Bills: Predicting the first 15 roster cuts

Every NFL team needs to trim their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m. Here's a prediction of Buffalo's first 15 cuts.

The Buffalo Bills need to trim their roster from 90 players to 75 by Tuesday at 4 PM. Buffalo has a talented and deep roster but trimming the first 15 players off the roster will be easier than the final 22 cuts that will need to come by Saturday. Here’s a quick projection of the 15 players who may be in the first 15 cuts.

Buffalo has a lot of players on their offensive line and defensive line so a good amount of players could come from those areas. In this projection, four offensive linemen and defensive linemen get released.

*Snap counts come from Pro Football Focus

LT Terren Jones – 23 preseason snaps

Jones hasn’t done much in camp or the preseason. He could stick around until the final cuts if the Bills are looking for a body to see significant snaps in the preseason finale, but Buffalo could rely heavily on Tyson Chandler and Cyrus Kouandjio.

OL Darryl Johnson – 64 preseason snaps

Johnson saw significant time in the team’s first preseason game (47 snaps) but his snaps dropped significantly in the next two weeks. Johnson saw 12 snaps against the Browns and only five against the Steelers.

RG D.J. Morrell – 23 preseason snaps

Morrell hasn’t been bad this preseason in his appearances, but hasn’t done enough to keep a spot on the roster.

OL William Campbell – 41 preseason snaps

Campbell saw plenty of time against the Panthers (36 snaps) but only saw five snaps this week. He’s the final cut among Buffalo’s offensive linemen.

Alex Kupper could also be in the first batch of cuts but his ability to play center keeps him around until final cuts.

RB Ricky Seale – 35 preseason snaps

Fred Jackson is back, Bryce Brown could be back for the finale and the team could depend upon Bronson Hill and Cierre Wood in the preseason finale. One running back goes and Seale has probably been the least impressive of the group.

WR Austin Willis – 1 punt return

Willis had his bell rung against the Steelers on a punt return. He had plenty of interest when the Bills signed him, so perhaps letting him go early will give him a chance to find a job quickly elsewhere.

WR Dezmin Lewis – 82 preseason snaps

Lewis is the only draft pick to get released in the first wave of cuts. He had a disappointing camp and was equally disappointing in the preseason. Lewis was a raw player when Buffalo drafted him, so perhaps he hangs on to the final cuts and the team stashes him on their practice squad. That said, among the receivers on the roster, he’s the weak link among the group.

DB Merrill Noel – 38 preseason snaps

Noel saw the majority of his preseason playing time at cornerback but he did see one snap at safety against the Steelers. Buffalo’s secondary is a bit banged up right now, so Noel could hang around to final cuts if Ross Cockrell isn’t ready to play on Thursday. If Noel stays, a second safety, Kenny Ladler, could get released in the first series of cuts.

CB Ellis Lankster – 2 preseason snaps

A former Jets player with Ryan gets axed in the first group. Lankster has hung around in this league but he’s not making Buffalo’s 53-man roster.

FS Wesley Miller – 23 snaps

It’s a numbers game and Miller finds himself behind Aaron Williams, Corey Graham, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks and Ladler.

DL Justin Hamilton – 33 snaps

Hamilton actually caught my eye in his first preseason appearance against the Panthers. He had two quarterback hurries and one quarterback hit that game. That said, the defensive line is so talented that Hamilton doesn’t make the first wave of cuts.

DL B.J. Larsen – 17 snaps

Larsen was a dark horse UDFA pick that some thought could sneak onto the roster. He had two quarterback hits in the preseason but never really stood out consistently.

DE Cedric Reed – 37 snaps

Reed was my favorite UDFA signing by the Bills but the depth along the line gets him cut. Buffalo could keep him around and release Michael Buchanan here, but right now I could see Reed getting released. He has a lot of talent, but just needs to find a roster that isn’t so deep along the line.

DL Andrew Hudson – 26 snaps

Hudson hasn’t been heard from much in camp or the preseason. He’s buried behind some really talented players and doesn’t last the initial cut.

LB Quentin Groves – 4 snaps

Groves was recently signed by the Bills and has played four snaps in the last two games. The veteran is on the downside of his career and gets released during the first wave of cuts.


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