Bills Pre-Training Camp Roster Projection

An early look at who makes Buffalo's 53-man roster following the team's offseason workout program.

The Buffalo Bills Offseason Workout Program ended last week with a mandatory minicamp. Now, Bills players have about six weeks off to relax before the start of training camp. At camp, the real roster battles will begin, but here’s an early 53-man roster prediction.

Editor’s Note: Players are listed by position according to the team’s official roster page.

Quarterback (3)

E.J. Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, Matt Cassel

Manuel finished the mandatory minicamp with the strongest performance of the three quarterbacks battling for a roster spot. That said, no quarterback did enough to pull away from the others heading into training camp. This will undoubtedly be the most interesting competition at training camp.

Cut: Matt Simms

Running Back (4)

LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Anthony Dixon, Karlos Williams

Buffalo wants to see McCoy get 300 touches this season and there’s no doubt that the coaching staff will find a way to make that happen. Jackson’s snaps are expected to be cut in half but he’s still the top backup to McCoy. Dixon and Williams will see limited carries, but will be contributors on special teams.

Cut: Bryce Brown

Fullback (1)

Jerome Felton

The Bills added John Conner as another fullback option, but it’s unlikely that he beats out Felton at training camp. Rex Ryan said that carrying two fullbacks is an option, but Buffalo probably cannot afford that luxury.

Cut: John Conner

Wide Receiver (6)

Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin, Chris Hogan, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley

Watkins and Woods were both very productive with the Bills last season and Harvin gives the team another legitimate weapon on the field. Hogan, possibly Buffalo’s best route runner, sticks with the team as Buffalo’s fourth wide receiver. The coaching staff has raved about Goodwin’s speed and he does just enough to make the roster. Easley, a special teams standout, is the final receiver to make the squad.

Among the cuts are Marcus Thigpen, who did well at the tail end of the season as a return man and draft pick Dezmin Lewis. The latter should make Buffalo’s practice squad.

Cut: Thigpen, Lewis, Deonte Thompson, Justin Brown, Tobais Palmer, Caleb Holley, Andre Davis

Tight End (4)

Charles Clay, Nick O’Leary, MarQueis Gray, Clay Burton

Clay is Buffalo’s clear cut No. 1 tight end and O’Leary has a chance to see significant playing time as the team’s second option. Gray also stood out at mandatory minicamp and the athletic option stays on the team. In a bit of a surprise, Burton sticks as a fourth option at tight end.

Cut: Chris Gragg, Chris Manhertz, Matthew Mulligan

Offensive Tackle (3)

Cordy Glenn, Cyrus Kouandjio, Seantrel Henderson

Glenn will likely start at left tackle but if an injury occurred at guard, the team may tinker will kicking him inside at guard. Kouandjio and Henderson will compete for the right tackle spot. As it stands, Kouandjio is currently in the lead. Rex Ryan said that the team is likely to sign Wayne Hunter as competition at training camp, but he hasn’t shown enough in his career to believe that he’ll beat out any of these players.

Cut: Hunter (Yet to sign), Tyson Chandler

Offensive Guard (4)

John Miller, Richie Incognito, Cyril Richardson, Kraig Urbik

Heading into training camp, Miller and Incognito look as though they’ll be the team’s starting offensive guards. Richardson, a second year player, sticks as the third guard. Urbik is listed as a guard, but his biggest role in 2015 will be backing up Eric Wood at center.

Cut: Chris Williams, William Campbell, Alex Kupper, Darryl Johnson, D.J. Morrell

Center (1)

Eric Wood

Wood is the only starting option on the team.

Defensive End (5)

Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson, Jarius Wynn, Michael Buchanan

Williams and Hughes are obvious locks to make the roster. The starting duo will once again by a nightmare for opposing offenses. Lawson is a much better fit in Ryan’s defense and should see a bigger role this season. Wynn and Buchanan stick as reserves.

Cut: Andrew Hudson, Bryan Johnson, B.J. Larsen, Cedric Reed, Erik Williams

Defensive Tackle (5)

Marcell Dareus (*Suspended Week 1), Kyle Williams, Stefan Charles, Andre Fluellen, Alex Carrington, Corbin Bryant

Dareus’ spot does not count against the 53-man roster as he’s suspended for Week 1. He’ll start at nose guard once he returns in Week 2. Kyle Williams is another lock to start along Buffalo’s line and Stefan Charles is likely to see a bigger role this season. Fluellen, Carrington and Bryant all make the Week 1 roster, but one is released once Dareus’ suspension ends.

Cut: Justin Hamilton, Jeremy Towns

Linebackers (4)

Preston Brown, Nigel Bradham, Ty Powell, Randell Johnson

Brown and Bradham start on the inside with Powell as their backup. Johnson sees a reserve role on the roster.

Cuts: Tony Steward, Jimmy Gaines, A.J. Tarpley

Cornerback (6)

Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ronald Darby, Nickell Robey, Ross Cockrell, Ron Brooks

Rex Ryan knows the importance of having a healthy secondary and six cornerbacks make the roster. Gilmore and McKelvin start on the outside with Robey as the slot cornerback. Darby will see significant snaps this season behind the starting outside duo. Cockrell sees an increase in snaps in his second year and Brooks hangs on due to his special teams ability.

Cut: Mario Butler, Rod Sweeting, Cam Thomas

Safety (4)

Aaron Williams, Duke Williams, Corey Graham, Bacarri Rambo

Williams, Williams and Graham sounds like a law firm, but the trio will see the majority of the team’s snaps at safety this year. Rambo beats out his competition for the fourth safety spot.

Cuts: Kenny Ladler, Jonathan Meeks, Wesley Miller

Kicker (1)

Dan Carpenter

Carpenter has been outstanding since joining the Bills and he has no true competition on the roster.

Cut: Jordan Gay

Punter (1)

Colton Schmidt

Buffalo recently released Schmidt’s only competition. He wins the punting job by default.

Long Snapper (1)

Garrison Sanborn

Sanborn once again handles long snapper duties for the team in 2015.

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