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BroJ’s Projected 53 Man Roster
Here are my opinions on what each position will look like on cut day. I roughly ranked the players in order of their likeliness to make the team. I also marked fringe cuts in BLUE, who are guys that I had trouble cutting because I think they’re right on the brink of making the team.
Analysis: The quarterback position seems to be pretty cut-and-dry. Despite Thigpen’s inconsistent performances in the preseason thus far, he was signed to be the Bills’ backup QB. Brad Smith looks to be a major factor in the offense as a wildcat quarterback. There’s no room on this roster for a 4th quarterback, and Levi Brown hasn’t done anything yet to make the Bills feel otherwise.
Analysis: Not all of the positions are going to be as easy as quarterback and running back. Jackson and Spiller are going to split time as the starters (probably still not an even time-share, though). Johnny White had a scary injury in the second preseason game, but he looks to be alright for the start of the season. Bruce Hall is the Jigsaw of camp fodder, and Anthony Elzy is an undrafted running back who was a career college backup.
Analysis: McIntyre always seems to find a way on the team. He’s a versatile blocker and occasional pass-catcher who is reasonably athletic for his size. No need to keep two fullbacks, as it is unclear if Buffalo will even utilize one fullback that often. However, Caulcrick could make the team if Johnny White is unable to go Week One, as he can (for the most part) play running back and fullback, along with some special teams.
Analysis: As I’m typing this right now, the position is officially a mess. Injuries to Jones and Roosevelt in the preseason have left the Bills questioning who will be available to Week One. Add in Nelson’s various nagging ailments, Davis sitting on the sidelines, Easley’s inconsistent play… and you have undrafted rookie Kamar Aiken taking first team reps in practice. At this point, I’m going to assume that all of these guys are going to be healthy for the sake of picking this 53. However, it’s really anybody’s guess right now.
Analysis: Scott Chandler looks to have carved himself out a spot as the starter. He is what he is: a good blocker, a huge red zone target, and woefully slow. Martin will probably make this team because Coach Gailey appreciates his blocking ability. The third spot is up in the air, but it seems like the team is giving Pianalto some good looks in the preseason. I also (sometimes irrationally) take into account that Pianalto was one of the first guys that the Bills nabbed up in the undrafted signing period. I think the Nelson experiment is over; he can’t seem to stay on the field anyways.
Analysis: The offensive line is where it gets real interesting (or uninteresting, depending on how you look at it). Don’t pay too much attention to the positions I have them listed at, because they’re going to play everywhere. Hairston probably buys himself some time as a fairly high draft pick. I put Howard on the team because of his position versatility, and the fact that Gailey had enough faith to start him at the beginning of last season.
Analysis: Yes, I realize that Andy Levitre is currently left guard 1B, possible starting left tackle, and backup center. Maybe they can give him some reps at tight end too. But right now, I’m listing him at guard. Wrotto’s been pretty bad so far in the preseason. I looked at the offensive line position and decided to keep the best nine.
Analysis: With all of the moving parts, Hangartner could find himself on the outside looking in. I think giving Levitre center reps might be preparing the team for this. Hangartner can pretty much only play center, and the Bills are looking for positional versatility on the line.
Analysis: I love Marcell Dareus. Oh, erm, yeah… the rest of the position. A lot of the ends are position versatile. Carrington has been standing up quite a bit in the 3-4. Heard has seen a lot of time as a 4-3 tackle (next to Michael Jasper in the preseason… man are they big). Because he can play end and tackle (and do both fairly well), I think Heard falls above the cut line.
Analysis: Jasper was a tough decision, but I decided that he makes the initial 53. Given all of the hubbub about his story and workout videos, I think it’d be tough to pass him through waivers and get him to the practice squad. The Bills staff likes him too much to let him go.
Analysis: Well, I did say this was my analysis of the roster. And right now, Torbor is my 2011 LFB (Least Favorite Bill). I think he’s been awful in every aspect of the position besides possibly pass coverage. White looks like he may miss too much time to make the team, although he probably should make it to the practice squad. I really like Brad Jefferson, but the numbers game leaves him off the team.
Analysis: Eight total linebackers seems a little low, but with Carrington’s ability to stand up outside, this could be the appropriate number. Eddins is another player that the team likes, and would be a good player to keep on the practice squad. The first four players on this list seem to be fairly set in stone.
Analysis: Corner has been very impressive in the preseason thus far, possibly solidifying his spot ahead of Aaron Williams for now. Williams had the spectacular interception in the first preseason game, but has been inconsistent at other times. He still looks to be a real prospect for the near future. I liked what I saw out of Rogers early in camp, but he missed the majority of Training Camp, and may be a cut that the Bills won’t want to make. They’ll be hoping he can fall through to the practice squad.
Analysis: I have Bryan Scott listed at strong safety right now, but he’s probably the backup free safety. I think the Jon Corto era is finally over for the Buffalo Bills. Gailey and his guys seem to put less value on the “special teams player” than the team did during the Bobby April days.
Analysis: All three of these guys had the ability to play free safety. It’s possible that the Bills keep another safety, but right now I think four is all that can fit right now.
Analysis: The incumbent.
Analysis: We’ve speculated on several podcasts that Moorman’s time might be over in Buffalo. Although I believe that Forrest would be the right guy to replace him, I don’t think Moorman is quite done yet.
Analysis: As much as I’d love to say I have an opinion on this, I have absolutely no clue. I can only assume that Sanborn will retain his job.