Buffalo Bills news, 7/10: which receivers make the roster?

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Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and T.J. Graham are locks. Who else will be on the roster at receiver?

Receiving links

#19 - How many receivers will be kept on the roster? - BuffaloBills.com
"It all comes down to who are the best five," said Hackett. "I think that’s always going to be difficult. We’re lucky because we have a lot of guys there that are competing and competition brings the best out of everybody and that’s all you can ask."

Bills Focus: Who's The New Number Two? - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills have a few possible wide receivers who could be lining up on the other side of the field from Stevie Johnson, and John Murphy breaks down the candidates to take over the starting position."

2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Wide Receivers | Buffalo Bills Draft
"On paper, the Bills took an area of weakness at wide receiver and turned it into one of strength. Expectations will be high for Stevie Johnson and his company among the Bills’ receiving corps in 2013."

Here's my take: Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, and T.J. Graham are locks. Who else will be on the roster at receiver? If Brad Smith can get on the squad with special teams, the Bills might keep six total. Who is the other one? I would love for it to be Da'Rick Rogers, but he's too big of a question mark at this point to go anywhere near the term "lock." Kevin Elliott had a great training camp and could end up on the practice squad. Who do you like?

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Inside The Bills | Bills have contingencies at safety
"While the Jairus Byrd franchise tender remains unsigned by the Pro Bowl safety, Buffalo hasn’t sat idly by hoping the situation get resolved sooner rather than later. Buffalo drafted a pair of safeties and transitioned Aaron Williams from corner to safety early in the spring practices."

Inside The Bills | Where signing franchise tender leaves Byrd
"If the Bills franchise player ultimately chooses to sign the franchise tender offer of $6.916M to guarantee his salary this year, here’s where he’d rank in terms of average salary and base salary for the 2013 NFL season."

Can Bills steal a victory from 'average' Patriots on opening day? - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Under Bill Belichick, New England has a .595 win percentage in September and a .836 win percentage in December and January."

NFL player Mario Williams fumbles in suing ex-fiancee as gold digger | Washington Times Communities
"Even for a divorce attorney who’s seen nearly every bit of bad behavior between people, this lawsuit by Williams is idiotic."

Ranking the NFL's deepest backfields - NFL.com
The Buffalo Bills don't make the list, and I suspect it's because they have no youngsters coming up the pipeline.

Buffalo Bills great Thurman Thomas to sign autographs | Democrat and Chronicle
"Thurman Thomas, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and Buffalo Bills standout, will be available to sign autographs at the July 19 Red Wings game from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on the Frontier Field concourse. "

Jairus Byrd heading for a holdout for Buffalo Bills? | Audibles - SI.com
"What that means, in all likelihood, is that Byrd will have to play out 2013 on his one-year, franchise-tag deal and then could become an unrestricted free agent next offseason. It also may mean that Byrd opts to hold out for an extended period."

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