Buffalo Bills Opening Day Roster, Circa 2010

Yesterday, we spent a little bit of time discussing just how quickly Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey have overturned the Buffalo Bills' roster. In that time frame, the Bills have acquired (or re-signed) 61 of the 80 players currently on their roster, leaving just 19 holdovers from Dick Jauron's final team in Buffalo.

Things get even more eye-popping when examining the Bills' opening-day roster just a year ago. Does everyone remember the Bills' 15-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins on September 12, 2010, or has everyone sufficiently blocked that game from being properly recalled?

Take a look at last year's opening-day roster after the jump. Many of the changes to that depth chart took place during a tumultuous 4-12 season last year, and many more have obviously occurred since the end of the lockout. We'll leave it up to you to decide if the team has improved on paper.

Pos. # Starter # Backup # Reserve
WR 13 Steve Johnson 86 David Nelson*
LT 77 Demetrius Bell 69 Jamon Meredith 71 Ed Wang*
LG 67 Andy Levitre 68 Cordaro Howard
C 63 Geoff Hangartner
RG 70 Eric Wood 60 Kraig Urbik
RT 74 Cornell Green
TE 88 Jonathan Stupar 80 David Martin
WR 83 Lee Evans 11 Roscoe Parrish 19 Donald Jones*
QB 5 Trent Edwards 14 Ryan Fitzpatrick 4 Brian Brohm
RB 21 C.J. Spiller* 22 Fred Jackson 23 Marshawn Lynch
FB 38 Corey McIntyre
LE 99 Marcus Stroud 92 Alex Carrington*
NT 95 Kyle Williams 96 Torell Troup*
RE 98 Dwan Edwards 91 Spencer Johnson 97 John McCargo
SLB 90 Chris Kelsay 93 Chris Ellis
MLB 54 Andra Davis 50 Akin Ayodele
WLB 51 Paul Posluszny 56 Keith Ellison 52 Arthur Moats*
JLB 53 Reggie Torbor 58 Aaron Maybin 59 Antonio Coleman*
LCB 24 Terrence McGee 21 Leodis McKelvin 26 Ashton Youboty
SS 20 Donte Whitner 43 Bryan Scott
FS 31 Jairus Byrd 37 George Wilson 47 Cary Harris
RCB 29 Drayton Florence 27 Reggie Corner
K 9 Rian Lindell
P 8 Brian Moorman
LS 65 Garrison Sanborn

Player names in bold above are, as you may have already surmised, players that are no longer with the organization (the exception being Torbor, who is currently on IR for a second straight year). If you counted up an astonishing 18 names - over a third of the opening-day roster - that is no longer with Buffalo, you count as accurately as we do.

Of those 18 players, six of them were removed from the team during the 2010 season. Marshawn Lynch was traded to Seattle for picks, one of which has already turned into tackle Chris Hairston. Trent Edwards, Cornell Green, Jamon Meredith, Chris Ellis and Cary Harris were all released, for varying reasons. The remaining dozen names departed through various means since the 2010 season concluded.

As we said yesterday: my, how things can change in one year.

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