|Offense||16th||164.4 (1st)||189.8 (30th)|
|Defense||19th||133.1 (29th)||223.9 (6th)|
|83||Anderson, Rory||TE||6-4||246||10/2/1992||2||South Carolina|
|22||Banyard, Joe||RB||5-10||221||11/12/1988||5||Texas-El Paso|
|49||Barrington, Sam||LB||6-1||240||10/5/1990||5||South Florida|
|71||Barton, Karim||G||6-3||313||12/13/1991||1||Morgan State|
|80||Boldin, Anquan||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||15||Florida State|
|53||Bradford, Carl||LB||6-1||248||8/15/1992||3||Arizona State|
|10||Brown, Corey||WR||5-11||190||12/16/1991||4||Ohio State|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||RB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||6||South Carolina|
|36||Elston, Trae||DB||6-0||190||2/16/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|37||Gary, Shamiel||SAF||6-0||217||5/31/1990||3||Oklahoma State|
|4||Hauschka, Stephen||K||6-4||210||6/29/1985||10||NC State|
|66||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||331||1/21/1992||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|51||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|
|24||Johnson, Leonard||DB||5-10||194||3/30/1990||6||Iowa State|
|11||Jones, Zay||WR||6-2||200||3/30/1995||R||East Carolina|
|22||Jones, Taiwan||RB||6-0||195||7/26/1988||7||Eastern Washington|
|13||Lewis, Dezmin||WR||6-4||214||12/5/1992||2||Central Arkansas|
|97||Lewis, Marquavius||DT||6-3||270||10/11/1992||R||South Carolina|
|58||Milano, Matt||OLB||6-0||223||7/28/1994||R||Boston College|
|79||Mills, Jordan||T||6-5||316||12/24/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|84||O'Leary, Nick||TE||6-3||252||8/31/1992||2||Florida State|
|44||O'Neal, Cedric||RB||5-10||215||1/29/1994||1||Valdosta State|
|43||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|
|21||Poyer, Jordan||FS||6-0||191||4/25/1991||5||Oregon State|
|18||Ross, Rashad||WR||6-0||180||2/2/1990||4||Arizona State|
|47||Sanders, B.T.||DB||6-0||195||6/29/1995||R||Nicholls State|
|80||Saxton, Wes||TE||6-4||235||8/13/1993||1||South Alabama|
|45||Sayles, Marcus||CB||5-10||175||10/1/1994||R||West Georgia|
|29||Seymour, Kevon||CB||6-0||185||11/30/1993||2||Southern California|
|16||Shorts, Daikiel||WR||6-1||202||10/6/1994||R||West Virginia|
|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||TE||6-6||250||7/1/1991||3||Virginia Tech|
|27||Tolbert, Mike||FB||5-9||250||11/23/1985||10||Coastal Carolina|
|40||Vallejo, Tanner||LB||6-1||228||12/16/1994||R||Boise State|
|68||Voytek, Zach||G||6-5||305||7/8/1994||R||New Haven|
|92||Washington, Adolphus||DE||6-4||295||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|93||Williams, Nigel||DT||6-2||297||12/20/1993||R||Virginia Tech|
|94||Worthy, Jerel||DT||6-2||300||4/28/1990||4||Michigan State|
|20||Wright, Shareece||DB||5-11||184||4/8/1987||7||Southern California|
|9||Yates, T.J.||QB||6-4||217||5/28/1987||6||North Carolina|
|88||Croom, Jason (IR)||TE||6-5||246||2/28/1994||R||Tennessee|
|89||Towbridge, Keith (IR)||TE||6-5||262||5/21/1995||R||Louisville|
|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.
The severity surrounding Gaines' injury appears somewhat unknown at the moment. Gaines was spotted leaving practice on with a trainer but there has been little information publicized since then. It might be too early to speculate so keep an eye out for ensuing updates.
Dareus was sidelined for the Bills' Saturday and Sunday sessions with a hamstring issue, but his speedy return to the field suggests the injury was never viewed as a serious concern. The 2011 first-round pick has thus far steered clear of off-field trouble and made a positive impression with the Bills' new regime, who envision Dareus reemerging as an All-Pro-caliber lineman under first-year coach Sean McDermott in 2017 after back-to-back disappointing seasons.
Ragland was initially expected to challenge Preston Brown for the starting middle linebacker job, but that looks increasingly unlikely. Ragland has struggled after a year away from the field, both in terms of getting up to speed from his injury and also in grasping his role in the new defensive scheme being implemented by first-year head coach Sean McDermott.
While it isn't clear why Boldin is calling it quits just two weeks after signing a one-year contract with the Bills, the gritty veteran has plenty to hang his hat on as he looks back on a 14-year career, one that started with the Cardinals selecting him in the second round of the 2003 draft. Boldin immediately exploded onto the scene -- catching 10 passes for 217 yards in his first game -- and ultimately finished as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Then, after earning three Pro Bowl nods along the way, Boldin won a Super Bowl title with the Ravens before separate, less celebrated stints with the 49ers and Lions. He'll retire ninth all time in receptions (1,076), 14th in receiving yards (13,779) and tied for 23rd in receiving touchdowns (82). As for the Bills, Boldin's departure leaves the team with even more uncertainty at receiver. Second-round rookie Zay Jones is probably the favorite to claim the starting role opposite Jordan Matthews, but former Raiders Andre Holmes and Rod Streater (toe) could make a bid as well.
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.
The loser of the middle-linebacker battle was thought to have a good shot at Humber's starting spot, but the trailing guy in that fight, Reggie Ragland, is seeing second-team reps across the board. If Humber sticks, he'll offer less IDP value than his fellow starters -- likely Preston Brown and Lorenzo Alexander -- but sometimes players given a starting job start putting up surprising numbers in certain defenses.
Yates doesn't offer much upside as a veteran who's never really shined in his two previous NFL stops, while Peterman is a rookie picked by the new regime and one that's starting to make a nice impression. The fact the Bills have a good amount of rebuilding to do seems to favor Peterman as well, though at least Yates still has time -- and three preseason games -- to reclaim his status.
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.
The Bills are going through a rebuild and recently traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams, and while they did acquire wideout Jordan Matthews on the same day, it's becoming clear that Jones will have an immediate role in the offense, especially after starting Thursday's preseason game. With Rod Streater (toe) and Matthews both working through injuries, the rookie may just be the No. 1 option at this point of the preseason. He's starting to hone in on a starting job.
None of those receptions came from the arm of Tyrod Taylor, who targeted Sammy Watkins on five of eight pass attempts. Brown did his damage in the second quarter while playing with T.J. Yates and the second-team offense. The former Panther seems to be competing with the likes of Andre Holmes, Rod Streater and Brandon Tate for the fourth and fifth spots on the depth chart.
The veteran Brown has easily performed better than the high-upside Ragland throughout training camp, and barring injury he's going to be the team's starting middle linebacker come Week 1. If he stays on the field all season, we'd be shocked if Brown didn't accrue triple-digit tackles, especially playing in a Sean McDermott/Leslie Frazier defense that's been known to produce big tackle numbers from the middle.
Davis had been in the concussion protocol for nearly a week before returning Friday. He figures to continue battling Shaq Lawson and Eddie Yarbrough for defensive snaps as the exhibition season moves forward.
At this point in his career, Jones is most valuable as a kick returner, which is a clear need for the Bills due to Brandon Tate's calf injury and Walter Powell's four-game suspension to begin the season. In five campaigns with the Raiders, Jones returned 75 kickoffs at a clip of 23.3, which was powered by an AFC-leading 829 kick-return yards in 2015. The Bills will likely give Jones plenty of chances throughout the preseason to prove worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster.
Barrington spent last season with the Saints, appearing in five games and recording two combined tackles in limited action. The 2014 seventh-round pick will look to secure a spot on the final roster out of training camp.
Taylor is coming off a poor, two-interception outing in Buffalo's preseason loss to the Eagles on Thursday, which raised some concerns going into this season. Although the Bills have been reluctant to embrace Taylor as their starting quarterback long term, McDermott revealed he'll take the entirety of the first-team snaps in next weekend's dress rehearsal, when he'll ideally play a series into the third quarter. With that support, Taylor shouldn't be worried about his standing, yet he'll be focused on sharpening his performance to avoid any further questioning.
The Bills have some decent returners in camp between the experienced Tate, Rashad Ross and the recently signed Taiwan Jones. Tate is the best skilled of the group, however, and seems to have a good shot at landing the final receiver spot based on his special teams prowess.
There's really no competition for him, either. The Bills brought in Austin Rehkow, a standout at Idaho, for camp, but the team has recently said he's only in the competition for punting even though the rookie is being spread around other kicking situations to fulfill practice needs. Hauschka's job is just about as secure as any kicker out there entering the season.
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.
Rambo is on his second tour of duty with the Bills, but he's currently slotted for a depth/special teams role and not much more.
Hyde appears to have put his hip injury in the rearview mirror following his appearance in Thursday's preseason contest. The 26-year-old played nine defensive snaps and looks to have solidified his spot as the team's starting strong safety.
McCoy is coming off a fantastic season of 1,267 rushing yards and 5.4 YPC, but he's also 29 and the team is trying to save the wear and tear for the regular season. He's the team's main back by a good margin and getting selected among the top 4-6 fantasy backs, though the one worry we have is if the team takes him off the field in goal-line situations. This almost seems likely based on statements by the coaching staff and looking at other short-yardage options the Bills will have on the roster.
Williams saw limited work as rookie in 2016, working behind LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee. With Gillislee no longer in the mix, Williams merits draft consideration, given that he'd likely get most of the Bills' carries should anything happen to McCoy. That said, veteran Mike Tolbert is also on hand and is a candidate to carve out a short-yardage role in the team's offense.
Elston was on his way to having an impactful game Thursday before suffering his hamstring injury as he racked up three solo tackles from the strong safety spot. As a probable long shot to make the final roster, any additional time missed could be detrimental for Elston.
While O'Leary has almost no chance to beat out Clay for the top job, there's also not that much competition behind him other than some project guys. Clay's health at this stage of his career is no sure thing, so while O'Leary offers almost no fantasy value at the present time, he's also one injury away from being the main tight end.
Wright is in a battle with Kevon Seymour and likely newcomer E.J. Gaines (acquired from the Rams in the Sammy Watkins trade) for the starting spot, with the rookie White being pretty much a lock to start from Day 1.
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.
The move marks a change of plans for the 49ers, who tendered Bradford to a one-year contract in March. The Arizona State product played in four games with the Packers in 2016 before joining the 49ers for two more. He totaled five tackles and a stuff on the season.
Butler suffered a concussion last week and was forced to sit out the Bills' first preseason game. The injury is unfortunate for the wideout, who's likely a fringe roster player at best. He'll need to bounce back and play well in the latter half of camp once he returns in order to earn a spot.
Peterman wasn't great, but he certainly outproduced the Bills' other two quarterbacks, mainly Tyrod Taylor, who struggled mightily and finished with a 12.0 rating. Taylor is still the clear-cut starter, but remember there's a new regime in Buffalo looking for long-term answers. If Taylor struggles into the season, some folks will start calling for the fifth-round rookie, who's really started to make an impression over the last two weeks.
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.
Clay's output has been mildly disappointing in his two seasons with the Bills, as he topped out at 552 receiving yards last season, while he's put up a modest seven touchdowns over 28 games played. However, much of that has had to do with him being either asked to block or the Bills never being able to do much over the middle of the field. Clay seemed to "get it" with quarterback Tyrod Taylor late in 2016, putting up 18 catches for 209 yards and four scores over a three-game stretch before Taylor was inexplicably benched for Week 17. There's still the chronic knee issue for Clay and no one is saying he and Taylor are some kind of dynamic duo, but with so many other new faces on the offense, his familiarity with Taylor and a coordinator that favors the tight end could make Clay worthy of a late-round upside selection when everyone else is probably avoiding him.
Since Washington wasn't among the players coach Sean McDermott listed as out or questionable for Thursday's preseason game in Philadelphia, we imagine the second-year lineman will be suiting up.
The former Raider had an impressive start to the game Thursday, nabbing both of his targets for 40 yards before being felled by the toe injury. The Bills did not disclose the severity of Streater's issue after the game, so his level of participation in practice in the coming days will be worth monitoring.
He missed some of the drills so apparently the starting DE isn't all the way back after missing Thursday's preseason opener, but it sounds as if the team has an eye on him being healthy soon.
Thomas is still relatively new to the position after being drafted by the Cardinals as a QB, but he offers a great target at 6-foot-6, plus he's a former Virginia Tech teammate of Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Being a No. 3 tight end in a run-heavy offense doesn't offer much to look at, but Nick O'Leary at No. 2 doesn't have much of a pro resume, and No. 1 Charles Clay has ongoing knee issues.
Tolbert looked great while ripping off a 15-yarder, showing some moves uncommon for a guy with his bowling ball size. No. 2 back Jonathan Williams looked even better (four carries for 39 yards), but also suffered a hamstring injury, something that merits watching because Tolbert might currently be the team's third-best option for rushes.
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 continues to miss practice time after sitting out the preseason opener. The Bills have a new offense they're trying to install and just traded Sammy Watkins to the Rams, so it'd be a big blow if they lost their starting left tackle for any length of time. The Bills would use rookie Dion Dawkins in Glenn's spot if it were to come to that, as veteran Seantrel Henderson has to serve a five-game suspension. That all said, the team still feels Glenn has a shot to be ready for Week 1.
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.
If nothing else, Seymour will provide an extra body for a secondary that recently lost Ronald Darby via trade and that's missing Shareece Wright (hand) for Monday's session. Since the Bills were able to pick up E.J. Gaines from the Rams as part of their flurry of transactions Friday, it's not expected that Seymour's standing on the depth chart will dramatically change, even if Gaines isn't immediately deployed with the first team in practices. Seymour still looks set to serve as a nickel or dime back in his second NFL campaign, though it's worth noting he was working with the top unit right away Monday, meaning he'll have an important role on this defense even if he does end up as a reserve corner.
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.
Holmes, currently listed as No. 2 option on the Bills' depth chart, was already reported to be having an unimpressive camp. With veteran Rod Streater and rookie Zay Jones already turning heads in practices, the addition of Boldin, who's proven to be a dependable red-zone target throughout his career, only further hurts Holmes' chances of maintaining his spot with the first-team offense. Even if Holmes is able to distinguish himself during the preseason and open the regular season as the second wideout behind Sammy Watkins, the Bills' run-heavy offense probably won't leave many targets to go around to Holmes, or any of the Bills' other secondary options in the pass game for that matter.
This is concerning for the Bills' already shaky secondary depth, considering Anderson had already spent a large chunk of the preseason on the PUP list with the foot ailment. He came off the PUP on Sunday and resumed practicing, but Anderson tweaked the injury while warming up for Thursday's game against the Eagles. Considering the aggravation of Anderson's injury comes just days after being activated, Thursday's development is especially unwelcome news.
McDonald is the all-time leader in interceptions (17) at the University of Houston who's only spent time with the Chargers since going undrafted in 2016. He'll look to look to secure a backup role with the Bills behind starting safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.
Vallejo is a rookie sixth-rounder who's adept at special teams, so we'll see if this hinders his quest to make the final roster.
With a clean sheet on Thursday, Miller seems to no longer be dealing with the ankle injury that had been plaguing him for some time. Miller is expected to be a key cog on the Buffalo offensive line this season.
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.
Matthews suffered chip fracture in his sternum shortly after being acquired by the Bills earlier this month. That injury prevented him from playing in Thursday's preseason loss to his former Eagles squad, but Matthews did return for individual drills over the weekend. While the wideout will look to amp up his workload in the days to come, it would be understandable if the Bills were reluctant to jeopardize his health by featuring him during the exhibition slate. Assuming that Matthews is back on the field for Week 1 or soon after, he'll project as Buffalo's top receiver this season, even though his injury has slowed his introduction to the team's offense.
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.