The Buffalo Bills have whittled their roster down to the required 53 players before 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, but don’t think this is the final version of their roster. The team still has some work to do, moving a young player or two to injured reserve and re-signing a veteran. They could also be on the lookout to increase depth at certain areas on their active roster.
We listed players in alphabetical order in the roster list but there is a projected depth chart at the bottom. Free-agent signings are marked with an asterisk while NFL Draft picks are marked with a plus sign and UDFAs are marked with a double plus sign.
Cut: Jake Fromm, Davis Webb
The Bills have Trubisky as the primary backup to Allen. Fromm and Webb are both possibilities for the practice squad. With Allen presumably fully vaccinated and not at risk of a mandatory quarantine, they didn’t need a third QB on the active roster.
Running Back (5)
Cuts: Kerrith Whyte*, Antonio Williams
Injured Reserve: Christian Wade
Moss and Singletary may have to work hard to keep Breida off the field this year. Jones is a special teams roster spot, and Gilliam will be a jack-of-all-trades at tight end, fullback, and on special teams. Wade has a guaranteed spot on the practice squad and Antonio Williams has a strong case, as well.
Wide Receiver (7)
Cut: Tanner Gentry, Brandon Powell*, Steven Sims*, Isaiah Hodgins
Kumerow had such a strong camp, it wasn’t surprising to see his name pop up on the roster. Hodgins is a player I didn’t want to see cut, but he hasn’t been healthy enough to make an impact. Maybe he will be back on the practice squad. McKenzie, who is potentially dealing with a multi-week injury right now, is likely headed for injured reserve in the next day or so.
Tight end (2)
Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney
Cut: Nate Becker, Jacob Hollister*, Quintin Morris*
Hollister is likely headed back to 53-man roster after another player goes on injured reserve. Sweeney’s foot injury is just another example of the snake-bit former seventh rounder’s bad luck, but he somehow made the squad. This is a position where they may bring in someone from the outside, too.
Offensive tackle (4)
Cut: Bobby Hart*
Brown has been working at left tackle with Dion Dawkins sidelined and floated back to the right side after Dawkins returned. His injury is not considered serious. I had wanted them to try and trade Hart, but they couldn’t get a bag of footballs for him at this point.
Interior OL (5)
Cut: Jordan Devey, Jamil Douglas*, Jack Anderson+
A draft pick released in Anderson is just the third of Brandon Beane’s tenure. Morse has been unquestioned while Boettger, Ford, and Feliciano have been rotating. Bates is solid, versatile depth.
Defensive Tackle (5)
Cut: Brandin Bryant
Injured reserve: Treyvon Hester*
Justin Zimmer played like a man with his hair on fire and the general manager and coaching staff talked him up like no other. Phillips played his way onto the roster during training camp, but he is hurt right now and is another great candidate to make the 53 then immediately go on IR to be brought back later. While folks have wanted Vernon Butler gone, with Phillips hurt, they kept him on the roster.
Defensive End (6)
Carlos Basham, Jr.+
Traded: Darryl Johnson, Jr.
Cut: Mike Love
Injured reserve: Treyvon Hester*
The Bills shipped Johnson to the Panthers on Monday. They kept almost everyone else on a deep defensive end group where you’ll see at least one game day inactive each week.
Cut: Marquel Lee*, Tyrell Adams*, Joe Giles-Harris
A solid group of NFL-caliber linebackers, Smith played his way onto the roster during camp and Dodson was too valuable to let go after his strong play a year ago. The Darryl Johnson trade really paved the way here, I think.
Cut: Rachad Wildgoose Jr.+, Nick McCloud++, Olaijah Griffin++, Cam Lewis
Cam Lewis is a high priority for the practice squad, I’d think, especially with injuries to the second through fourth cornerbacks on the roster. They’ve exposed him to waivers before and he went unclaimed. Wildgoose is just the third or fourth draft pick not to make the team, along with Anderson.
Cut: Josh Thomas
Hamlin moves into the developmental safety role over former UDFA Thomas, but it was close, and Thomas will end up on the practice squad again. If Johnson is expected to be out multiple weeks with his injury, he’s another player they could carry for a few days before placing on injured reserve and re-signing a veteran cut.
K Tyler Bass
P Matt Haack*
The Bills cut Reid Ferguson, but he will be back soon. It’s a procedural move.
Here is the depth chart provided by the team prior to the opener:
2021 Buffalo Bills Offseason Depth Chart
|QB||Josh Allen||Mitchell Trubisky*|
|RB1||Zack Moss||Matt Breida*||Taiwan Jones|
|WR1||Stefon Diggs||Jake Kumerow||Marquez Stevenson+|
|WR2||Emmanuel Sanders*||Gabriel Davis|
|SWR||Cole Beasley||Isaiah McKenzie|
|TE||Dawson Knox||Tommy Sweeney|
|LT||Dion Dawkins||Spencer Brown+|
|C||Mitch Morse||Ryan Bates|
|RG||Cody Ford||Ike Boettger|
|RT||Daryl Williams||Tommy Doyle+|
|LE||Mario Addison||Greg Rousseau+||Efe Obada*|
|NT||Star Lotulelei||Vernon Butler||Harrison Phillips|
|DT||Ed Oliver||Justin Zimmer|
|RE||Jerry Hughes||A.J. Epenesa||Carlos Basham+|
|MLB||Tremaine Edmunds||A.J. Klein||Tyler Matakevich|
|WLB||Matt Milano||Tyrel Dodson||Andre Smith|
|FS||Jordan Poyer||Damar Hamlin+|
|SS||Micah Hyde||Jaquan Johnson|
|NB||Taron Johnson||Siran Neal|
|CB||Levi Wallace||Dane Jackson|
|KR/PR||Isaiah McKenzie||Marquez Stevenson+|