I’ll admit it—for much of the year, I’ve prewritten the Buffalo Bills’ list of inactives well in advance of them actually announcing it. Thanks in part to good health and (sometimes maddening) consistency on the part of the coaching staff, it’s made this gig far easier than it’s been in years past.
Today, however, is different. With a measure of uncertainty surrounding the lineup given the fact that today’s game against the New York Jets means nothing in terms of Buffalo’s already-decided playoff seeding, a prewrite was impossible. I even tried to guess, but I was nowhere close.
So, without further adieu, here are today’s inactives.
RB Devin Singletary
This one seems like a good idea. Rest the rookie in a meaningless game. While veteran Frank Gore is active, it’s likely that not only do we see a heavy dose of T.J. Yeldon today, but some Senorise Perry sprinkled in, as well.
WR John Brown
Resting the veteran and the team’s No. 1 receiving option makes sense given the meaningless nature of today’s game. Buffalo figures to go with some heavy looks today, though, with a bare-bones active receiving corps.
WR Cole Beasley
See above. Rather than expose the veteran slot receiver to injury, the Bills will rest him. Robert Foster, Isaiah McKenzie, and Duke Williams are the only active wideouts today.
WR Andre Roberts
This one was easy, as the return specialist will miss the contest thanks to a foot injury. It’s the third game he’s missed this year, and the second time he’s been unable to suit up against the Jets.
TE Dawson Knox
Rather than expose the rookie to more hits, Buffalo has swapped one inactive rookie for another. Tommy Sweeney, taken in the seventh round this April, will be active for the first time since Tyler Kroft returned from injury.
DE Shaq Lawson
The second easy one was Lawson, who injured his hamstring last week in the loss against the New England Patriots. Rather than push it and try to rush back, it’s far smarter to allow him to rest up for next week’s Wild Card game.
CB Tre’Davious White
Buffalo has no reason to play the only corner in the NFL not to allow a touchdown this season. Kevin Johnson and Levi Wallace will handle the starting cornerback duties.
Here are the Jets’ inactive players: