2013 Buffalo Bills opening day roster: a look back

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15 players that were on the Buffalo Bills' opening day roster last season are no longer with the organization - and that number could grow significantly later this summer.

Four weeks from this evening, the Buffalo Bills will open 2014 training camp at St. John Fisher College. Over those four weeks, we will slowly build up our excitement levels for the 2014 season as the Bills, amidst a franchise sale, follow through on an aggressive offseason aimed at ending a 14-year playoff drought.

Much of our focus in training camp is on position battles, and what the 53-man, opening day roster will look like come Week 1, when the Bills travel west to take on the Chicago Bears. In order to appreciate the shape of the newest iteration of the team, let's take a trip down memory lane to recall what the 2013 Bills opening day roster looked like.

Below, you'll see the opening-day roster for the Bills a year ago. That team dropped its home opener, 23-21, to the New England Patriots, kick-starting a 6-10 campaign. (Of note: Jairus Byrd, Stephon Gilmore, Doug Legursky and Dustin Hopkins all missed that game due to injury.) Any name in bold below is the name of a player that is already no longer with the organization; you'll count a whopping 15 of those. Add in the idea that as many as another eight or nine may not make the 2014 opening day roster, and one starts to appreciate just how much turnover a NFL roster can see in one calendar year - especially when a team is as desperate for a quick turnaround as the Bills are.

Pos. Starter Backup Reserve
WR Stevie Johnson Robert Woods Chris Hogan
LT Cordy Glenn Thomas Welch
LG Colin Brown
C Eric Wood Doug Legursky
RG Kraig Urbik
RT Erik Pears Sam Young
TE Scott Chandler Lee Smith Chris Gragg
WR T.J. Graham Marquise Goodwin Marcus Easley
QB EJ Manuel Jeff Tuel
FB Frank Summers
RB C.J. Spiller Fred Jackson Tashard Choice
RE Mario Williams Jerry Hughes
DT Kyle Williams Jay Ross
NT Marcell Dareus Alan Branch
DE Alex Carrington Corbin Bryant
WLB Nigel Bradham Marcus Dowtin
MLB Kiko Alonso Arthur Moats
SLB Manny Lawson Jamaal Westerman
RCB Stephon Gilmore Justin Rogers Brandon Burton
SS Aaron Williams Da'Norris Searcy Jonathan Meeks
FS Jairus Byrd Jim Leonhard Duke Williams
LCB Leodis McKelvin Ron Brooks Nickell Robey
K Dan Carpenter Dustin Hopkins
P Shawn Powell
LS Garrison Sanborn

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