown

Cam Lewis

Breakdown

With the way Johnson gets hurt, expect Neal to see more time in the nickel slot or even “big nickel.” Dane Jackson is probably too raw a player to crack a spot in the defensive backfield but will definitely stick around on the practice squad. 

Safety

Micah Hyde

Jordan Poyer 

Dean Marlowe 

Jaquan Johnson

Cuts

Josh Thomas 

Breakdown

I think it is almost as equally likely that the Bills keep Dane Jackson and drop Marlowe since Neal can also play safety. But McDermott has liked keeping Marlowe around this long so it may be hard to pry him off this roster. With the upside Johnson showed last season there is no real spot for Josh Thomas.

Specialist 

Tyler Bass

Corey Bojoquez 

Reid Ferguson 

Cut

Kaare Vedvick

Stephen Haucshka 

Breakdown

You don’t draft a kicker if you don’t want to keep the kicker, and I think that is the case with Bass. Hauchshka has not shown the consistency needed out of a NFL kicker and is probably in the descent of his career. As for punter, it is a coin flip, but I think Bojoquez is just good enough to fend off Vedvick. 

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