|Offense||16th||164.4 (1st)||189.8 (30th)|
|Defense||19th||133.1 (29th)||223.9 (6th)|
|26||Blanton, Robert||DB||6-1||200||9/7/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|38||Brown, Sergio||DB||6-2||207||5/22/1988||7||Notre Dame|
|53||Brown, Zach||LB||6-1||248||10/23/1989||5||North Carolina|
|28||Darby, Ronald||CB||5-11||193||1/2/1994||2||Florida State|
|91||Douzable, Leger||DT||6-4||284||5/31/1986||9||Central Florida|
|31||Dowling, Jonathan||DB||6-3||190||12/8/1991||2||Western Kentucky|
|75||Enemkpali, IK||DE||6-1||261||7/3/1991||3||Louisiana Tech|
|Ferguson, Reid||LS||6-2||244||3/24/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|37||Gary, Shamiel||SAF||6-0||217||5/31/1990||2||Oklahoma State|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||DB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||5||South Carolina|
|20||Graham, Corey||DB||6-0||196||7/25/1985||10||New Hampshire|
|66||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||331||1/21/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|55||Hughes, Jerry||DE||6-2||254||8/13/1988||7||Texas Christian|
|50||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||232||8/10/1987||7||North Dakota State|
|7||Jones, Cardale||QB||6-5||250||9/29/1992||R||Ohio State|
|Lewis, Dezmin||WR||6-4||214||12/5/1992||1||Central Arkansas|
|67||Lewis, Patrick||C||6-1||311||1/30/1991||4||Texas A&M|
|18||Listenbee, Kolby||WR||6-1||183||1/25/1994||R||Texas Christian|
|3||Manuel, EJ||QB||6-4||237||3/19/1990||4||Florida State|
|79||Mills, Jordan||T||6-5||316||12/24/1990||4||Louisiana Tech|
|O'Leary, Nick||TE||6-3||252||8/31/1992||1||Florida State|
|O'Neal, Cedric||RB||5-10||215||1/29/1994||R||Valdosta State|
|Powell, Joe||DB||6-2||205||2/25/1994||R||Globe Tech NY (J.C.)|
|19||Powell, Walt||WR||6-0||189||11/23/1991||2||Murray State|
|65||Sanborn, Garrison||C||6-1||240||7/31/1985||8||Florida State|
|15||Tate, Brandon||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||8||North Carolina|
|5||Taylor, Tyrod||QB||6-1||215||8/3/1989||6||Virginia Tech|
|Thomas, Phillip||DB||6-0||223||3/1/1989||3||Fresno State|
|82||Thomas, Logan||QB||6-6||250||7/1/1991||2||Virginia Tech|
|92||Washington, Adolphus||DT||6-4||295||11/24/1994||R||Ohio State|
|95||Williams, Kyle||DT||6-1||303||6/10/1983||11||Louisiana State|
|94||Worthy, Jerel||DT||6-2||308||4/28/1990||3||Michigan State|
|51||Reddick, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-1||240||12/28/1989||3||North Carolina|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The Bills parted ways with the offensive tackle in order to make room for wideout Ed Eagan on the active roster. As a backup lineman, Ola didn't have a fantasy impact, but will now look to find his way onto a new squad that needs to shore up their offensive line.
Lewis was thought to have a good chance at the No. 3 receiver role this summer, but his progress plateaued and he didn't even make the team. He's tall and athletic, but the Bills found one of those guys elsewhere in Justin Hunter, so Lewis will serve as depth for an injury-depleted receiving corps, at least until he can turn some heads again.
This doesn't mean much from a fantasy perspective, though we suppose the Bills could give Jones a few looks in a meaningless game so they can continue to evaluate his future in Buffalo, just like they're doing with Manuel.
Doctors have cleared Williams to play again. The Bills have all kinds of issues with their defense, including a new coaching staff coming in, but a healthy Williams would go a long way toward solidifying the secondary, as the team never found a suitable replacement once Williams went down for the season in Week 7.
The team is otherwise healthy - the rest of those on its injury report Friday are probable. They are long snapper Garrison Sanborn (knee), safeties Aaron Williams (wrist/neck) and Da'Norris Searcy (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee).
Dareus was considered questionable coming into Sunday, but head coach Rex Ryan's comments throughout the week gave the indication that Dareus would be available for Week 13. Look for him to assume his normal position at defensive tackle for the Bills.
Ragland made a great impression all summer following his second-round selection, but that went up in smoke with a devastating training camp injury. The Bills got surprisingly good play from their substitute linebackers -- Ragland had been tabbed as a starter -- as Zach Brown put up an eye-popping 149 tackles and arguably should have made the Pro Bowl. With a new coaching staff and likely a new defense in store for the Bills, we'll see how it all shakes out. To add further question marks, both Brown and Lorenzo Alexander are unrestricted free agents.
After a demotion in snaps, Blanton injured his foot late in Sunday's win over the Bengals. Specifics of the injury did not come to light during the week, but he was ultimately ruled out for Week 12 in Friday's injury report. James Ihedigbo, Sergio Brown, and Jonathan Meeks are all in the mix for replacing Blanton at strong safety.
Enemkpali tore his right ACL in Buffalo's preseason opener versus the Colts. Now, the Bills have lost two key linebackers to torn ACLs, the other being rookie Reggie Ragland, and are still without their first-round pick, LB Shaq Lawson. If Enemkpali clears waivers, he'll likely be placed on the Bills' injured reserve list.
Humber played 16 games with the Bills in 2016, mostly on special teams, where he recorded 12 of his 16 total tackles. He will look to continue in that role in the coming season but could be promoted to a defensive role if Buffalo ends up hobbled by injuries.
Goodwin almost didn't make the team after he spent much of the year trying to make the U.S. Olympic track and field squad, yet he surprisingly ended up leading all Buffalo wideouts in snap counts with 634. That shows just how banged up the receiving corps was all season, as the speedster is more of a No. 3 or No. 4 wideout at best. He's set to hit free agency in March, so we'll see if the Bills and the new coaching staff make a pitch to bring him back.
Brown has become as steady of an IDP as you'll see, as he rarely seems to get hurt and has posted 109 or more tackles in all three of his pro seasons. While the Bills have a new coach in Sean McDermott taking over and the team will shift back to the 4-3 style of play that Brown was used to as a rookie, we don't think this will hurt his tackle totals at all. Brown will likely be the middle man in the new defense and will be out there all three downs. And it's not like McDermott's last middle linebacker, Luke Kuechly, was ever hurting for tackle totals.
Carpenter has typically come up big against his former team, but he and the leaky Buffalo defense wore the goat horns in this one and the Bills are now officially out of the playoffs for the 17th straight season. At least he gets a good Week 17 matchup at the Jets should the weather cooperate, but with a 75 success rate on field goals and five missed extra points this season, Carpenter's job may not be a sure thing heading into next year,
Even with all the other injuries the Bills have at receiver, Easley still won't do much there, especially with Justin Hunter starting to hit his stride. However, he's a special teams maven, so perhaps there's hope he can get back for the stretch run and help in that important area. Still, the knee injury he suffered was brutal, so no one should be counting on anything until Easley is back practicing.
Annen had a shot at the final tight end spot, but both the injury and a late surge by Nick O'Leary ended up costing him.
After clearing concussion protocol early in the week, Darby practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday. His full participation Thursday means he'll be ready to go for Sunday's tilt with the Steelers. Nickell Robey-Coleman could see expanded reps should Darby be limited at any point during the game.
Wood suffered a broken leg in Week 9's loss to the Seahawks. Marcus Roberson has been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster in a correlated roster move. Wood had started every game since 2013, and made his first Pro Bowl last season. He will be replaced at center by Patrick Lewis.
Taylor was never expected to be in much danger of being limited during the offseason, but the fact that he's back to full strength is nonetheless significant. He's now eligible for the $27.5 million bonus due March 11, which wouldn't have kicked in had he not been cleared by that date. It still remains unclear if the Bills are willing to pay out that bonus, and Taylor's prior refusal to restructure his contract could ultimately prompt Buffalo to release him by March 11. If that's the case, Taylor likely wouldn't have much trouble finding a starting gig elsewhere, as the 2017 draft class isn't ripe with high-end signal callers and several teams look to be in need of an established option at quarterback.
Listenbee missed his entire rookie season following his sixth-round selection out of TCU. He'll have to impress a brand new coaching staff -- one that didn't select him -- in order to land a roster spot. However, if he can finally get back to full health he has a few things working in his favor, namely his world-class speed and the lack of signed receiving options that are locked with the Bills.
While Thomas' injury is unclear, the team has given no indication that he'll miss any time once offseason practices begin. Thomas is under contract with the Bills through 2017 and will be looking to make an opening week active roster for the first time since being drafted in 2013. He'll most likely compete for a depth role in the secondary and a special teams position.
If Rex Ryan was still the Bills coach, it'd be more likely that the speedy Tate would be back. However, a new coaching group is about to take over so all three facets of the team are about to take on a different look. That said, the Bills may try to bring back Tate anyway, as there aren't many returners with his ability, plus he's adequate enough as a receiver to fill the No. 5 spot. He's also said he'd like to stay in Buffalo. Tate caught eight passes for 115 yards in 2016, while he never found the end zone as a receiver, runner, or returner.
The 2015 sixth-round draft pick was fourth on the team's depth chart at the left corner back position, so he figured to have a long shot at making the final roster. Gaines started four games for the Browns last season.
Gilmore's status is completely up in the air with a new coaching regime about to take over. He entered the 2016 season as one of the top cornerbacks in the game, but got burned enough this season where that has cast a little more doubt on how much the Bills or any other team will want to pony up to land the veteran. Gilmore's 1-on-1 skills are right up there with the best of them and he did finish the season strong, so we'll see what the situation brings in the coming months. He finishes the 2016 campaign -- his fifth as a pro -- with 48 tackles, 12 passes defensed, and a career-high five interceptions.
Williams will once again play through his minor back injury and attempt to finish the 2016 season strong.
Hughes will play and continue his rotation with Lorenzo Alexander and Shaq Lawson for the two outside linebacker spots. With six sacks, Hughes would need two huge games to post his third career season of double-digit sacks.
Gillislee saw his role expand as LeSean McCoy (ankle) was forced to leave the game, and despite his inefficient average of 2.7 yards per carry he was able to carve out a useful fantasy line due to the volume of touches he received. Although Gillislee played second fiddle to McCoy for most of the season, he will finish with an impressive total of eight touchdowns and averaged 5.7 yards per carry overall. He will be a free agent in the offseason and should command interest after a successful campaign as a part-time player in 2016.
McCray sat out Buffalo's last three games and was limited in practice Wednesday due to a concussion he suffered in Week 13 but he was able to practice in full on Thursday and Friday this week. He's expected to be active for Sunday's matchup with the Jets, when he'll serve as a depth outside linebacker behind starters Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander.
While the Bills did not offer a precise timetable for Watkins' recovery, the procedure reportedly went well and it's expected that the team's top wideout will be ready to participate in training camp this coming July. The bigger question mark at this time is who will be throwing Watkins passes in 2017, with QB Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo uncertain.
With the game already well in hand, Hunter got behind the Jets' secondary and was wide open for rookie quarterback Cardale Jones. Had the ball not been slightly under thrown, Hunter would have likely waltzed into the the end zone. Hunter has yet to live up to his second-round billing and caught just 10 passes this season, but he enters free agency having converted those 10 catches into four scores and three receptions of 20 or more yards.
Dowling suffered a torn ACL during the Bills' preseason loss to the Redskins on Friday. He's a candidate to revert to the team's injured reserve list, provided he clears waivers.
The Bills didn't have much choice here with several other linebackers injured and reinforcements needed. If Reddick clears injury waivers, the Bills can then either place the him on IR or agree to an injury settlement with him.
Harvin came out of retirement to play a pair of games for the Bills before missing Buffalo's latest couple contests due to severe migraine headaches. With those issues continuing lately, he'll now be shut down for the season, which will presumably result in him considering calling it quits on his injury-troubled career once again.
Prior to his departure from the Bills' final game of the season, McCoy managed five carries for 10 yards and one catch for six yards. While his recovery from the sprain could impact his availability for the fifth Pro Bowl of his career on Jan. 29, he should be fully recovered once the offseason program kicks off in April.
Williams is further along than when he picked up a DWI arrest shortly after being drafted and ran the risk of getting cut, but he worked his way back from that and a rib injury and ended up passing Reggie Bush to move into the third spot on the depth chart. Even though the Bills will have a new coaching staff coming in, there's not much likelihood of a shake-up to the running backs corps, as LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee is about as good as it gets as a 1-2 punch. We'll see if the new staff takes a liking to Williams, enough to give him meaningful carries as a No. 3 back, though assuming the top two guys are back and healthy, he'll need to wait for an injury to have a role that registers on the fantasy radar.
After being held out of Sunday's win over the Jaguars, the Bills decided to place the defensive tackle on IR, effectively ending his season. They also promoted defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman from the practice squad Tuesday. Additionally, expect Adolphus Washington and Jerel Worthy to see increased defensive snaps the remainder of the season. Bryant recorded 11 tackles in eight games with the Bills this season.
O'Leary was held out of Wednesday's practice due to illness but managed to participate in full on Thursday and Friday and will play in Sunday's tilt against the Jets. With Charles Clay (knee) questionable, O'Leary could see a slightly increased role in Week 17.
Powell was carted off the field Sunday against the Jaguars and will now spend the remainder of the season on the sideline. A depth option at wideout, the 25-year-old recorded 14 receptions for 142 yards in nine games this year. The team promoted wide receiver Dezmin Lewis from the practice squad as result of the injury.
The Bills can place Gragg on IR if he passes through waivers, which we assume they might be up for since he was coming on strong before the nasty injury.
Kouandijo is currently ahead of his fellow 2014 draftee. He has improved markedly since the end of his rookie campaign, according to Rex Ryan.
"I think the work that Cyrus has done overall in the offseason probably puts him ahead right now," Ryan said. "But again, the race isn't over by a long shot, so we'll see."
Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer concurs, but he also cautions that it's early in the process. "He's been working really hard at learning the techniques and learning the plays," he said. "When we got pads on that's when things are really going to show up for the line."
That Henderson beat out Kouandjio last season was a surprise. The former was taken in the seventh round while the latter was selected five rounds earlier.
Clay racked up 159 yards and four touchdowns over his previous three games, but miserable performances by E.J. Manuel and later Cardale Jones under center saw him come crashing back to earth. He struggled to consistently string productive games together due to the inconsistent passing game of the Bills and will look to establish himself as a steady option for the team next season.
The Bills took high-upside defensive players with each of their top three picks in April, but the first year with that group didn't go so well. Both Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland had major injury troubles, and Washington never really took over an expected starting role. He finishes his first season with 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks. It's still not clear why the team would bench a rookie that needed experience in the final game, but Washington's play down the stretch did suffer and perhaps a message was being sent. In any matter, the third-rounder will get a new coaching staff to make a better impression on.
This procedure is completely unrelated from the injury that delayed the start of Lawson's rookie season last fall, as that issue solely concerned his shoulder. In fact, this surgery appears to have been minor in nature considering the 2016 first-rounder isn't expected to miss any part of the Bills' offseason program.
The Bills had trouble in the secondary leading up to the big Week 11 win, so they turned to Kevon Seymour -- who offers more size -- for a bigger role. (Seymour ended up with 40 snaps.) Since the secondary ended up having one of its best games of the season, this situation may continue. Robey-Coleman did end up with three tackles and one pass defensed in that limited action.
The Bills are walking into a hostile environment in Chicago, and the fact that the starting five on the offensive line didn't see any time together could make things difficult on running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson if the linemen suffer a communications breakdown. It also bodes well for the Chicago defense, providing an increased opportunity that a pass rusher breaks through unblocked on a missed assignment.
Incognito was out sick Thursday, but returned to practice without limitation Friday and appears in no danger of missing this weekend's game.
The team waived quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety D.J. Campbell, tight end Kevin Greene, running back Jewel Hampton, punt Colton Schmidt, linebacker Kion Wilson and wide receiver Devon Wylie, while also releasing wide receiver David Reed.
The team placed running back Marcus Lattimore, fullback Trey Millard, cornerback Keith Reaser and guard Brandon Thomas on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List and linebacker NaVorro Bowman, tight end Garrett Celek and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey were placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. Linebacker Blake Costanzo was released from the Injured Reserve list.
Seymour is a sixth-round rookie to of USC who's out-kicked the coverage compared to his draft selection, and the start shows he's bypassed a few others in the secondary. He's also started two other games this season, though with no picks in 2016 and no game with more than three tackles, he's not quite there yet from an IDP perspective.
White could be a sneaky source for tackles, though Corey Graham will see a higher snap count and is the better IDP safety to own, as Jonathan Meeks is expected to spell White at times.
Ihedigbo suffered what was thought to be an ankle injury in Week 14 against the Steelers. However, it turned out to be much worse than that even though the veteran safety was able to finish out that week's game. It isn't clear how long his recovery will extend into the offseason, but as an unrestricted free agent, he'll need to prove his health in order to land another contract.
Groy beat out Patrick Lewis for the job vacancy, which became available when long-time starter Eric Wood went down for the season with a broken leg. Groy has his work cut out for him to prevent being viewed as a letdown, as Wood is one of the NFL's better centers, and the Bills are somehow averaging 5.28 yards per carry.
Anderson's primary contributions since entering the league in 2009 have come on special teams, where he's totaled 55 career tackles. Although he featured in only two games before being placed on Buffalo's injured reserve list this season, the veteran will return to the Bills in hopes for a more active 2017 campaign.
Graham has somehow stayed healthy his entire career, playing in every single regular season contest since the start of the 2008 season. He's also been consistent for the most part, so perhaps his 127-tackle season in 2015 is the anomaly, as the Bills were banged up in the front seven most of last year and a lot of tackles ended up in the secondary. In any matter, he'll have an entirely new situation next season even if he stays with his hometown team in Buffalo, as the Bills have a new coaching staff coming. We'll see if the new regime sees enough in Graham to keep him around, though we'll note that no matter what the team does with its UFA veterans, the early call has the Bills targeting a safety on one of the first two days of the 2017 draft.
The fourth-year wideout finishes the season with a ho-hum 51 catches for 613 yards and just one touchdown in 13 games. The Buffalo passing game rarely clicked in 2016, while much of the team could be stripped down with a new regime coming in. It'll be interesting to see what happens with Woods, a decent receiver that competes on every play and has a decent set of hands, but one that doesn't offer much game-breaking ability. He's a decent complement to Sammy Watkins as a No. 2, but perhaps neither the player nor the team is fully comfortable it's a long-term solution. At the very least, we expect Woods - who's from the west coast -- to explore what's out there.
Brown was a cheap offseason pickup by the team who wasn't even supposed to start, but injuries opened up a hole for him and he thrived right from the start to become of the league's better IDPs. Kudos to you if you caught onto that early and enjoyed Brown's tackle barrage every week. Unfortunately, the Bills only signed him to a one-year deal and have a new coaching staff coming in, so we'll see if the two parties can work out a new agreement.
Alexander is coming off a "where the heck did this come from?" season where he posted 76 tackles and 12.5 sacks, crazy considering the 33-year-old never had more than 2.5 in any of his previous nine NFL seasons. However, we believe this was a confluence of good fortune, as Alexander thrived in Rex Ryan's defense and the role he was perfectly suited for. With some younger Bills about to get more playing time and with Ryan ousted, Alexander's role will be different whether in Buffalo or any other NFL city. Don't overbid for him in IDP leagues next season.
According to ESPN.com, Lemuel Jeanpierre worked with the first team during Tuesday's OTA practice. Patrick Lewis, who many projected to be the front-runner for the job, worked in as Jeanpierre's backup.
After practice, coach Pete Carroll said Jeanpierre earned the opportunity to begin OTAs as the first-team center.
Jeanpierre has been with the Seahawks since 2011 and Lewis joined the squad a year ago. Jeanpierre has 11 career starts and Lewis has four, all of which happened with Seattle in 2014.
The coaching staff expressed a desire to see Manuel play a complete game, but his poor performance resulted in Cardale Jones entering the fray to get some reps of his own. Manuel contributed in just four games on the season and his inability to move the ball against what has been a wretched Jets defense does not bode well for his chances of remaining in Buffalo after his current contract expires in the offseason.
Bush still has name recognition, but at this stage his involvement in the Bills' offense is modest, so his presence on the team's inactive list is not a huge surprise. Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams are on hand to back up LeSean McCoy on Sunday.