When the Buffalo Bills released their inactive list for today’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it contained a host of names that have become regulars on the “healthy scratch” list. However, former starting left guard Vladimir Ducasse had not been one of them...until now.
With rookie Wyatt Teller sliding into the starting lineup against the New York Jets and performing quite well, the coaching staff has deemed Ducasse to be expendable, opting to keep an extra skill position player active instead.
Here is Buffalo’s full inactive list.
QB Derek Anderson
The veteran quarterback has yet to clear concussion protocol, so he will sit another game. With Josh Allen returning to start and Nathan Peterman having been released, the Bills turn to Matt Barkley as the backup. Barkley gave the best performance of the season at quarterback for Buffalo in his only start, completing 60% of his passes for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns.
WR Ray-Ray McCloud III
With Deonte Thompson joining the squad over the bye week, the Bills are back to seven receivers, and the rookie is the odd man out this week. Isaiah McKenzie, who joined the Bills from the Denver Broncos’ practice squad prior to the team’s last game, had success in the utility role that the team envisioned for McCloud, leaving the Clemson product a healthy scratch this week.
TE Charles Clay
The veteran tight end has not practiced all week due to a hamstring injury. He missed the team’s game against the New York Jets prior to the bye, but he still is not healthy enough to play. Jason Croom and Logan Thomas will handle duties at the position today. The Bills used offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles as a sixth lineman on multiple snaps against the Jets, so I would expect that to continue with Clay out again.
OT Conor McDermott
OT Ike Boettger
G Vladimir Ducasse
The news here is with Ducasse, who joins McDermott and Bottger as the thirty percent of Bills’ offensive linemen on the 53-man roster to sit out on game day.
CB Ryan Lewis
Undrafted rookie Levi Wallace started the last game after being called up from the practice squad, and he performed well enough to earn a second start opposite Tre’Davious White. Taron Johnson, who is still nursing a shoulder injury suffered in his first professional game, is healthy enough to suit up, although I expect to see plenty of safety Rafael Bush in the slot to help limit Johnson’s snaps.
As for the Jaguars, they will be without five players due to injury, including a pair of former Bills. Their full inactive list is below.