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Buffalo Bills 53-man roster projection: post-training camp edition John Fisher College Womens Zay Jones Jersey , packed up, and headed home to Orchard Park. It’s halfway through the preseason, and roster battles are beginning to shake out. Here is our latest stab at what the initial 53-man roster will look like. Each position is listed alphabetically.Quarterback (3)Josh AllenAJ McCarronNathan PetermanAllen has certainly played well, but I don’t think he’s played well enough where they will jettison McCarron. McCarron’s shoulder injury also complicates matters. They won’t be able to trade him before the season starts with a broken collarbone, so if they release him it will net nothing in return. Peterman has been stellar this preseason and head coach Sean McDermott is high on his long-term potential. The only thing that should change here is adding a fourth QB while McCarron recuperates and then releasing that guy at roster cut down day.Running back (4)Patrick DiMarcoChris IvoryLeSean McCoyMarcus MurphyTaiwan Jones falls off the list so I can keep six wide receivers, and with LeSean McCoy’s legal troubles seemingly behind him, I don’t need to hedge as much. Murphy has shown up on special teams and offense this preseason, easily passing Jones.Wide receiver (6)Kelvin BenjaminCorey ColemanAndre HolmesZay JonesJeremy KerleyRay-Ray McCloud IIILots of intrigue here. Cam Phillips made a push but an injury probably cost him a shot at the main roster. Same with Brandon Reilly. Coleman has a lot of talent but will he have a firm enough grasp of the playbook to be able to play in Week 1? (He should.) I do not think Jones is a lock, but he’s been working exclusively with the first-teamers since his return from injury. McCloud probably did enough in the preseason games to overcome some camp struggles. Tight end (4)Charles ClayJason CroomKhari LeeLogan ThomasJason Croom has shot up the depth chart and while he’s not quite ready to be the everyday tight end with his limited blocking ability, he’s earned a role as the number three tight end. Khari Lee and Logan Thomas have both played very well this preseason and training camp, leaving Nick O’Leary as the odd man out. He hasn’t done anything to lose the job, the other guys have just been better.Offensive line (8)Russell BodineDion DawkinsVlad DucasseRyan GroyJohn MillerJordan MillsMarshall NewhouseWyatt TellerLast year, the Bills kept eight offensive linemen plus Seantrel Henderson on the suspended list. They added Conor McDermott later that week and rolled with nine on the active roster for the rest of the season. In order to keep four tight ends, I went with eight offensive linemen this year, however, and it came down to Newhouse and McDermott. I went with experience and versatility over potential.Defensive tackle (4)Star LotuleleiHarrison PhillipsRicky HatleyKyle WilliamsAdolphus Washington has done nothing to separate himself this offseason. With the injury to Kyle Williams keeping him week-to-week, they might keep five early and Washington might keep his spot for a while. Defensive end Terrence Fede would likely be the odd man out if they keep five defensive tackles.Defensive end (5)Terrence FedeJerry HughesShaq LawsonTrent MurphyEddie YarbroughThe top four seem locked in; Hughes, Murphy, Lawson, and Yarbrough have all seemingly done enough to keep their spots. Murphy, though oft-injured since coming to Buffalo, has a sizable cap commitment. Fede seems like the odd man out if they need depth at defensive tackle.Linebacker (6)Lorenzo AlexanderTremaine EdmundsRamon HumberMatt MilanoKeenan RobinsonJulian StanfordThe Bills did not have great play from their linebackers this preseason. Despite great play as a rookie, Matt Milano has frequently looked lost, and was even replaced for a few series by Robinson. Stanford makes the roster on special teams, and Alexander will play a lot there, as well. Humber seems like the most likely on the list to be cut, perhaps being replaced by Tanner Vallejo.Cornerback (4)Vontae DavisPhillip GainesTaron JohnsonLevi WallaceTre’Davious WhiteNone of the depth cornerbacks have separated themselves so Breon Borders or Lafayette Pitts could easily make it over Levi Wallace. This race will probably come down to the fourth preseason game, when they will get extensive playing time.Safeties (5)Rafael BushMicah HydeDean MarloweSiran NealJordan PoyerLike the cornerbacks Womens Kyle Williams Jersey , the depth safeties have all been roughly the same and it will come down to the final preseason contest. I’ll keep these five for now.Specialists (3)Reid FergusonStephen HauschkaColton SchmidtSet in stone after Cory Carter’s ACL injury. Notable cuts: RB Travaris Cadet, RB Taiwan Jones, WR Austin Proehl, WR Brandon Reilly, WR Rod Streater, WR Robert Foster, WR Cam Phillips, TE Nick O’Leary, TE Keith Towbridge, DT Adolphus Washington, LB Tanner Vallejo, LB Deon Lacey, CB Breon Borders, CB Lafayette Pitts, CB Levi WallaceLast player in: Terrence FedeLast player out: Adolphus WashingtonYou could build a pretty nice practice squad with the receivers, offensive linemen, defensive linemen, and defensive backs I just released. If you’re going to disagree with a cut in the comments, at least make sure you say who you’d remove instead. Coach Sean McDermott knows the Buffalo Bills aren't going to win too many more games if they keep allowing opponents to start drives at midfield 鈥?or beyond."That wasn't part of the game plan, for them to start at the 48," McDermott said, sarcastically.Three turnovers by rookie quarterback Josh Allen, coupled with a series of special teams coverage breakdowns led to the Bills squandering a 14-3 lead in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.Though the Jets took their first and only lead on Elijah McGuire's touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 1:17 remaining, McDermott said the trouble began much earlier when the Bills kept providing New York opportunities.Allen's first two turnovers on a lost fumble and an interception committed inside Bills territory, not only ended Buffalo scoring opportunities, but led to a Jets field goal.And then there were Buffalo's special teams meltdowns, which led to Andre Roberts finishing with 176 yards on five kickoff returns."There's a recipe to winning in this league and it starts by taking care of the football, giving yourself a chance with good field position http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/micah-hyde-jersey ," McDermott said. "We were shooting ourselves in the foot. That's really the story of the game right there."Buffalo dropped to 4-9 and will finish with a losing record for just the second time in five seasons, and a year after making the playoffs to end a 17-year postseason drought. Expectations were lower for the Bills this season, given the commitment they made to rebuilding through youth last offseason.The lack of experience has shown for a team starting five first- or second-year players on offense, and four more on defense.Each time the Bills appeared to gain momentum, they handed it back to the Jets.After Isaiah McKenzie scored on a 15-yard run to put Buffalo up 14-3, Roberts followed with a 51-yard kickoff return, which led to Jason Myers hitting a 21-yard field goal.After Buffalo's Stephen Hauschka hit a 31-yard field goal to regain the 14-point edge, Roberts burst up the right sideline for an 86-yard return, which set up Trenton Cannon's 4-yard touchdown.And after Hauschka hit a 36-yard field goal with 2:31 left to put Buffalo up 23-20, Roberts not only returned the next kickoff 22 yards to New York's 34, but the Jets picked up another 5 yards due to an illegal formation penalty called against Buffalo.Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold then proceeded to march the Jets on a nine-play, 61-yard drive to win it, including a perfectly placed 37-yard pass to Robby Anderson, who made an over-the-shoulder catch up the right sideline.Members of the Bills' defense blamed themselves for allowing the Jets to score.And yet, Buffalo limited New York to 248 yards offense and 15 first downs. The difference was the Jets having eight drives start at their 35 or better, including five inside Buffalo territory.Allen blamed himself."I've got to be smarter with the football," said Allen, who now has nine interceptions and two lost fumbles, versus five touchdowns passing and five rushing.Allen's first interception came when he was scrambling to his right and, rather than throwing the ball away, floated a pass back toward the field and was easily intercepted by Trumaine Johnson. Allen's second interception came on Buffalo's final drive, when he tried to force a pass to Zay Jones, only to have it picked off by Johnson."Yeah, he's got to learn from those," McDermott said. "At times, he's tried to do too much. That's tough living there."
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