This is really just my thoughts on how the Bills positions will be formed on the Roster. Below will be an incomplete 53 man roster obviously there will be some battles. It mainly has those players who will make the team without a doubt and after that an explanation for each position.
|SE||10||Robert Woods||19||Mike Williams|
|RG||60||Kraig Urbik||Cyril Richardson|
|RT||Cyrus Kouandjio||75||Chris Hairston|
|TE||84||Scott Chandler||82||Tony Moeaki||85||Chris Gragg|
|FL||14||Sammy Watkins||88||Marquise Goodwin|
|QB||3||EJ Manuel||9||Thad Lewis|
|RB||22||Fred Jackson||28||C.J. Spiller||Bryce Brown||26||Anthony Dixon|
|DT||95||Kyle Williams||97||Corbin Bryant|
|DT||99||Marcell Dareus||90||Alan Branch||96||Stefan Charles|
|RE||55||Jerry Hughes||91||Manny Lawson|
|SLB||56||Keith Rivers||57||Ty Powell|
|MLB||51||Brandon Spikes||Preston Brown|
|WLB||50||Kiko Alonso||53||Nigel Bradham|
|LCB||21||Leodis McKelvin||20||Corey Graham|
|SS||23||Aaron Williams||25||Da'Norris Searcy|
|FS||27||Duke Williams||36||Johnathan Meeks|
|RCB||24||Stephon Gilmore||Ross Cockrell|
|K||2||Dan Carpenter||5||Dustin Hopkins|
On the Bubble:
Tight End:Chris Gragg, Lee Smith. Some might think it is dependent on Tony Moneki being healthy, however I think no matter what ChrissGragg will win the battle. With the improvement and power added to the OL Lee Smith wont be needed as much and Chris Gragg adds special teams ability.
5th WR: Kevin Elliot, Chris Hogan, TJ Graham
5th DBs: Ron Brooks, Nickell Roby
Special Teams/DB depth: Mario Butler, Brandon Smith, Deon Broomfield
Special Teams/ 5th safety Safety: Kenny Ladler, JaJuan Harley
Swing OL Tackle: Seantrel Henderson
Swing OL Guard/Emergency Tackle: J.J. Unga, Antoine McClain
Swing Center/Guard/Tackle: Mark Asper, Doug L
3rd String QB: Jeff Tuel, Dennis Dixon and Kenny Guiton
Roster Wins:(Roster 45; 8 Roster spots open)
1. Kevin Elliot- I think the Bills want more size out of the 5th WR spot. They will play mostly in the slot. Hogan doesn't drop many passes which is his advantage along with Special teams. Graham has great speed and has potential to get past defenses however I think Kevin was highly thought of by the coaching staff last season before the injury.
2. Marcus Easley- More special teamer than WR. If can ever develop and catch the ball he could be perfect for the 5th WR spot however he hasn't shown that ability to this point. He makes his value on Special Teams.
3. Nickell Roby- However I think this could be the surprise of the Off-season do not count out Ron Brooks. He is a special teams force at LSU. I think the new coaching staff and defense could be great for Ron Brooks. I think size will end up mattering in the end when it comes to Roby. He was great in a role of blitzing and attacking like Da'Noriss Searcy however with the unknowns on the defensive scheme it will be a race to watch out for.
4. J J Unga- With the youth of McClain possibly threatening Unga. I think they go Unga in the end because they already have youth from our new draft picks. Unga was brought in as a prospect and got some playing time late in the year.
5. Mark Asper- He is bigger and can cover more positions than Doug Legursky. He can handle back up center, and guard positions and has the size as an emergency tackle. Between Hairston (if healthy), Asper, Richardson, Koundajio, Chris Williams it gives us a number of options to shuffle around to tackle and guard. Urbik also has some versatility as well.
6.Unnamed punter- If the Harvard guy can't get it done. I have a hard time believing the Bills being happy with Mooreman to open and carry through the season.
7. Ron Brooks- If he can have a solid pre-season and really exploit his special team prowess I think he makes it ahead of all the competition brought in.
8. Ikponmwosa Igbinosun- Back up to Mario Williams if Corbin Bryant is considered too big for DE.
9. PS. 3rd String QB- I'm pulling for Kenny Guiton. Dennis Dixon I would like if he still has practice squad eligibility. The Practice Squad eligibility is lost on me just like compensatory picks. Guiton makes great sideline throws...Tuel just could not bring it last season. Of course whoever makes the best plays and least mistakes in pre-season/practice I'm all for.
No True Fullback on the Roster:
- Never felt the coaching staff or our scheme loved Full Backs. Summers doesn't have much of a special teams impact and Rodriguez mainly made the team due to his special teams prowess which will have plenty more competition this time around, as I will highlight later in this post.
More Blitzing than anticipated or not the scheme everyone is predicting:
With players like Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson manning the other DE position. I have a feeling that Jacquies Smith and Randell Johnson may be considered DE's as well. Undrafted free agent Bryan Johnson was also listed DL even though most talk was him being a Linebacker. It is hard to envision any of those choices as true DE's even in that scheme, so who knows.Ikponmwosa Igbinosun also could be a candidate based on Wynn's size. Jarius Wynn is no lock to make the roster as well.
We will have two kickers on the roster:
I think Carpenter and Hopkins will make the team. Special teams is a huge focus and on kickoff as long as Hopkins can continue to boom the ball he will retain that role.
I have a feeling our punter for the season is still not on the roster. I think there will still be a dark horse candidate they bring in the 11th hour. Maybe Memphis Tom Hornsey or veteran punter. We will see if the Harvard kid has anything to him.