The Buffalo Bills have an abundance of versatile offensive line depth. Throw in some starting experience among those players and the Bills have a clear plan: make sure that they aren’t relying on question marks and rookies to protect the franchise quarterback.
The sheer number of players fighting for a spot on the roster indicates that the Bills will cut some quality players this offseason, and if the pattern holds, general manager Brandon Beane may even be able to trade a player or two for draft capital prior to September.
In today’s edition of “90 players in 90 days,” we profile one of those depth players along the offensive line.
Name: Jordan Devey
Height/Weight: 6’6” 320 lbs.
Age: 33 (34 on 1/11/2022)
Acquired: Signed with Buffalo’s practice squad on 9/9/2020
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Devey signed a one year contract worth $1 million this offseason. His cap hit for the year is $860,000 thanks to the veteran’s minimum exception.
2020 Recap: Devey spent the 2020 offseason with the Las Vegas Raiders, who released him during final roster cutdowns on September 1. He signed with Buffalo the following week, and he played in one game during the season, an 18-10 victory over the New York Jets in Week Seven. He appeared on two offensive snaps in that game.
Positional outlook: Devey is listed as an offensive lineman, but much of his NFL experience has come on the interior offensive line. He’s played in 44 games, starting 21, and his most extensive experience has come at right guard. This suggests that his main competition for the roster includes interior offensive linemen like Mitch Morse, Cody Ford, Jon Feliciano, Forrest Lamp, Ike Boettger, Jack Anderson, Steven Gonzalez, Syrus Tuitele, and Jamil Douglas. Ryan Bates is also listed as an offensive lineman.
2021 Offseason: Devey is healthy and he participated in OTAs.
2021 Season outlook: Barring injuries or a strong preseason, it’s hard to imagine Buffalo keeping Devey come September. Morse, Ford, and Feliciano are solid bets to make the roster, and Lamp and Boettger are guys I’d imagine are ahead of Devey on the depth chart. He has some experience in a league where offensive line play continues to worsen, so he will probably be on an NFL roster this year. I just don’t think that the roster Devey ends up on is Buffalo’s in 2021.