One of the most pleasant surprises of training camp was the performance of Sam Young. It also presents a dilemma to the coaching staff when determining what players to keep on the 53 man roster. Eric Wood, Andy Levitre, Craig Urbik, Erik Pears, Cordy Glenn, Chad Reinhart, and Chris Hairston figure to all be locks to make the team. Either Sanders or Young will make the team as well, leaving one roster spot for the 9th OL. Thus far it appears Young is ahead of Sanders on the depth chart, serving as the teams 4th OT. This leaves the Bills with three options:
1) Put Sanders on the practice squad and keep Sam Young and Colin Brown.
2) Cut Young and keep Brown and Sanders
3) Cut Brown and keep both Young and Sanders
Option 1 will mean the Bills risk losing the 5th round pick with exceptional physical ability and upside in favor of more competent player with limited upside. Option 2 favors keeping Sanders as a project and losing solid depth in Young. Option 3 protects the depth at OT, but leaves the OL extremely thin at interior line depth.
There are a ton of factors at play in this decision:
1) Has Sanders shown enough promise to warrant keeping him around in favor of a more competent player?
2) Does the team believe the interior OL, especially Eric Wood, can stay healthy enough to carry such a small amount of depth behind him?
3) Is Erik Pears injury a significant enough concern to require a competent 4th OT such as Young this season?
4) Is the team willing to slide Cordy Glenn inside to OG and play Hairston at LT if 2 of the interior lineman go down with injuries?
5) Would Sanders last on the practice squad without another team making a move to sign him?
It's a tough decision to have to make. What is your opinion on the situation? I can't figure out how to insert a poll, so post your vote of the three options below and explain your reasoning.