Sunday, June 1, 2014

Projected 2014 Buffalo Bills Depth Chart

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QB  EJ Manuel, Thad Lewis, Jeff Tuel
Not much to add, Lewis and Tuel are guaranteed to be the second and third string quarterbacks.

RB  CJ Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon
FB   Frank Summers
The only thing that could change here is Anthony Dixon becoming the starting fullback and Summers sent packing but that doesn't seem likely. This would give the Bills the opportunity to add more depth at another position but at this moment Summers seems like a guy the Bills staff would want to keep around.
WR Sammy Watkins, Marquise Goodwin
WR Robert Woods, Chris Hogan
Cutting Marcus Easley was very difficult because of his special teams contributions but there just wasn't any way to have him make the team over others.

Chris Hogan or ‘7-11’ has been a receiver that the coaching staff always seems to mention. Most recently during the post-draft press conference Coach Marrone mentioned Hogan as a potential option in the slot. Hogan just seems to be on the minds of the coaching staff. Not to mention, T.J. Graham has failed to live up to any expectations.

On paper tight end is probably the weakest position for the Bills. Scott Chandler will once again be the starter and though he lacks exceptional physical traits he has become a reliable target in this offense.

Tony Moeaki is probably most well rounded player in this group and the only thing keeping him from being the number two tight end will be an injury.

Though Chris Gragg has 4.50 speed he isn’t exactly the most athletic tight end. Yes, he was one of the top performers at the 2013 combine but watching his college tape he just seems ‘stiff.’ Maybe I’m off, but Gragg’s speed should make the coaches want to give him some chances to make plays.

Lee Smith could be kept as a blocking tight end.

OT Cordy Glenn, Chris Hairston
G   Chris Williams, Antoine McClain
G   Kraig Urbik, Cyril Richardson
RT Cyrus Kouandjio, Seantrel Henderson
The Bills retooled the o-line in a big way by adding Chris Williams in free agency and selecting three players in the draft. All of the rookie offensive lineman should make the team unless Seantrel Henderson does something and gets cut. Also, even though Doug Legursky was terrible last year he is the only lineman that I know at the moment can play center and guard.

The Bills depth on defensive line is somewhat suspect, particularly at defensive end. Supposedly, Jacquies Smith has been making his presence know at OTAs and the Bills need someone to step up in a situational role. The Bills could cut one of Smith and Wynn and keep only four reserves.

ILB   Brandon Spikes, Preston Brown
OLB Kiko Alonso, Nigel Bradham

CB Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey, Ross Cockrell
CB Leodis Mckelvin, Corey Graham

S Aaron Williams, Jonathan Meeks
S Da’Norris Searcy, Duke Williams
The linebackers and defensive backs are pretty much set in stone at this point. The only player that could potentially change things up is UDFA Kenny Ladler taking Jonathan Meeks spot.

Who do Bills fans think stays and goes?

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