Buffalo Bills 53-man Roster Prediction

With camp about to break, the Buffalo Bills begin the task of dwindling their roster down to 53 players. The team has a very different look from last season to today. Depth can be found at almost every position. Competition can also be found almost everywhere. Remember this is roster, not a depth chart—the names are in no particular order. A lot will happen between now and week one, but this is my best guess at what that final 53-man roster will look like.

QB- EJ Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, Matt Cassel

I would love to cut Matt Cassel, but at the end of the day he holds the most experience at the position. Rumor has it that Cassel has underperformed in workouts this offseason. Unfortunately I don’t think that means much when the competition has started a combined 14 games (all EJ Manuel). The Bills carry three quarterbacks this season, at least to open the year.

RB- Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Boobie Dixon, Karlos Williams

Bryce Brown’s fate seemed sealed when the Bills drafted Karlos Williams, and further when Rex Ryan vowed not to remember the running back’s name until he fixed his fumbling issues. The magnetic shadow of LeSean McCoy didn’t help either. Brown has potential, and a future in the NFL, just not with the Buffalo Bills.

FB- Jerome Felton

Felton is a necessity for the “ground and pound” mentality taking over the Bills offense. He’ll be the running backs’ best friend and a fan favorite for the pancake blocks on the way.

WR- Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley

The special teams versatility helps a few guys at this position and allows for more depth. If the quarterback, whoever that may be, can get the ball into their hands, this is a very dangerous group.

TE- Charles Clay, Nick O’Leary, MarQuies Gray

With such a talented and deep team, roster spots are hard to come by. With the Bills keeping a top tier fullback, I’ll stick to only three tight ends. It’s very plausible they go with four and keep a guy like Matthew Mulligan or Chris Gragg. Only Rex Ryan and time will tell.

OL- Eric Wood, Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Richie Incognito, Cyril Richardson, John Miller, Kraig Urbik

There will likely and hopefully be some additions to this group, the obvious weak link of the team. As it is now, these are the eight guys for the job.

DT- Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Alex Carrington, Stefan Charles, Corbin Bryant

Ah, the Buffalo Bills defense. Should be an exciting year with these guys up front.

DE- Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams, Jarius Wynn, Michael Buchanan, Manny Lawson

The term defensive end doesn’t necessarily fit into Bills defense, but this is the position these guys are listed as on the Buffalo Bills official roster. These are the guys on the edge for Buffalo this season.

LB- Preston Brown, Nigel Bradham, Ty Powell, Jimmy Gaines

An argument could be made for keeping only three linebackers. That would be sound and is very possible. I’ll take the depth and go with Jimmy Gaines, hoping for a nice outing at camp.

S- Aaron Williams, Corey Graham, Duke Williams, Jonathon Meeks, Bacarri Rambo

I know it’s tough to keep five safeties, but I just had to find a spot for Rambo. But I also couldn’t yet put him ahead of Meeks. It may go the other way, but I have those Rambo interceptions burned in my brain, constantly playing on a loop. They haunt my dreams, and he gets a roster spot because of them.

CB- Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ronald Darby, Ron Brooks, Nickell Robey

Only keeping five cornerbacks becomes easier when keeping five safeties, many of which have experience at both positions.

K- Dan Carpenter, Jordan Gay

Only keeping Carpenter is possible, and would free up a roster spot in some other needed areas. But for now I’ll say Jordan Gay remains on the roster.

P- Colton Schmidt

Hopefully he’ll be getting less play time, but Schmidt is here to stay.

LS- Garrison Sanborn

A necessity on the roster. 

Contributing opinions from Joey Gabor