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Buffalo Bills’ free-agency depth chart, 2020

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The Bills have made some moves, so where do the holes remain?

The Buffalo Bills entered the 2020 offseason with many holes on their roster. After a flurry of signings and a big trade, here is where the Bills’ roster stands. New free-agent signings and traded-for players are marked with an asterisk.

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.

Quarterback

Josh Allen
Matt Barkley
Davis Webb

This position would seem to be mostly set with the “franchise quarterback” and veteran backup. They also have a depth option, but could still bring in someone to compete with Barkley or supplant Webb as the third QB. At a minimum, they will likely bring in a fourth quarterback at some point for minicamp or training camp.

Running Back

Patrick DiMarco
Taiwan Jones*
Devin Singletary
Christian Wade
T.J. Yeldon

There are a lot of folks who would like to see Wade get a shot at the active roster, but it’s a long shot. Buffalo is still likely in the market for a starting-type running back in free agency or the draft to pair with Singletary. Yeldon is JAG (just a guy) and could be their third running back or off the roster by the time training camp rolls around, while Jones is likely only going to see snaps on special teams.

Wide Receiver

Cole Beasley
John Brown
Stefon Diggs *
Nick Easley
Robert Foster
Ray-Ray McCloud III
Andre Roberts
Duke Williams

The Bills made a huge splash trading for Stefon Diggs to roudn out the top of the wide receiver corps, but it cost them a first-round pick. Beyond that, what are their long-term plans for Williams and Foster?

Tight End

Nate Becker
Jason Croom
Dawson Knox
Tyler Kroft
Lee Smith
Tommy Sweeney

Croom was literally the only name on the list at this point last year, but the Bills have built solid depth and could just stay status quo in 2020.

Interior O-line

Ike Boettger
Jon Feliciano
Spencer Long
Mitch Morse
Quinton Spain

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.

Offensive tackle

Ryan Bates
Dion Dawkins
Cody Ford
Ty Nsekhe

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. This whole position could be overhauled or completely left alone.

Defensive End

Mario Addison *
Jerry Hughes
Quinton Jefferson *
Darryl Johnson Jr.
Mike Love
Trent Murphy
Jonathan Woodard

The Bills signed Addison, who has 9 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 is a perfect place to improve. Jefferson is a versatile piece that could pull snaps from Murphy, as well.

Defensive Tackle

Vernon Butler *
Star Lotulelei
Ed Oliver
Harrison Phillips
Vincent Taylor

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.

Linebacker

Tyrel Dodson
Tremaine Edmunds
Vosean Joseph
A.J. Klein *
Tyler Matakevich *
Matt Milano
Del’Shawn Phillips
Corey Thompson

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. They will probably add more deth in the late rounds of the drafts and in the undrafted time frame.

Cornerback

Taron Johnson
Cam Lewis
Josh Norman *
Levi Wallace
Tre’Davious White

The Bills already added Norman, who was released by Washington, to compete for the CB2 job. This is another position Buffalo likes to stockpile, so don’t be surprised if they add another cornerback with starting experience but question marks to create a three-way race with Norman and Wallace. Johnson, the nickel cornerback, just received a boost in the coaching department as the team added a dedicated nickel coach.

Safety

Micah Hyde
Jaquan Johnson
Dean Marlowe
Siran Neal
Jordan Poyer

The Bills have been quick to add veteran depth over the last several offseasons, but not early on in free agency. With Neal playing mostly in the slot as the Big Nickel, they’ll likely add a pair of safeties this offseason.

Specialists

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.


Unofficial depth chart

2020 Free Agency Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Reserve Reserve
Position Starter Backup Reserve Reserve
QB Josh Allen Matt Barkley Davis Webb
RB Devin Singletary T.J. Yeldon Taiwan Jones* Christian Wade
FB Patrick DiMarco
WR1 Stefon Diggs* Duke Williams Ray-Ray McCloud
WR2 John Brown Robert Foster Nick Easley
SWR Cole Beasley Andre Roberts
TE1 Dawson Knox Tyler Kroft Jason Croom
TE2 Lee Smith Tommy Sweeney Nate Becker
LT Dion Dawkins Ryan Bates
LG Quinton Spain Spencer Long
C Mitch Morse
RG Jon Feliciano Ike Boettger
RT Ty Nsekhe Cody Ford Victor Salako
RE Jerry Hughes Quinton Jefferson* Darryl Johnson, Jr.
NT Star Lotulelei Harrison Phillips Vincent Taylor
DT Ed Oliver Vernon Butler
LE Mario Addison* Trent Murphy Mike Love Jonathan Woodard
SLB A.J. Klein* Tyler Matakevich* Tyrel Dodson
MLB Tremaine Edmunds Corey Thompson
WLB Matt Mliano Vosean Joseph Del'Shawn Phillips
CB Tre'Davious White Cam Lewis
FS Jordan Poyer Jaquan Johnson
SS Micah Hyde Dean Marlowe
NB Taron Johnson Siran Neal
CB Josh Norman* Levi Wallace
K Stephen Hauschka Kaare Vedvik
P Corey Bojorquez Kaare Vedvik
LS Reid Ferguson
KR Andre Roberts
* - 2020 Free Agent

Buffalo has room to add more than two dozen to the roster between the second wave of free agency, the NFL Draft, and undrafted free agents. (They are allowed 91 players due to Christian Wade’s International Player Pathway exemption.) Upgrades, replacements, and a whole lot more depth is coming.