Bills vs. Lions: Buffalo's Three-Man Defensive Line Battle

PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 08: Michael Jasper #69 of the Buffalo Bills takes a break during the Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College on August 8, 2011 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

During tonight's pre-season finale between the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions, the bulk of the work being done on both sides will be making final evaluations of young depth players. As far as the Bills go, one overlooked battle waging is for (perhaps) one final spot at the back end of the team's defensive line depth chart.

Five Bills defensive linemen - Kyle Williams, Marcell DareusSpencer Johnson, Dwan Edwards and Torell Troup - are locks to make the team. A sixth player, Alex Carrington, is a lock as well - though he's spent the better part of the last month lining up at outside linebacker.

Given Carrington's positional versatility, it seems likely that there will be one spot left for three reserve linemen to battle for. That way, the Bills would have six defensive linemen - enough depth to keep Carrington at linebacker, but not so deep that they couldn't slide Carrington back to end if the need arises.

The three contenders: end Kellen Heard, who has had a strong pre-season; veteran Lionel Dotson, acquired off of waivers; and fan favorite seventh-round pick Michael Jasper. Who do you have, Bills fans?

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