Buffalo Bills Down Just Five Players From Week 1, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Drayton Florence #29 of the Buffalo Bills encourages the fans during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)

I'm not exactly sure why - perhaps it's reaching the home stretch of the lame part of the off-season before Buffalo Bills training camp begins - but I've been thinking a lot about the eventual shape of the team's 53-man roster, sparked predominantly by last night's discussion about "locks" for the squad.

Curious to see what last year's opening day roster looked like, I went back into our archives and dug it up (then tweaked it for a couple of roster moves the team made between cut-down-day and the September 11 opener). Maybe it's just me, but I was a bit surprised to find that only five players that were on the team in Kansas City are no longer with the organization.

Those five players: wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, tight end David Martin, left tackle Demetress Bell, linebacker Andra Davis and cornerback Drayton Florence.

Naturally, that number is going to grow once final cuts are made this coming December - not just because of an influx of new players, but also potentially because of the transition from a 3-4 base defense back to a 4-3. Others face stiff competition from players that spent time with the Bills last season (one example being running back Johnny White).

Take a look at last year's opening-day roster in depth chart form. In terms of personnel there's a lot of carryover, but particularly on the defensive side of the ball, there are massive changes that we'll need to account for in future depth charts.

Pos. STARTER Backup Reserve
WR 19 - DONALD JONES 86 - David Nelson
LT 77 - DEMETRIUS BELL 75 - Chris Hairston
LG 67 - ANDY LEVITRE
C 70 - ERIC WOOD 74 - Colin Brown
RG 60 - KRAIG URBIK 76 - Chad Rinehart
RT 79 - ERIK PEARS 71 - Sam Young
TE 84 - SCOTT CHANDLER 80 - David Martin 85 - Lee Smith
WR 13 - STEVIE JOHNSON 11 - Roscoe Parrish 81 - Marcus Easley
QB 14 - RYAN FITZPATRICK 4 - Tyler Thigpen 16 - Brad Smith
RB 22 - FRED JACKSON 28 - C.J. Spiller 20 - Johnny White
FB 38 - COREY McINTYRE
DE 99 - MARCELL DAREUS 72 - Kellen Heard
NT 95 - KYLE WILLIAMS 96 - Torell Troup
DE 98 - DWAN EDWARDS 92 - Alex Carrington
SLB 90 - CHRIS KELSAY 91 - Spencer Johnson
MLB 54 - ANDRA DAVIS 58 - Kirk Morrison 55 - Kelvin Sheppard
WLB 50 - NICK BARNETT 52 - Arthur Moats 51 - Chris White
JLB 56 - SHAWNE MERRIMAN 57 - Danny Batten 48 - Robert Eddins
LCB 24 - TERRENCE McGEE 21 - Leodis McKelvin 26 - Justin Rogers
SS 37 - GEORGE WILSON 43 - Bryan Scott 25 - Da'Norris Searcy
FS 31 - JAIRUS BYRD
RCB 29 - DRAYTON FLORENCE 23 - Aaron Williams
K 9 - RIAN LINDELL
P 8 - BRIAN MOORMAN
LS 65 - GARRISON SANBORN
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