Bills Post-FA 53-Man Roster Projection

No, this isn't what Buffalo's 53-man roster will look like heading into September, but it's a current look at the Bills' roster.

The Buffalo Bills had an exciting offseason. Currently, the team is at the point where they are almost completely finished in free agency. Bills GM Doug Whaley has noted that Brandon Spikes and a veteran wide receiver may be added, but nothing is a guarantee.

The premise of this initial 53-man roster is simply to look at Buffalo’s current roster. The team has six draft picks in the NFL draft and it’s likely that three or four of the players stick on the roster. This doesn’t account for the draft picks, undrafted free agents or surprise cuts by other teams, because well… they’re surprises that come closer to the start of the season.

Here is a post-free agency look at how I envision Buffalo’s 53-man roster.


QB: Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel, Tyrod Taylor

If the Bills want to go with their safest option at quarterback, Cassel is their man. This is going to be an open competition, so all three players have a real shot of winning the job.

RB: LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon, Bryce Brown

FB: Jerome Felton

McCoy is without a doubt Buffalo’s top running back. Although Buffalo has talent behind him, he’ll be the team’s workhorse back. Jackson is listed second here, but if the Bills were to draft a running back, the veteran may be most at risk of losing his job. Felton is a terrific addition to open lanes for McCoy and company.

WR: Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin, Marquise Goodwin, Justin Brown

WR: Robert Woods, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley

The top four wide receivers are all safe, as is Easley due to his special teams play. Goodwin and Brown are both in right now, but neither are safe once the draft takes place.

TE: Charles Clay, Chris Gragg

TE: MarQueis Gray

Clay was one of Buffalo’s biggest offseason priorities and he’ll play a huge role in the team’s offense. Gray right now is set up as the team’s second tight end as he flashed some talent at the end of the season. Gragg is an underrated blocker, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he made the roster. That said, the team needs a Y-TE.

LT: Cordy Glenn, Cyrus Kouandjio

LG: Cyril Richardson, Chris Williams

C: Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik

RG: Richie Incognito

RT: Seantrel Henderson

Buffalo should look to add another guard and tackle before the start of the season. Glenn and Henderson could be flipped this season and Kouandjio is looking to prove his worth in his second season. The former second round pick spent most of the offseason at LeCharles Bentley’s offensive line training facility.

Guard is troublesome. If Buffalo adds a tackle in round two, Glenn could be kicked inside to left guard and that’d certainly improve the team along its interior. A.J. Cann and Laken Tomlinson may be targets for the Bills with their first pick. Although he’s missed over one year of playing time, Incognito is currently Buffalo’s best guard. Wood will start at center and Urbik sticks on the roster due to his versatility. Williams is likely to be the odd man out once rookies are added.


DE: Kyle Williams

NT: Marcell Dareus, Stefan Charles

DE: Jarius Wynn, Corbin Bryant

Williams and Dareus are locks to start obviously, but the other defensive end spot is wide open. Although Charles is listed as a NT, he even has a shot at the job. Wynn played well in a backup role last season, so he gets the first shot. The Bills may address their defensive line with one of their first two picks.

OLB: Mario Williams, Randell Johnson

OLB: Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson

ILB: Nigel Bradham, Ty Powell

ILB: Preston Brown

This is a really strong starting unit. Manny Lawson is the team’s top backup at linebacker this season and is a much better fit in the 3-4 defense. Johnson, a terrific athlete, could also see more playing time this season. Powell makes the current roster due to his ability to play on special teams. Don’t be surprised if Brandon Spikes re-signs in the near future.

CB: Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey, Ross Cockrell

CB: Corey Graham, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks

This is another deep unit. The top four cornerbacks are all terrific and will see their fair share of playing time. People are discounting McKelvin, but he had a terrific 2013 season in Mike Pettine’s defense. Cockrell will look to contribute more in year two and Brooks hangs onto a roster spot.

FS: Aaron Williams, Bacarri Rambo

SS: Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks

The starting unit is solid. Duke Williams was able to play quite a bit last season and should be ready to step up. Rambo was impressive in his limited time with the Bills and he has a good chance of sticking around. Meeks will have to hold off Kenny Ladler and possibly a draft pick for that last safety spot.


K: Dan Carpenter, Jordan Gay

P: Colton Schmidt

LS: Garrison Sanborn

PR: Marcus Thigpen

Thigpen currently is hanging onto a roster spot. He was a bright spot as a punt returner last season and the team may keep him around for that role. Everyone else is likely to earn a roster spot. 

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