Buffalo Bills release first depth chart of 2022 preseason


The Buffalo Bills (finally) return to action this Saturday when they play a game against the Indianapolis Colts and initiate their preseason. As is customary, the team published an "unofficial" depth chart before the event. As always, the team will stress that this depth chart is by no means final or definitive, and that’s fine. But for several players, it offers us the chance to read into their role with the team. Let’s dig in: The Bills have also released their first depth chart of the preseason, and an all-important pronunciation guide: — Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) August 8, 2022 Wide receiver battles in full force Perhaps nowhere is Buffalo’s depth chart so unsettled as at wide receiver. Aside from Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis locked into their own roles, the rest of the room seems wide open. Isaiah McKenzie is the clear leader for the slot role after his dominant training camp so far, and the team placed Jamison Crowder behind him on the second string. Two more players appear to be competing for a back-of-the-roster role as a slot receiver and returner: Tavon Austin and Khalil Shakir. The veteran’s currently leading as a returner, while the rookie’s ahead in the pecking order at receiver. Also noteworthy is the ascendance of Isaiah Hodgins to the second string, ahead of Marquez Stevenson. The former sixth rounder had a very slow start to his career, only appearing in a single game in his first two seasons, but now might be his best opportunity to make the roster outright. Stevenson caught a bad break with his recent foot injury, and he’s likely to end up on injured reserve this year.