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10 Players the Bills Could Claim Off Waivers

A look at 10 players the Buffalo Bills may claim off of waivers.

The Buffalo Bills cut their roster down to 51 players on Saturday. Buffalo can now rummage through all of the cuts made around the league and look for players that they feel would be good fits with the team. While Buffalo only has two roster spot openings, they could swap a few more players out to add any additional players that they want. Here’s a look at 10 players who were cut this weekend that the Bills could pursue.

Josh Chapman, DT/NT

Claiming Chapman would be such a Rex Ryan move. Buffalo plays the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 and Buffalo could get plenty of information from the defensive tackle. An added benefit to claiming Chapman? He’s a very good player. Chapman finished eighth at Pro Football Focus in terms of run defense. He could help fill the void of missing Marcell Dareus in Week 1 against his former team.

Mason Foster, ILB

Foster was having a very strong preseason with the Bears. His release was a bit of a surprise as he didn’t have much a high salary cap number and he performed well on the field with Chicago. Buffalo could add Foster to bolster their inside linebacker depth.

Steven Johnson, ILB

Foster wasn’t the only talented inside linebacker to get released. Johnson like Foster is another solid depth option for the Bills at inside linebacker. In addition to his defensive skills, Johnson is also a very good special teams player.  

Trevor Roach, ILB

Did I mention that there are some pretty talented ILB options out there for the Bills? Roach was one of PFF’s top inside linebackers this preseason and was very strong in run defense. He can also contribute on special teams.

Isaiah Battle, OT

Buffalo needs offensive line depth and the team was supposedly interested in Battle during this year’s supplemental draft. Now, the team can claim the massive offensive tackle if they choose. Considering the Bills only have three offensive tackles on their roster, they may pursue the tackle.

Ben Garland, OG

The lack of depth along Buffalo’s offensive line is a concern. Garland, previously with the Broncos, is an interesting player. Garland signed with the Broncos as an UDFA back in 2010 out of Air Force. He spent the next two seasons with the Colorado Air National Guard and then joined Denver’s practice squad in 2012-2013. He was originally playing on the defensive side of the ball and was moved to the offensive line. Last year, he appeared in eight regular season games but didn’t see any significant time until Week 17. Entering Broncos camp, he was listed as a first team guard but ended up losing his spot. That said, he played very well in Denver’s first three preseason games. He’s a talented player and could be a good depth option at guard for the Bills.

Joseph Fauria, TE

Buffalo is carrying five tight ends and if they want to swap one of them out, Fauria isn’t a bad option. In 2013, Fauria appeared in 16 games and made two starts for the Lions. He finished his rookie year with 18 receptions for 207 yards and seven touchdowns. Last year, he only appeared in seven games and finished with six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Fauria’s touchdowns are no fluke and he’s solid in terms of run blocking. You could make a case for Fauria over a few of Buffalo’s current tight ends. He’d certainly be an upgrade over Nick O’Leary.

Jameel McClain, ILB

Hey, another inside linebacker! McClain could have been mentioned above, but I placed him next to Jason Babin as both players have played for Rex Ryan. McClain spent the first six years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens and was coached by Ryan as a rookie. Perhaps Ryan brings a backup MIKE linebacker option in that has a veteran presence. Last season, McClain started all 16 games with the Giants and finished the season with 116 combined tackles and 2.5 sacks. He’s on the downside of his career, but he’s still an option for the Bills.

Jason Babin, DE/OLB

Babin made four starts for Ryan last year at defensive end. His stats didn’t stand out (25 combined tackles and two sacks), but Pro Football Focus graded Babin highly in Rex Ryan’s defense. He finished 2014 with a +13.5 rating with a +8.2 in run defense and +6.7 in terms of pass rush. The analytics site also credited Babin with 27 quarterback hurries as an OLB last season. Despite his lack of snaps (470), Babin finished ninth among all 3-4 OLB.  

Jaylen Watkins, CB/S

Watkins can play cornerback and safety. Oh, and he’s Sammy Watkins’ half brother. Sammy let the Bills know that his older brother should be on their radar:

https://twitter.com/sammywatkins/status/640231334330413056

Watkins appeared in four games with the Eagles last season and finished with three tackles. He may not be a 53-man roster option, but Buffalo could sign him to their practice squad. The Bills could have an edge over other teams in signing him thanks to his ‘little’ brother.

 


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