The Buffalo Bills entered the 2020 offseason with many holes on their roster. After a flurry of signings, a big trade, and the 2020 NFL Draft. here is where the Bills’ roster stands. New free-agent signings and traded-for players are marked with an asterisk while draft picks have a plus sign. Undrafted free-agent signings are not yet official and weren’t included.
Note: Players are listed in alphabetical order in the body of the article but an unofficial depth chart appears at the end of the article.
Jake Fromm +
This position would seem to be mostly set with the “franchise quarterback” and veteran backup. Buffalo added Fromm this offseason, who has potential to stick on the roster long-term as the backup to Allen. The Bills have been rolling with only two quarterbacks on the final roster, but this could be the year the QB room gets bigger.
Taiwan Jones *
Zack Moss +
Jones was added in free agency for his special teams prowess, while Moss is going to come in and be expected to handle a large load right away as a third-round pick. Using back-to-back high picks on running backs, the Bills appear to be set with a one-two punch for years to come. Anything they can get from Yeldon is a bonus and Wade’s athleticism will once again make him a preseason darling, but he has a free spot on the practice squad this fall.
Gabriel Davis +
Stefon Diggs *
Isaiah Hodgins +
Ray-Ray McCloud III
The Bills made a huge splash trading for Stefon Diggs to round out the top of the wide receiver corps, but it cost them a first-round pick. With questions about the long-term effectiveness of Williams and Foster, the team went out and drafted two guys who could replace them in Davis and Hodgins. Roberts is likely to make the team in a special teams role once again behind starters Brown and Beasley, leaving not much room for McKenzie, McCloud, and Easley.
The Bills have completely rebuilt this position group over the last 14 months, with Croom as the only holdover from the start of that time frame. It’s telling that they didn’t add anyone this offseason after two free agents and two draft picks a year ago.
Evan Boehm *
Buffalo added a bunch of players here last offseason, as well. Spain played well enough to garner a contract extension and the top five are all in place heading from 2019 into 2020. Boehm has starting experience in the NFL and adds depth and competition.
Darryl Williams *
Dawkins solidified himself as the starting left tackle last year after a shaky 2018. Ford, drafted in the second round last year, still has work to do to be an NFL-caliber tackle but could shift inside to guard and be elite. Nsekhe is old while Bates is green. They did add the former All-Pro Williams to the mix, but he’s been underwhelming in more recent seasons. Like Nsekhe, he only has one year left on his deal so they’ll need to address this position next offseason.
Mario Addison *
A.J. Epenesa +
Quinton Jefferson *
Darryl Johnson Jr.
The Bills signed Addison, who has nine sacks or more in each of the last four seasons, to address this group with the departure of Shaq Lawson and the underwhelming play of Murphy. Add in Hughes’s advancing age and the draft was a perfect place to improve with the addition of second-rounder Epenesa who will likely back up the vet. The rookie had poor testing numbers at the Combine but his tape is outstanding. Jefferson is a versatile piece who could pull snaps from Murphy, as well.
Vernon Butler *
After losing Jordan Phillips, the Bills added Butler to the mix along with Quinton Jefferson, who can slide inside from DE. Ed Oliver is the man at 3-tech DT, now. Lotulelei agreed to a pay cut in order to stick in 2020 and Harrison Phillips is returning from injury.
A.J. Klein *
Tyler Matakevich *
Klein’s signing shows the Bills were concerned about adding a veteran presence to replace Lorenzo Alexander at linebacker and Matakevich is the likely special teams replacement for Zo. With a lot of depth from veterans, they stayed put in the draft.
E.J. Gaines *
Dane Jackson +
Josh Norman *
The Bills added Norman, who was released by Washington, and Gaines, formerly of the Bills, to compete for the CB2 job. Johnson, the nickel cornerback, just received a boost in the coaching department as the team added a dedicated nickel coach. Like Norman and Gaines, Wallace has one year left on his deal and Buffalo used just a seventh-round pick to address the position, so they’ll have work to do a year from now.
The Bills made no changes to their depth chart this year, instead re-signing Poyer to a contract extension. A priority UDFA here would make sense over the next couple days to add youth and potential to the position, but they have good experience here.
Tyler Bass (kicker) +
Corey Bojorquez (punter)
Reid Ferguson (long snapper)
Stephen Hauschka (kicker)
Kaare Vedvik (punter/kicker)
The Bills are going to have a Kaare/Corey battle at punter, it would seem. Vedvik bombed in his regular-season placekicking role and is presumably shifting back to punter. Hauschka rebounded for a decent 2019 season, but with his age and declining leg power, Buffalo added a big-legged kicker in the draft.
Unofficial depth chart
2020 Offseason Bills’ depth chart
|QB||Josh Allen||Matt Barkley||Jake Fromm+||Davis Webb|
|RB1||Devin Singletary||T.J. Yeldon||Christian Wade|
|RB2||Zack Moss+||Taiwan Jones*|
|WR1||Stefon Diggs*||Gabriel Davis+||Duke Williams||Ray-Ray McCloud|
|WR2||John Brown||Isaiah Hodgins+||Robert Foster||Nick Easley|
|SWR||Cole Beasley||Isaiah McKenzie||Andre Roberts|
|TE1||Dawson Knox||Tyler Kroft||Jason Croom|
|TE2||Lee Smith||Tommy Sweeney||Nate Becker|
|LT||Dion Dawkins||Ryan Bates||Victor Salako|
|LG||Quinton Spain||Evan Boehm*|
|C||Mitch Morse||Spencer Long|
|RG||Jon Feliciano||Ike Boettger|
|RT||Ty Nsekhe||Cody Ford||Darryl Williams*|
|RE||Jerry Hughes||Trent Murphy||Darryl Johnson, Jr.|
|NT||Star Lotulelei||Harrison Phillips||Vincent Taylor|
|DT||Ed Oliver||Quinton Jefferson*||Vernon Butler*|
|LE||Mario Addison*||A.J. Epenesa+||Mike Love||Jonathan Woodard|
|SLB||A.J. Klein*||Tyler Matakevich*|
|MLB||Tremaine Edmunds||Corey Thompson||Tyrel Dodson|
|WLB||Matt Mliano||Vosean Joseph||Del'Shawn Phillips|
|CB||Tre'Davious White||E.J. Gaines*||Cam Lewis|
|FS||Jordan Poyer||Jaquan Johnson|
|SS||Micah Hyde||Dean Marlowe|
|NB||Taron Johnson||Siran Neal|
|CB||Josh Norman*||Levi Wallace||Dane Jackson+|
|K||Stephen Hauschka||Tyler Bass+|
|P||Corey Bojorquez||Kaare Vedvik*|
|* 2020 Free Agent/Trade|
|+ NFL Draft pick|