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Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster: Final Predictions

NFL roster cuts will begin rolling in today, and as you're aware by now, the Buffalo Bills must release 27 players by 6:00 PM this evening to reach the NFL's 53-man roster limit. After a long and tumultuous pre-season, our final roster prediction is after the jump - and we expect to see yours in the comments section.

I'll try to head off some of the inevitable questions about this final projection first.

  • Even before yesterday's rumors - which may yet prove to be true - Terrence McGee was atop my list of "surprise cut" contenders due to his age, injury issues and salary. However, I'm still predicting he'll be on the team thanks to the inconsistencies of Leodis McKelvin. McGee can still very obviously help the Bills.
  • On the flip side, I don't think Geoff Hangartner makes the team. It'd be tough to keep a guy, at that salary, that might be inactive for several weeks.
  • Everything else is pretty par for the course compared with what I've projected in previous weeks. The exception is the addition of a practice squad. Of course, if you do have any questions about my rationale, I'd be happy to explain below.

Pos. # Starter # Backup # Reserve
WR 19 Donald Jones 86 David Nelson 18 Naaman Roosevelt
LT 77 Demetrius Bell 71 Ed Wang
LG 67 Andy Levitre 76 Chad Rinehart
C 70 Eric Wood

RG 60 Kraig Urbik

RT 79 Erik Pears 75 Chris Hairston
TE 84 Scott Chandler 80 David Martin
WR 13 Stevie Johnson 11 Roscoe Parrish 81 Marcus Easley
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 72 Kellen Heard
NT 95 Kyle Williams 96 Torell Troup
RE 98 Dwan Edwards 91 Spencer Johnson
SLB 90 Chris Kelsay 92 Alex Carrington
MLB 54 Andra Davis 58 Kirk Morrison 55 Kelvin Sheppard
WLB 50 Nick Barnett 52 Arthur Moats 94 Chris White
JLB 56 Shawne Merriman 57 Danny Batten 59 Antonio Coleman
LCB 21 Leodis McKelvin 24 Terrence McGee 27 Reggie Corner
SS 37 George Wilson 43 Bryan Scott 25 Da'Norris Searcy
FS 31 Jairus Byrd
RCB 29 Drayton Florence 23 Aaron Williams 42 Justin Rogers
K 9 Rian Lindell
P 8 Brian Moorman
LS 65 Garrison Sanborn
Practice Squad: QB Levi Brown, RB Jehuu Caulcrick, WR Kamar Aiken, TE Mike Caussin, OG Colin Brown, NT Michael Jasper, OLB Robert Eddins, S Josh Nesbitt

Cuts: QB Levi Brown, RB Bruce Hall, FB Jehuu Caulcrick, WR Buster Davis, WR Felton Huggins, WR Kamar Aiken, WR Ruvell Martin, TE Mike Caussin, TE Shawn Nelson, TE Zack Pianalto, OT Cordaro Howard, OT Jason Watkins, OG Mansfield Wrotto, OG Colin Brown, C Geoff Hangartner, C Michael Switzer, DE Lionel Dotson, DE T.J. Langley, NT Michael Jasper, OLB Jammie Kirlew, OLB Robert Eddins, ILB Brandon Hicks, CB Doyle Miller, S Jon Corto, S Sidney Glover, S Josh Nesbitt, LS Danny Aiken