Now that the 2016 NFL draft is in the books and undrafted free agents have been signed, Buffalo Football Report is going to attempt to predict the Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster. Buffalo currently has 89 players signed on their roster. They may use their extra spot to sign a veteran at a position of need, but we'll base this prediction on the team's current roster.
No major surprises here. Taylor starts with Manuel serving as backup. Jones will most likely sit on the sidelines for the majority of the season, but the team could create a short-yardage package for the rookie QB.
Running backs were dropping like flies last year in Buffalo. At one point, Boobie Dixon, Boom Herron, and Cierre Wood were seeing playing time with the Bills. Keeping that in mind, the Bills carry all four backs in 2016. They're all very capable backs and it wouldn't be a major surprise to see Jonathan Williams surpass Gillislee on the depth chart at some point in 2016.
Fullback (1): Glenn Gronkowski
Our first surprise addition to the roster. Gronkowski impresses the coaching staff enough leading up to the season as a blocker/receiver that the team parts ways with Jerome Felton and adds some additional cap space. Gronkowski will play an H-Back role with the Bills which will also play a role in the team carrying fewer tight ends.
Buffalo parts ways with Marquise Goodwin with the addition of Listenbee and Marcus Easley starts the season on the PUP list.
Gronkowski playing H-Back means he'll also line up at tight end so although the team is only carrying two players here, it's really three with Baby Gronk.
I'm listing Kouandjio but his spot is far from safe. Buffalo looked at Matt Slauson at one point and if another capable offensive lineman becomes available, Buffalo's former second round pick may be out of a job. UDFAs such as Keith Lumpkin or Marquis Lucas could even unseat Kouandjio.
Groy's spot is open for the taking and Jamison Lalk, another UDFA, could compete for the spot.
Velasco can also play guard.
OFFENSIVE TOTAL: 25
Goodbye I.K. Enemkpali.
Justin Zimmer, a personal favorite, lands on Buffalo's practice squad.
Reddick is far from a lock but hangs on in this roster projection.
Seymour, Buffalo's final pick in the draft, wins a roster spot after standing out on special teams.
Meeks will compete for one spot against Duke Williams and Colt Anderson.
DEFENSIVE TOTAL: 25
Kicker (1): Dan Carpenter
Now that kickoffs will come to the 25-yard line, teams will start utilizing pooch kicks and ways to get players to return kicks. Having a kickoff specialist is no longer needed. Carpenter could face competition from Marshall Morgan.
Punter (1): Colton Schmidt
Long-snapper (1): Garrison Sanborn
No surprises on punter or long-snapper.
SPECIAL TEAMS TOTAL: 3
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