The only major surprise? Chan Gailey lists third-year player Jonathan Stupar as his starting tight end - ahead of second-year pro Shawn Nelson, ahead of 2007 draftee Derek Schouman, and ahead of Georgia Tech alum Michael Matthews. We spoke briefly about Stupar late last week; he has been the most consistent and well-rounded tight end on the roster to date, and apparently Gailey agrees with that assessment. Nelson, Graham reports, is listed second on the depth chart. The 6'3", 254-pound Stupar was an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2008; he had five catches for 39 yards in a reserve capacity a year ago.
Elsewhere, James Hardy is listed as a fourth-teamer at receiver, behind players such as Felton Huggins, Chad Jackson and undrafted rookie free agent David Nelson. The only other mild upset? Alex Carrington being listed as a second-team defensive end ahead of John McCargo - and that's only surprising considering that McCargo has been a mainstay on the second unit since camp opened. Carrington is clearly a better fit at the position.
Other starters: Reggie Torbor over Aaron Maybin at weak-side outside linebacker; Paul Posluszny over Kawika Mitchell at inside linebacker; Drayton Florence over Leodis McKelvin at cornerback. Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed ahead of Brian Brohm as the second-team quarterback.
Buffalo visits the Washington Redskins at 7:30 PM ET on Friday night.