|Offense||19th||161.9 (1st)||181.5 (32nd)|
|Defense||12th||116.2 (26th)||230.4 (8th)|
|38||Brown, Sergio||DB||6-2||207||5/22/1988||7||Notre Dame|
|53||Brown, Zach||ILB||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||DE||6-4||284||5/31/1986||7||Central Florida|
|Eagan, Ed||WR||5-10||198||6/19/1993||R||Northwestern State-Louisiana|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||5||South Carolina|
|20||Graham, Corey||FS||6-0||196||7/25/1985||10||New Hampshire|
|55||Hughes, Jerry||OLB||6-2||254||8/13/1988||7||Texas Christian|
|50||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||232||8/10/1987||8||North Dakota State|
|7||Jones, Cardale||QB||6-5||250||9/29/1992||R||Ohio State|
|13||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|
|84||O'Leary, Nick||TE||6-3||252||8/31/1992||1||Florida State|
|65||Sanborn, Garrison||LS||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, Logan||QB||6-6||250||7/1/1991||2||Virginia Tech|
|92||Washington, Adolphus||DE||6-4||295||11/24/1994||R||Ohio State|
|95||Williams, Kyle||DE||6-1||303||6/10/1983||11||Louisiana State|
|94||Worthy, Jerel||DT||6-2||308||4/28/1990||3||Michigan State|
|33||Anderson, Colt (IR)||DB||5-10||195||10/25/1985||7||Montana|
|86||Annen, Blake (IR)||TE||6-4||247||5/28/1991||2||Cincinnati|
|26||Blanton, Robert (IR)||SS||6-1||200||9/7/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|97||Bryant, Corbin (IR)||NT||6-4||300||1/4/1988||4||Northwestern|
|31||Dowling, Jonathan (IR)||DB||6-3||190||12/8/1991||2||Western Kentucky|
|75||Enemkpali, IK (IR)||DE||6-1||261||7/3/1991||3||Louisiana Tech|
|89||Gragg, Chris (IR)||TE||6-3||244||6/30/1990||4||Arkansas|
|73||Lucas, Marquis (IR)||T||6-4||318||3/25/1993||R||West Virginia|
|19||Powell, Walt (IR)||WR||6-0||189||11/23/1991||2||Murray State|
|59||Ragland, Reggie (IR)||ILB||6-2||252||9/23/1993||R||Alabama|
|51||Reddick, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-1||240||12/28/1989||3||North Carolina|
|43||Thomas, Phillip (IR)||DB||6-0||223||3/1/1989||3||Fresno State|
|23||Williams, Aaron (IR)||SS||6-0||199||4/23/1990||6||Texas|
|70||Wood, Eric (IR)||C||6-4||310||3/18/1986||8||Louisville|
|Faciane, Isame||G||6-4||302||5/11/1991||2||Florida International|
|Gary, Shamiel||SAF||6-0||217||5/31/1990||2||Oklahoma State|
|Albright, Bryson||LB||6-5||225||3/15/1994||R||Miami (Ohio)|
|Ferguson, Reid||LS||6-2||244||3/24/1994||R||Louisiana State|
|66||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||331||1/21/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|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.
Williams would have been a long shot anyway, as no one has a true timetable on his return and his injury is scary enough that at this point everyone's just hoping he can play football again. One thing that's clear -- the Bills' defensive backfield has struggled to replace him, as Robert Blanton hasn't cut it and the team is now looking at any option that can even capably fill Williams' starting spot.
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.
The shoulder is expected to be back to 100 percent well before Raglund's knee is fully healed. While the Bills have a number of players on injured reserve and a few are candidates to be the one player selected to return this season, Raglund will not be one of them. Long term, the Bills seem to love what the second-rounder brings to the table, so he could be a nice addition to an improving defense in 2017.
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.
Tyrod Taylor couldn't connect with Goodwin on any big plays, as his long gain went for just 12 yards. The speedy wideout wasn't 100 percent heading into the game with a wrist injury, but somewhat missed a golden opportunity, as Robert Woods (knee) and Percy Harvin (illness) did not play. If you need Goodwin next week, he'll be up against the Steelers.
Freeman had been on injured-reserve with an undisclosed injury. He projected to provide depth on the offensive line for the Texans had he been healthy.
Brown doesn't make a ton of huge plays, but he's as steady as they come on the tackles front and with 87 stops on the season so far, there's time to make a run at the 120 he put up last season.
The Bills have a decent offense, but Carpenter simply isn't getting the volume as he has in past seasons, and with 75 points on the campaign he'll at least need average output to hit the century mark for the eighth time in his nine NFL seasons. All four of the Bills' remaining games will be played in stadiums that see the usual December weather patterns (three at home, one at the Jets).
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.
Devastated by injuries in the wideout corps, Buffalo needs some depth ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. Eagan won't necessarily have a role or be active on gameday, but he's at least around as an emergency option. The team still hopes Robert Woods (foot) and Marquise Goodwin (concussion) will be available.
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.
Darby cleared the concussion protocol Monday, so he's likely just being limited at this point in the week as a precaution. He figures to be fine for Sunday's tilt against the Steelers after just a one-game absence.
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 started the game completing nine of 10 passes, but cooled off at the end of the first half and into the second half, when he had both of his turnovers. He salvaged his fantasy game with a third-quarter touchdown run. He'll look to get back on track next week at home against the Steelers.
Even though the Bills have been decimated at wideout all season, there's simply not going to be enough time for this year to be anything more than rehab and learning for the speedy rookie, who's incredibly raw but may also be one of the NFL's fastest players once he's back.
Thomas was drafted in the fourth round by Washington in 2013, but proved disappointing after losing his rookie season to a foot injury. He played in eight games a year ago and contributed to 27 tackles.
Tate ended up playing 26 offensive snaps, mostly because Robert Woods left the game for good in the first half. That's a situation worth watching for those in leagues where players get points for both receiving yards and return yards, as Tate could be forced into an offensive role if neither Woods or Sammy Watkins can return for the Week 12 game against Jacksonville. In any matter, Tate was able to top 5,000 career yards in Sunday's win, and perhaps that felt just a little better coming against his former team.
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.
The Buffalo secondary has been taking a ton of criticism lately -- most of it justified -- but Gilmore played a good game last time out in the lost Seattle and was even better in Week 11. While the Bills would certainly love it if he got burned a bit less -- he got lost in coverage on the Bengals' only passing TD Sunday -- his stats are going to be stronger than last season. His 35 tackles are just one shy of 2015, and he's already posted four picks, tying his season high from 2011.
As much as Rex Ryan loved this undrafted free agent from Miami of Ohio, the writing was on the wall when the Bills elevated linebacker Lerentee McCray ahead of Albright for Week 1. We'll see if the Bills try to move "Big Bird," as Ryan calls him, to the practice squad or find a spot on the team again when they don't need as many reserve offensive linemen.
Williams was limited in practice this week but there was never much doubt he'd play Week 7. He'll start at defensive end opposite Adolphus Washington.
Hughes practiced in limited fashion throughout the entire week, but was ultimately expected to play heading into the weekend. Lerentee McCray and Shaq Lawson could see additional reps at outside linebacker if Hughes suffers any kind of setback.
Gillislee vultured a pair of short touchdowns from LeSean McCoy, who had 190 yards from scrimmage but was held out of the end zone. Gillislee is a solid backup, but it's hard to imagine him having games like this moving forward, unless McCoy suffers an injury. Still, the team loves using him from in close, given his own ability to get in the end zone as well as it saving some wear and tear on McCoy.
McCray did was not diagnosed with a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Raiders, but some symptoms surfaced Monday. His status will need to be monitored throughout the week. Shaq Lawson would presumably see an increased role providing depth at outside linebacker if McCray is forced to miss any time.
That said, Watkins' non-participation in not indicative of a setback with his foot, as the team plans to manage the wideout's Wednesday reps, with an eye toward having him ready on game days. After logging 25 snaps (out of a possible 55) in Week 12 against the Jaguars in his return to action after a lengthy absence, Watkins was on the field for 49 of 72 offensive snaps in this past Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Assuming no new issues with his foot in the coming days, we'd expect Watkins' snap count to continue to creep up this weekend, when the Bills take on the Steelers.
Hunter's four targets and 38 offensive snaps were his highest sums since Week 8. It didn't make much of a difference in terms of production, however. Since coming to Buffalo - whether he's been on the field for 50 snaps or 15, he's never topped two catches or 30 yards. He's scored four times, so there's value in that, but a potential increase in usage is more cosmetic than useful at this point.
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.
McCoy had a solid first half with 50 rushing yards, but ripped off a 54-yard run on the first play of the second half. Tyrod Taylor ended up scoring from 12 yards out on the next play. Meanwhile, Mike Gillislee had eight carries for 49 yards, vulturing a pair of short touchdowns. McCoy left the game in the second half after a rushing attempt, but returned on the next series and looked fine. (The team called it a cramp.) As the Raiders rallied in the second half, he was used more as a receiver, including a nifty one-handed catch on a 17-yard reception. Next up for McCoy will be the Steelers at home.
Williams and Reggie Bush will now be the immediate backups to LeSean McCoy, who's more of an injury risk than usual as he's about to play with a dislocated thumb. Coach Rex Ryan is calling Williams and Bush his "2A and 2B" options for the game, though we'd figure Williams is the better bet for carries, since he's seen more than Bush so far (17 to nine) and is averaging far better yards per carry (3.59 to -0.22).
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.
Clay's receiving numbers have been a disappointment for almost two seasons, but if this was a chance for O'Leary to usurp some of that role, it didn't happen Sunday as the second-year man put up a very Clay-like performance. More than likely, O'Leary will go back to his usual snap count when Clay returns for this week's game against Pittsburgh.
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 missed Sunday's game against the Raiders so he could be home for the birth of his child, but he should be back in the fold for this week's game against the Steelers, where the Buffalo offense could have an improved look with Clay and Robert Woods expected back in action.
Washington's status for Sunday's game against the Patriots never seemed much in doubt, but with the quick return he may not even carry a designation once Friday's injury report comes out.
Lawson's stats have been modest so far, and with Lorenzo Alexander and jerry Hughes working on the outside in most of the team's looks, we'd still expect the rookie to sit his share of plays. Still, the 6-6 Bills likely want to start planning ahead, and Lawson's expected to be a key piece next season.
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.
Regular starter Ronald Darby has a concussion and hasn't even started practicing again, while normal backup Corey White may be needed in more of a utility role. Hence, Seymour appears likely to see the field quite a bit, and he could accrue a few tackles along the way against Oakland's passing-friendly attack.
Gilmore and Ronald Darby came into the season as one of the league's most formidable cornerback duos, but they've grossly disappointed at various times. It's Darby who's under fire from the coaching staff right now, after he got benched during the Week 9 loss to Seattle for getting toasted for a couple of big plays. We'll see who ends up the starter for this week's game against the Bengals and their weapon-heavy passing attack.
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 is a special teams player who largely failed to make an impact of any sort this season, as was inactive for the first three games and never recorded a snap on defense.
Graham hasn't missed a defensive snap this season. While his tackle totals -- 11 through three games -- are disappointing, Sunday's game shows just what he can do. While he sits just tied for 21st among safeties in standard IDP scoring, he figures to keep working his way up in the coming weeks, perhaps starting this week against the Patriots, a team that always seems to keep the Buffalo defense on the field.
The Bills are expecting Woods to return this week, which would give them a look they've barely seen all season with Woods as the No. 2 receiver and Sammy Watkins as the top dog. If Woods does suit up, perhaps that tandem can give a boost to the league's 32nd-ranked passing attack.
Brown has posted at least eight tackles in 10 different games this season, and even though he's had a couple poor performances, he's an excellent IDP option with double-digit upside in the tackle department.
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.
Manuel is locked in as the No. 2 quarterback, but maybe the Bills won't be in as rough shape as they were last season when Tyrod Taylor couldn't play, should the need arise again. And to his credit, Manuel took last year's demotion and struggles in stride and with class and has seemingly worked harder to revive his career, one that has never come close to living up to Manuel's first-round status.
Bush and Jonathan Williams will now be the immediate backups to LeSean McCoy, who's more of an injury risk than usual as he's about to play with a dislocated thumb. Coach Rex Ryan is calling Bush and Williams his "2A and 2B" options for the game, though we'd figure Williams is the better bet for carries, since he's seen more than Bush so far (17 to nine) and is averaging far better yards per carry (3.59 to -0.22). Bush is a pretty bad bet all around given that he's lost his job as main return man and even with Gillislee's injury he's still likely third in the pecking order for carries. All we're saying is that he's one injury away from the team needing to rely heavily on him.
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