|Offense||16th||164.4 (1st)||189.8 (30th)|
|Defense||19th||133.1 (29th)||223.9 (6th)|
|Banyard, Joe||RB||5-10||223||11/12/1988||4||Texas-El Paso|
|Bradford, Carl||LB||6-1||248||8/15/1992||3||Arizona State|
|Brown, Corey||WR||5-11||190||12/16/1991||4||Ohio State|
|38||Brown, Sergio (FA)||DB||6-2||207||5/22/1988||8||Notre Dame|
|22||Bush, Reggie (FA)||RB||6-0||205||3/2/1985||12||Southern California|
|2||Carpenter, Dan (FA)||K||6-2||228||11/25/1985||10||Montana|
|Crichton, Scott (FA)||DE||6-3||273||10/30/1991||4||Oregon State|
|28||Darby, Ronald||CB||5-11||193||1/2/1994||3||Florida State|
|DiMarco, Patrick||RB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||6||South Carolina|
|91||Douzable, Leger (FA)||DE||6-4||284||5/31/1986||8||UCF|
|81||Easley, Marcus (FA)||WR||6-2||217||11/2/1987||6||Connecticut|
|Elston, Trae||DB||5-11||176||2/16/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|42||Felton, Jerome (FA)||FB||6-0||248||7/3/1986||10||Furman|
|37||Gary, Shamiel||SAF||6-0||217||5/31/1990||2||Oklahoma State|
|89||Gragg, Chris (FA)||TE||6-3||244||6/30/1990||5||Arkansas|
|20||Graham, Corey (FA)||FS||6-0||196||7/25/1985||11||New Hampshire|
|11||Harvin, Percy (FA)||WR||5-11||184||5/28/1988||8||Florida|
|Hauschka, Steven||K||6-4||210||6/29/1985||10||NC State|
|66||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||331||1/21/1992||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|Hodges, Gerald||LB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||5||Penn State|
|50||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||232||8/10/1987||9||North Dakota State|
|32||Ihedigbo, James (FA)||SS||6-1||214||12/3/1983||10||Massachusetts|
|James, Charles||DB||5-9||185||5/14/1990||4||Charleston Southern|
|Johnson, Leonard||DB||5-10||200||3/30/1990||6||Iowa State|
|7||Jones, Cardale||QB||6-5||250||9/29/1992||2||Ohio State|
|Jones, Zay||WR||6-2||202||3/30/1995||R||East Carolina|
|Lewis, Dezmin||WR||6-4||214||12/5/1992||1||Central Arkansas|
|67||Lewis, Patrick||C||6-1||311||1/30/1991||5||Texas A&M|
|Lewis, Marquavius||DT||6-3||270||10/11/1992||R||South Carolina|
|36||Meeks, Jonathan (FA)||DB||6-0||209||11/8/1989||4||Clemson|
|Milano, Matt||OLB||6-1||221||7/28/1994||R||Boston College|
|79||Mills, Jordan||T||6-5||316||12/24/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|O'Leary, Nick||TE||6-3||252||8/31/1992||2||Florida State|
|O'Neal, Cedric||RB||5-10||215||1/29/1994||1||Valdosta State|
|Powell, Joe||DB||6-2||205||2/25/1994||1||Globe Tech NY (J.C.)|
|19||Powell, Walt||WR||6-0||189||11/23/1991||3||Murray State|
|Poyer, Jordan||FS||6-0||191||4/25/1991||5||Oregon State|
|Ross, Rashad||WR||6-0||180||2/2/1990||3||Arizona State|
|Sanders, B.T.||DB||6-9||195||6/28/1995||R||Nicholls State|
|Saxton, Wes||TE||6-4||235||8/13/1993||1||South Alabama|
|Sayles, Marcus||CB||5-10||177||10/1/1994||R||West Georgia|
|29||Seymour, Kevon||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||2||Southern California|
|Shorts, Daikiel||WR||6-0||201||10/6/1994||R||West Virginia|
|Spikes, Brandon (FA)||LB||6-2||255||9/3/1987||7||Florida|
|15||Tate, Brandon||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||9||North Carolina|
|5||Taylor, Tyrod||QB||6-1||215||8/3/1989||7||Virginia Tech|
|82||Thomas, Logan||QB||6-6||250||7/1/1991||2||Virginia Tech|
|Tolbert, Mike||FB||5-9||250||11/23/1985||10||Coastal Carolina|
|Vallejo, Tanner||LB||6-1||228||//||R||Boise State|
|Voytek, Zach||G||6-5||305||//||R||New Haven|
|92||Washington, Adolphus||DE||6-4||295||11/24/1994||2||Ohio State|
|23||Williams, Aaron (FA)||SS||6-0||199||4/23/1990||7||Texas|
|Williams, Nigel||DT||6-2||282||12/20/1993||R||Virginia Tech|
|94||Worthy, Jerel||DT||6-2||308||4/28/1990||4||Michigan State|
|Wright, Shareece||DB||5-11||184||4/8/1987||7||Southern California|
|Yates, T.J.||QB||6-4||217||5/28/1987||6||North Carolina|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
It's a pretty open competition for the backup spot behind Tyrod Taylor, though Jones seems to be falling behind T.J. Yates and rookie Nathan Peterman. Making matters worse is that Yates has more experience in new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's system, while Peterman is the draft choice of the same new coaching regime that didn't pick Jones, a fourth-rounder in 2016 under coach Rex Ryan.
The Bills are revamping their secondary with a new coaching staff in town, while Williams doesn't know if he can continue with his career following several scary neck injuries that have kept him out of 22 games over the last two seasons. With Stephon Gilmore signing with New England, the Bills will likely take secondary player with one of their first two draft picks, with receiver being the other glaring need.
Dareus only played eight games last season due to suspension and injuries -- not the first time he's struggled with those two things -- but when he's on the field he can be an absolute terror. He also seems suited for the team's new 4-3 defense, especially if teammate Kyle Williams can stay healthy. If your league makes you choose interior linemen, Dareus could end up being a nice target for sacks and tackles.
Ragland had been limited to individual drills during OTAs up to this point, but the 2016 second-rounder is now back on the practice field in full. Whether it be on the outside or in the middle, Ragland will have a solid chance to start at linebacker despite missing all of last year due to an ACL injury.
This signing makes sense, considering that Johnson that was a member of new Bills head coach Sean McDermott's defense last season, when McDermott was the defensive coordinator for the Panthers. Now in Buffalo, the six-year veteran will likely compete for a prominent role in a Bills secondary that needs to replace the departed Stephon Gilmore.
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.
Reportedly, only Taylor has looked ready to run Rick Dennison's offense entering the season. That's been the case all along, but the Bills are hoping someone will step up and give the coaching staff some comfort if Taylor should suffer an injury. So far that's not really happening, but Yates has more experience as a pro and also has experience with Dennison, putting him in the second spot in the pecking order for now, though the situation could remain fluid as the youngsters behind him get more chances.
Ross in an undrafted receiver (2013) that's floated around several practice squads before landing a return role with Washington in 2015. While he'll be a long shot to make the team, the Bills decided they'd rather give a look to a healthy speed guy than an unhealthy one, as Kolby Listenbee (pelvis) was let go in the swap. Ross's best bet to land a spot would be to beat out Brandon Tate for a return role -- no easy task considering Tate is one of the league's better return specialists.
Jones, who missed multiple weeks of OTAs due to a minor knee injury, will compete with Andre Holmes and Philly Brown for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart at wide receiver behind Sammy Watkins (foot). The Bills have yet to see a healthy Jones on the practice field, but the second-round pick probably has the best shot at immediately earning the starting role across from Watkins after racking up 158 receptions, 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior campaign with East Carolina last year.
The Bills traded up to get the rookie from East Carolina, and the talk already has him getting a fair shake at the vacant No. 2 position. Of course, Brown offers more experience than Jones, though he's only produced between 21 and 31 catches over his three pro seasons. That said, rookies have struggled to quickly grasp the pro game before, so consider this an open three-way battle for now, with Andre Holmes also in the running. Truthfully, because Brown is so small and has the ability to help out more in the return game or on change-it-up run plays, we have to list him fourth on the current WR depth chart.
This is a little surprising, considering Brown has registered 109 or more tackles in each of his first three seasons, though new coach Sean McDermott -- who has a defensive background -- has been pumping up Ragland's potential since he got into town. Considering Ragland was hurt all last season and has yet to play an NFL down, him usurping Brown is still far from a sure thing. The good news is that the loser of the likely battle still gets a starting job on the outside in McDermott's new defense. However, given the 3-4 scheme that McDermott deploys, and based on the numbers Luke Kuechly compiled in that system in Carolina, the middle is where the value's going to lie in terms of stats production.
Carpenter was 19 for 25 on field goals and 40 for 45 on extra points in 2016. His release leaves the Bills without a kicker currently on the team. Carpenter is free to sign with any team.
Easley never saw the field in 2016 as he recovered from knee surgery. The wideout had just three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown in his six seasons with the Bills. He's now an unrestricted free agent, but it's unclear how his surgically repaired knee is doing, which could cause teams to take caution when considering signing 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 missed one OTA practice due to soreness in his leg, but short of that he faced no setbacks in his return to practices. While he isn't yet at full health, he anticipates being back without any reservations by late July, when training camp begins.
Don't read too much into this thinking Taylor might not be the starter come Week 1 -- only injury would prevent something of that magnitude. But it took awhile this offseason for the team to commit to Taylor, and that's still thought to be only a short-term strategy until he proves himself further, especially with two first-rounders ahead in 2018. Those who draft Taylor will have to hope he plays well early on in the season, or he runs the risked of being subbed out later in the season if the Bills -- a team with talent but also with a difficult 2017 schedule while going through a bit of a rebuild -- end up falling out of the playoff chase.
The Bills have brought in a whole host of depth wideouts over the last week, but Tate has better special teams skills than all of them, which will likely be his ticket to making the final roster. Tate had the NFL's sixth-best kickoff return average among qualifiers in 2016 with 22.83 yards per return and was fifth best in punt returns at 11.58, so it's not hard to figure out where his value lies. Even with a new coaching staff in town, the team didn't want to let him get away.
Per the report, Hauschka's deal with Buffalo will run four years at a cost of $12.4 million. The former Seahawk is thus in line to replace Dan Carpenter, who the Bills let go Tuesday. Hauschka had issues on extra-point attempts over the past two seasons, missing 10 of his 79 attempts, but at the same time, he brings a career 87.2 percent success rate on field-goal attempts to the table and can also handle kickoffs capably.
There was some thought that Williams, who will turn 34 in June, could opt for retirement this summer, but after turning in another productive campaign in 2016, the Bills' long-time run stuffer will be back for another season. Williams will carry a hefty $8.3 million cap hit in 2017, but after he churned out 64 tackles and five sacks in 15 games while playing through injury a season ago, it's a price the Bills are likely willing to pay.
While Hughes' tackle totals have been incredibly consistent in his four seasons with the Bills, staying within the 46-53 range all four seasons, he was a far better sack specialist when he was in Buffalo's 4-3 defense in 2013 and 2014, when he totaled 20 sacks compared to just 11 in two seasons under Ryan. McDermott is also known for being able to put pressure on opposing offenses from his Carolina days. All this spells good news for Hughes' IDP value.
Watkins, who was limited to individual work at last week's OTAs, isn't up to full speed yet, with his reps in Tuesday's team drills capped at a handful of plays. That said, the wideout continues to progress toward the Bills' goal of having him ready for training camp next month. With that in mind, coach Sean McDermott noted that Watkins has "worked extremely hard in the training room, attacking the rehab process, and now, these last couple weeks, we've been able to get him back on the field."
Crichton was claimed by the Bills on Monday after being released by the Vikings last week. It's unclear what injury he's dealing with, but he could struggle to sign with any team until he's recovered. The former third-round pick has yet to record a sack in his 21 regular-season appearances.
Harvin came out of retirement to play for the Bills last season, only to be sidelined after two games by the migraines that have bothered him throughout his career. A first-round selection back in 2009, the speedy 28-year-old is apparently calling it quits for good. He isn't fielding offers in free agency -- which may or may not have been the case at this time last year.
This is a good signing as well as a need signing by the Bills, as the team doesn't have much left in the secondary following the first round of offseason changes. Hyde's signing might allow the Bills to focus more on corner and receiver in the first few rounds of the draft, while the former Packer should be expected to start from Day 1. The Bills also get quite a bit more durability in Hyde compared to the recently released Aaron Williams (neck), as Hyde's only missed one regular-season game in his pro career.
McCoy missed out on Tuesday's opening day of minicamp due to a stomach illness, but the Bills' No. 1 running back was able to return just one day later. Jonathan Williams assumed first-team duties Tuesday, so he's likely the frontrunner for the role as McCoy's primary backup.
The Bills don't have anyone proven behind McCoy, and Williams -- the team's fifth-rounder in 2016 -- is looking like the clear choice for insurance behind the stud veteran. There's also talk that the Bills will try to take it easy on McCoy around the goal line. If that comes into fruition, guys like Williams and Mike Tolbert could be in line for a share of scoring touches.
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.
Wright's calf injury doesn't appear to be serious at this point, but it could keep him sidelined throughout the remainder of minicamp. His next chance to return would be in late July at training camp, when the calf issue figures to be a thing of the past.
Powell claims he accidentally used a product that caused the positive result, but has accepted the NFL's discipline and won't appeal. He'll be eligible to return to the team's active roster in early October following the Bills' Week 4 matchup against the Falcons. Powell has hauled in just 14 passes throughout his past two seasons in Buffalo, while news of a suspension won't bode well for his chances at making the team in the long run.
After being released by the 49ers a week ago, Bradford heads to the Nickel City as the team looks to shore up their linebacking corps. The 24-year-old has spent time with the Packers and 49ers during his young career, but has yet to find a stable home in the NFL. Look for him to compete for a reserve spot at weakside linebacker during training camp.
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.
Butler joins Buffalo after a nondescript stint in San Diego last season, when he finished with just two catches for 11 yards in four games played. In the previous season, he caught 31 passes for 363 yards in eight games with the Ravens. Since Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin left the Bills this offseason, Butler has an opportunity to carve out a consistent role in his new setting, but whether he'll be able to do so remains to be seen.
Peterman (6-foot-2, 226 pounds) was expected to go at least a round earlier than this, so this looks like a good value for the Bills. Peterman presumably fell this far due to a perceived lack of upside, but the former Tennessee transfer deserves some credit for quietly playing very well the last two years. Despite only having one decent receiver on his roster, Peterman threw for 2,855 yards (9.3 YPA), 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016. He'll try to stick as Buffalo's third quarterback.
James has become an NFL journeyman since going undrafted in 2013, spending time with Giants, Texans and Colts. He'll now compete with a plethora of defensive backs in Buffalo for a spot on the 53-man roster this fall.
Metz has made his name in arena football since going undrafted out of Shippensburg in 2014. The defensive end won the Arena Football League title with the Philadelphia Soul last year, and then went on to lose in the China Arena Football League's championship game back in November. After failing to make the Eagles' roster ahead of last season, Metz will now try his hand with the Bills.
Saxton, who participated in a 10-player workout for the Bills on Tuesday, will provide the offense with additional size at tight end, as the South Alabama product checks in at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds. The 23-year-old has previously spent time on the Jets' practice squad, but has yet to record a single catch in the NFL. The Bills don't have any proven options at tight end beyond Charles Clay, so even though Saxton will be a long shot to make the roster, he should at least receive a long look during training camp.
Felton, now 34, is expected to join the reigning NFC champions after spending the past two seasons up in Buffalo. The fullback has bounced all over during his seven seasons in the league, including stints with the Lions, Vikings, Panthers, and Bills. If he signs with the Falcons, he'll likely serve as a run blocker for the two-headed monster that is Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman (ankle).
Clay made it on the field for 15 games last season, but was a regular on the injury report with issues relating to his knee. While Clay has been a bit of a disappointment since the Bills signed him as a free agent two years ago, he's far better than the next option -- hopefully McDermott means they just need to be proactive in not letting it become a major issue through rest and being smart about it, rather than being concerned it could potentially keep him out of action.
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.
Streater, now 29 years old, spent the past season in San Francisco, where he caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 27 targets. The Bills beefed up their receiving corps earlier this offseason, drafting Zay Jones (knee) in the second round and signing Andre Holmes in free agency. Streater will likely compete for a depth role at receiver, battling the likes of Philly Brown and Brandon Tate for a spot on the roster.
Not only does he have his health back -- even when Lawson played last season, he was limited -- but the 2016 first-rounder should enjoy the new 4-3 defense that he's far more familiar with compared to Rex Ryan's 3-4. Lawson will start at end across from Jerry Hughes, and might not come off the field that much considering there's not much experience behind those two quality pass rushers. The Bills might have a nasty D-Line if everyone stays healthy this season, as Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams form a pretty lethal interior pair.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft as a quarterback, Thomas spent most of last season learning to play tight end as a member of Detroit's practice squad. The Bills signed him in late November and made him a healthy scratch the rest of the season, seemingly hoping to further develop him as a tight end this offseason. While he's likely still raw and will presumably have to fight for a roster spot, Thomas possesses a combination of size (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) and speed (4.6 40-yard dash), which compares favorably to that of the league's top tight ends.
The Bills signed Tolbert and fellow fullback Patrick DiMarco at the beginning of free agency, with the latter profiling as a traditional lead blocker, while the former figures to operate more like a specialized backup tailback. Tolbert isn't quick or shifty enough to justify a high volume of carries, but he could be useful for passing downs and short-yardage situations, offering an unusual mix of size, receiving skills and pass-blocking ability. In the event of a LeSean McCoy injury, the Bills likely would turn to Jonathan Williams as the primary ball carrier, with Tolbert then handling most of the passing-down work.
Hodges, an athletic former fourth-rounder, will compete for a spot at outside linebacker in Buffalo after racking up 133 tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in 25 games with the 49ers throughout the past two seasons.
Glenn remained in a walking boot throughout this week's minicamp, but Bills coach Sean McDermott is optimistic about the left tackle's availability for training camp. Second-rounder Dion Dawkins figures to see additional reps while Glenn remains sidelined.
The Bills signed Poyer -- who spent the last three seasons in Cleveland -- to rebuild a secondary that lost some key members this offseason. The way things look today, he'd be a starting safety alongside fellow newcomer Micah Hyde for new head coach Sean McDermott and coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Seymour was listed as a starting corner opposite Ronald Darby once Stephon Gilmore bolted to the Patriots, but the Bills obviously have big plans for White as they try to restock a depleted secondary. White doesn't have superstar skills even though he's expected to be a solid NFL contributor, so if he's slow to pick up the game, then Seymour could still be a Week 1 starter. And with a new coach in town, many of the starting spots are going to come down to summer performances anyway.
Ihedigbo's 2016 season ended after he fractured his fibula late in the year. Though he claims his leg has "100 percent healed," he will still have to sit out four games due to a suspension. The age-33 safety last saw significant playing time in 2015, when he played in 15 games for Detroit and recorded 63 tackles and an interception. The veteran believes he still has gas in the tank, but he may need to wait until a team faces injuries to the safety position before he gets signed.
Ronald Darby will definitely be one of the cornerback starters, but based on White getting mostly first-team reps at minicamp and the praise coming from his coaching staff, he probably has a leg up over Kevin Seymour for the other starting spot.
It looks like it's going to be Holmes and rookie Zay Jones battling it out for the No. 2 spot next to Sammy Watkins. Jones offers more upside, but some seem to be expecting a bit much immediately from a rookie that already sustained an injury this spring and that's never played an NFL down. Holmes doesn't exactly have an eye-popping resume, but he did occasionally produce some meaningful numbers with the Raiders (he posted a 47/693/4 line in 2016). Furthermore, at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he offers the best size of any Bills receiver in line to receive regular playing time.
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.
The former Boise State Bronco was productive when healthy, but injuries nagged him his senior year. A wrist issue cut his season short in 2016, which is a concern given that Vallejo's size (6-1, 228) is already on the smaller side for an NFL linebacker. Still, Vallejo plays with a high motor and could be a contributor on special teams for the Bills.
By parting ways with Graham, the Bills avoided avoid paying him a $500,000 roster bonus, which he would have received Monday. The Bills added Jordan Poyer (kidney) and Micah Hyde to their secondary Thursday, so they were able to let go of the 31-year-old Graham and free up a little over $4 million of cap space in the process. He posted 87 tackles, nine passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery through 16 games last season.
Miller will be considered day-to-day due to the sprained ankle, while Vladimir Ducasse figures to be in line for additional reps at right guard in the meantime.
Banyard is jack of all trades who can provide depth in the running, passing and return games. He even has the ability to serve as an emergency quarterback. However, the Bills are just filling out their offseason roster, so it's no certainty the 28-year-old even makes the team next season.
DiMarco hasn't contributed much in the way of measured stats the past few years, recording just 20 receptions for 162 yards and three touchdowns while playing in all 32 games the past two seasons. That being said he's a great blocker and was a large factor in the Falcons offense this past season. He'll be a large help to LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor now that he'll be in Buffalo.
Alexander expressed an interest in sticking around Buffalo, and now the 33-year-old has officially put pen to paper. The veteran outside linebacker racked up some massive totals out of nowhere last season, compiling 76 tackles (56 solo) and 12.5 sacks on the season in addition to two interceptions and three forced fumbles. It's unlikely he will repeat that production in 2017, but could enjoy more success than he had in the other 10 seasons of his career.
Bush, a former No. 2 overall pick, will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. He played in 13 games for the Bills last year, totaling minus-three yards and one touchdown on 12 carries. The poor showing with the Bills coupled with the fact that Bush is now 32 years old have limited his suitors this offseason, but once injuries begin to trickle in during OTAs and training camp, a team could have more interest in the former Heisman Trophy winner's services.