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Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection 2015: the final countdown

Bills preseason football is finished. By tomorrow, they'll have trimmed their roster to 53 players. Here's our final guess at what that squad might look like.

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Now that the Buffalo Bills have officially wrapped up their 2015 preseason schedule, they have one task left before turning their attention in full to the Indianapolis Colts: finalizing their 53-man roster. That process has to be (mostly) complete by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, but there are already indications that it may begin in earnest today.

With that in mind, it's time for one last stab at projecting the Bills' 53-man roster that they'll take into Week 1 against the Colts. Let's dive right in, shall we?


  • QB (3): Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel
  • RB (4): LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown, Boobie Dixon
  • FB (1): Jerome Felton
  • WR (6): Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley, Marcus Thigpen
  • TE (4): Charles Clay, Matthew Mulligan, MarQueis Gray, Chris Gragg
  • OT (3): Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio
  • GC (5): Eric Wood, Richie Incognito, John Miller, Kraig Urbik, Cyril Richardson

Notes: If you're asking me, the Bills are making a mistake if they part ways with Cassel at this juncture... Don't be surprised if the Bills go thinner than expected at receiver, especially early in the season... Gragg has clearly beaten out Nick O'Leary for the fourth tight end job, if it ends up existing... The Bills would be wise to explore the waiver wire for better offensive line depth.

Defense/Special Teams

  • DL (4): Kyle Williams, Corbin Bryant, Red Bryant, Alex Carrington
  • ER (5): Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson, IK Enemkpali, Randell Johnson
  • LB (4): Nigel Bradham, Preston Brown, Tony Steward, Kevin Reddick
  • CB (6): Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, Ronald Darby, Ron Brooks, Mario Butler
  • S (4): Aaron Williams, Corey Graham, Duke Williams, Bacarri Rambo
  • ST (4): Dan Carpenter, Colton Schmidt, Garrison Sanborn, Jordan Gay

Notes: I'll take Carrington over Stefan Charles at this point simply because of his positional versatility, but that's a toss-up... Reddick looked good enough in his Bills debut to displace A.J. Tarpley as the emergency linebacker until Steward's return... The Bills could look into keeping an eleventh defensive back while McKelvin is down, and that player does not necessarily need to be on their roster today... Ryan isn't happy about his kickers, but unless a good one is randomly cut, the team will probably stick with their status quo from last season.

Cuts (21): QB Matt Simms, RB Cierre Wood, RB Bronson Hill, FB John Conner, WR Chris Hogan, WR Deonte Thompson, WR Andre Davis, WR Dezmin Lewis, WR Tobais Palmer, TE Nick O'Leary, OT Darryl Johnson, OT William Campbell, OG Alex Kupper, C Dalton Freeman, DL Stefan Charles, DL Andre Fluellen, ER Quentin Groves, ER B.J. Larsen, LB A.J. Tarpley, CB Merrill Noel, S Jonathan Meeks

Reserve/Suspended (1): DL Marcell Dareus

Here are those 53 players in depth chart form:

Pos. # Starter # Backup # Reserve # Reserve
WR 10 Robert Woods 18 Percy Harvin 11 Marcus Thigpen
TE 85 Charles Clay 49 Matthew Mulligan 48 MarQueis Gray 89 Chris Gragg
LT 77 Cordy Glenn
LG 64 Richie Incognito 68 Cyril Richardson
C 70 Eric Wood 60 Kraig Urbik
RG 76 John Miller
RT 66 Seantrel Henderson 71 Cyrus Kouandjio
WR 14 Sammy Watkins 88 Marquise Goodwin 81 Marcus Easley
QB 5 Tyrod Taylor 3 EJ Manuel 16 Matt Cassel
FB 42 Jerome Felton
RB 25 LeSean McCoy 40 Karlos Williams 35 Bryce Brown 26 Boobie Dixon
Pos. # Starter # Backup # Reserve # Reserve
ER 55 Jerry Hughes 91 Manny Lawson 58 Randell Johnson
NT 97 Corbin Bryant 79 Red Bryant
DT 95 Kyle Williams 98 Alex Carrington
DE 94 Mario Williams 75 IK Enemkpali
MLB 52 Preston Brown 51 Kevin Reddick
WLB 53 Nigel Bradham 50 Tony Steward
LCB 21 Leodis McKelvin 28 Ronald Darby
NCB 37 Nickell Robey
SS 20 Corey Graham 27 Duke Williams
FS 23 Aaron Williams 30 Bacarri Rambo
RCB 24 Stephon Gilmore 33 Ron Brooks 39 Mario Butler
Pos. # Starter # Backup # Reserve # Reserve
K 2 Dan Carpenter 4 Jordan Gay
P 6 Colton Schmidt
LS 65 Garrison Sanborn