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Bills Training Camp: 53-Man Roster Projection, Take Two

A lot has changed for the Buffalo Bills since I made my first 53-man roster projection of the season last week. Lee Evans was traded, Aaron Maybin was waived, at least two players (Alex Carrington and Josh Nesbitt) have (sort of) switched positions, and a pre-season game is in the bag.

After the jump, I'll highlight the notable changes (there aren't many) and unveil the second iteration of the projection. You're free to offer your own projections, or merely your objections, in the comments section.

Here's a quick rundown of the notable changes to the team over the past week, and a final note on the toughest players to cut:

  • With Evans out of the picture, it's very clear that Donald Jones has become the favorite to take his spot in the starting lineup. That's reflected here accordingly. Also, with Evans gone, Marcus Easley sneaks onto the final roster as a sixth receiver.
  • I've axed a third tight end, for two reasons: they don't currently have a third that's proven himself worthy of a roster spot, and I needed the extra roster spot for a defensive lineman...
  • ... that lineman being Lionel Dotson. With the team giving Alex Carrington most of his reps at outside linebacker (for whatever reason), it now seems likely that they'll open the season with seven defensive linemen. Dotson easily beats out Michael Jasper for that honor.
  • Once again, Chad Rinehart was one of the final cuts, and a player I tried to find a place for. I just don't think he's versatile enough to keep, particularly since they'll keep Chris Hairston on the roster as a developmental prospect. If Rinehart's going to stick, he'll need to beat out Kraig Urbik.
  • The other final cut was Buster Davis, who I still consider the seventh receiver thanks to the level of investment made in Easley and the very strong pre-season being put together by Naaman Roosevelt. Now Davis is hurt, too, which won't help his cause.
Pos. # Starter # Backup # Reserve
WR 19 Donald Jones 11 Roscoe Parrish 81 Marcus Easley
LT 77 Demetrius Bell 71 Ed Wang
LG 67 Andy Levitre
C 70 Eric Wood 63 Geoff Hangartner
RG 60 Kraig Urbik 61 Mansfield Wrotto
RT 79 Erik Pears 75 Chris Hairston*
TE 84 Scott Chandler 80 David Martin
WR 13 Stevie Johnson 86 David Nelson 18 Naaman Roosevelt
QB 14 Ryan Fitzpatrick 4 Tyler Thigpen 16 Brad Smith
RB 22 Fred Jackson 28 C.J. Spiller 35 Johnny White*
FB 38 Corey McIntyre
LE 99 Marcell Dareus* 92 Alex Carrington 97 Lionel Dotson
NT 95 Kyle Williams 96 Torell Troup
RE 98 Dwan Edwards 91 Spencer Johnson
SLB 90 Chris Kelsay 57 Danny Batten
MLB 54 Andra Davis 55 Kelvin Sheppard* 94 Chris White*
WLB 50 Nick Barnett 53 Reggie Torbor 52 Arthur Moats
JLB 56 Shawne Merriman 59 Antonio Coleman
LCB 24 Terrence McGee 21 Leodis McKelvin
SS 37 George Wilson 43 Bryan Scott 25 Da'Norris Searcy*
FS 31 Jairus Byrd
RCB 29 Drayton Florence 23 Aaron Williams* 27 Reggie Corner
K 9 Rian Lindell
P 8 Brian Moorman
LS 65 Garrison Sanborn

Players cut (34): QB Levi Brown, RB Bruce Hall, RB Anthony Elzy, FB Jehuu Caulcrick, WR Buster Davis, WR Felton Huggins, WR Paul Hubbard, WR Kamar Aiken, TE Shawn Nelson, TE Mike Caussin, TE Zach Pianalto, OT Cordaro Howard, OT Jason Watkins, OG Chad Rinehart, OG Colin Brown, OG Isaiah Thompson, C Michael Switzer, DE T.J. Langley, NT Michael Jasper, NT Kellen Heard, OLB Jammie Kirlew, OLB Robert Eddins, ILB Brad Jefferson, ILB Brandon Hicks, CB Justin Rogers, CB Loyce Means, CB Doyle Miller, S Jon Corto, S Rajric Coleman, S Sidney Glover, S Josh Nesbitt, K Chris Hazley, P Reid Forrest, LS Danny Aiken.

Positional Breakdown

QB (3): Fitzpatrick, Thigpen, Smith
RB (3): Jackson, Spiller, White
FB (1): McIntyre
WR (6): Johnson, Jones, Parrish, Nelson, Roosevelt, Easley
TE (2): Chandler, Martin
OT (4): Bell, Pears, Wang, Hairston
OG (3): Levitre, Urbik, Wrotto
C (2): Wood, Hangartner
DE (5): Dareus, Edwards, Johnson, Carrington, Dotson
NT (2): Williams, Troup
OLB (4): Merriman, Kelsay, Coleman, Batten
ILB (6): Barnett, Davis, Torbor, Sheppard, Moats, White
CB (5): Florence, McGee, McKelvin, Williams, Corner
S (4): Byrd, Wilson, Scott, Searcy
SP (3): Lindell, Moorman, Sanborn