|Offense||29th||126.1 (7th)||176.6 (31st)|
|Defense||25th||124.6 (28th)||230.5 (20th)|
|33||Anderson, Colt (FA)||DB||5-10||195||10/25/1985||9||Montana|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||5||Florida State|
|66||Bodine, Russell||C||6-3||308||6/30/1992||5||North Carolina|
|20||Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||203||5/12/1987||8||South Carolina State|
|17||Butler, Jeremy (FA)||WR||6-2||213||4/22/1991||4||Tennessee-Martin|
|39||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||7||Appalachian State|
|7||Carter, Cory||P||5-11||220||3/5/1994||1||Texas Southern|
|56||Davis, Ryan (FA)||DE||6-2||260||2/24/1989||7||Bethune-Cookman|
|9||Davis, Tyler||K||5-10||192||9/29/1994||R||Penn State|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||RB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||7||South Carolina|
|49||Edmunds, Tremaine||LB||6-5||250||5/2/1998||R||Virginia Tech|
|35||Ford, Keith||RB||5-10||219||4/18/1994||R||Texas A&M|
|4||Hauschka, Stephen||K||6-4||210||6/29/1985||11||NC State|
|50||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||232||8/10/1987||10||North Dakota State|
|33||Ivory, Chris||RB||6-0||223||3/22/1988||9||Tiffin University|
|61||James, Josh||T||6-5||314||5/9/1993||1||Carroll (Mont.)|
|24||Johnson, Leonard (FA)||DB||5-10||194||3/30/1990||7||Iowa State|
|24||Johnson, Taron||CB||5-11||192||7/27/1996||R||Weber State|
|11||Jones, Zay||WR||6-2||200||3/30/1995||2||East Carolina|
|26||Jones, Taiwan||RB||6-0||195||7/26/1988||8||Eastern Washington|
|44||Lacey, Deon||LB||6-3||235||7/18/1990||2||West Alabama|
|88||Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||253||1/16/1992||4||Bowie State|
|97||Lewis, Marquavius||DE||6-3||270||10/11/1992||1||South Carolina|
|56||Love, Mike||DE||6-3||255||1/22/1994||R||South Florida|
|31||Marlowe, Dean||SAF||6-1||208||7/25/1992||3||James Madison|
|37||McCray, Kelcie||DB||6-2||202||9/21/1988||6||Arkansas State|
|58||Milano, Matt||LB||6-0||223||7/28/1994||2||Boston College|
|79||Mills, Jordan||T||6-5||316||12/24/1990||6||Louisiana Tech|
|29||Neal, Siran||SAF||6-0||206||8/4/1994||R||Jacksonville State|
|84||O'Leary, Nick||TE||6-3||252||8/31/1992||3||Florida State|
|48||Olstad, Zach||FB||5-11||245||12/6/1993||R||Winona State|
|5||Phillips, Cam||WR||6-0||201||12/16/1995||R||Virginia Tech|
|21||Poyer, Jordan||DB||6-0||191||4/25/1991||6||Oregon State|
|87||Proehl, Austin||WR||5-10||175||6/17/1996||R||North Carolina|
|15||Tate, Brandon (FA)||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||10||North Carolina|
|75||Teller, Wyatt||G||6-4||314||11/21/1994||R||Virginia Tech|
|82||Thomas, Logan||TE||6-6||250||7/1/1991||4||Virginia Tech|
|29||Thomas, Shamarko (FA)||DB||5-9||205||2/23/1991||6||Syracuse|
|52||Thompson, Corey||LB||6-1||222||12/23/1993||R||Louisiana State University - S|
|91||Thornton, Cedric (FA)||DT||6-4||290||6/21/1988||7||Southern Arkansas|
|35||Tolbert, Mike (FA)||RB||5-9||250||11/23/1985||11||Coastal Carolina|
|40||Vallejo, Tanner||LB||6-1||228||12/16/1994||2||Boise State|
|92||Washington, Adolphus||DT||6-4||295||11/24/1992||3||Ohio State|
|74||Wesley, De'Ondre||T||6-6||331||7/28/1992||3||Brigham Young|
|70||Wood, Eric (FA)||C||6-4||310||3/18/1986||10||Louisville|
|53||Woodson-Luster, Xavier||LB||6-1||219||8/6/1995||2||Arkansas State|
|67||de Beer, Gerhard||T||6-6||312||7/5/1994||R||Arizona|
|Green, Aaron (IR)||RB||5-11||206||10/15/1992||1||TCU|
The Bills play a style of defense where the nickel corner sees the field often, illustrated by last year's No. 3 guy, Leonard Johnson, (who wasn't re-signed) seeing the field for 61 percent of the defensive snaps. Gaines has never logged more than 44 tackles in a season, but he's also spent his entire career in a much different defense. Johnson totaled 53 tackles in the system in 2017.
McCray is a sixth-year safety who last spent time with Seattle during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He saw some playing time at safety when Kam Chancellor couldn't play but, other than that, has worked almost exclusively as a special-teams player. He's likely competing for a similar role with the Bills.
Lee didn't do enough in the preseason to convince the Lions to keep around a fourth tight end, but the 2015 undrafted free agent from Bowie State will do just that with the Bills, where he apparently sits behind Charles Clay, Nick O'Leary and Logan Thomas.
Towbridge went undrafted out of Lousiville last spring and then spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. He's since returned to the practice field, but Towbridge is buried on the depth chart and will need to be very impressive on special teams to stick around in Buffalo.
Clay, who was with the Bills for a portion of last season before landing with the Panthers, returns to Buffalo to provide the team's wideout corps with added depth behind Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Andre Holmes. Moreover, Clay can also contribute on special teams after returning 17 punts for 147 yards and a TD in nine games for Carolina in 2017.
Johnson is now an unrestricted free agent, though he's indicated he wants to stay with Buffalo and coach Sean McDermott, whom he played for when McDermott was the defensive coordinator in Carolina. Johnson served as an occasional starter when E.J. Gaines was working through various injuries, though at 28 and with an average skill set he's probably best suited as a No. 3 or No. 4 corner. That said, he's proven valuable to the Bills in that role.
Humber has spent the past two seasons in Buffalo, contributing on defense and special teams. Last season the veteran recorded nine starts, the most in a single season so far in his career, but eventually lost his starting role to rookie Matt Milano. Still, Humber managed to record a career-high 89 tackles (60 solo) to go along with one sack, one pass defensed and one forced fumble. Look for him to once again compete for a starting role during training camp, though for now Milano is the guy.
We'll see if the second-year player is able to get out on the field by the end of the practice week. Even with the Bills drafting Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in the first round, Milano is expected to have a starting role in 2018, with Edmunds the most likely 'Mike' candidate while Milano should start on the outside.
Odighizuwa, who the Giants took in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, was released by New York in August of 2017 after being handed a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy. The third-year defensive end recorded only six combined tackles during his two seasons with the Giants, but could benefit from the change of scenery Buffalo presents.
Borders has spent the season on the Raiders' practice squad, but he won't make his NFL debut with the Bills on Sunday given the limited time to prepare. If he does suit up in the last two games, the rookie figures to primarily play a special teams role with the club, while also providing depth in the secondary.
Benjamin burst onto the scene as a first-round rookie in 2014, catching 73 balls for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns, but it's been one injury after another since then. Even though he showed signs of promise following his trade from the Panthers last season, Benjamin struggled to gain separation from cornerbacks and only hit the 70-yard mark once in seven games with the Bills, including the team's playoff loss, where he was held to just nine yards. Benjamin's size and strength are right up there with any receiver in the league, so it'll be worth watching to see if he truly does have a burst back. While the Bills have a new offense without much talent and a major question mark as to who will be the starting quarterback, Benjamin will be the clear No. 1 wideout and could prove to be a sneaky source of value if the rest of our league is too spooked by his recent disappointments.
Jones has been sidelined for the final three weeks of the Bills' offseason program after requiring knee surgery in May, but McDermott's comments suggest the wideout is progressing from that procedure as anticipated. Jones also underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January, but that appears to be the lesser concern of the two injuries, given the longer amount of time he has had to recover from that setback. Assuming Jones is reasonably healthy by the time camp gets underway, he'll likely be the frontrunner to claim the starting wideout role opposite Kelvin Benjamin, given the underwhelming pool of challengers the Bills have on hand to push the 2017 second-round pick for snaps.
Dupre was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round last season but spent most of his time on the Bills' practice squad. His hamstring injury won't help his case for making the roster in 2018, but it doesn't appear to be severe and shouldn't keep him down for long.
Stanford served mainly as a reserve linebacker and special teams player for the Jets last season, logging only 92 snaps on defense. He'll likely fill a similar role for the Jets' division rivals in 2018.
The Bills cut Lacey just one day earlier to make room on the roster for waiver claim Tyrell Adams, but the team ended up reversing the transaction after Adams failed his physical. Lacey will thus stick around for the Bills as Sunday's matchup with the Buccaneers approaches, but he'll be limited to nothing more than a special teams role if he's active for that contest.
Davis played in all 16 games for the Bills in 2017, registering 26 tackles, including three sacks. Despite being reasonably productive with limited snaps, he was little more than a backup for the team and was slated to maintain that role in 2018. Now a free agent, he'll look to catch on elsewhere, although he'll likely be hard-pressed to find a starting opportunity.
Jones played 128 snaps on special teams and only three on offense in eight games for the Bills last season before a broken arm landed him on injured reserve. While unlikely to be part of the equation in the backfield, his contributions on special teams could help him stick around the roster as the No. 4 running back. Jones figures to recover from the broken arm before training camp, if he hasn't already.
Palepoi was suspended for Week 1 of last season before serving as a depth option on the Chargers' defensive line for the remaining 15 games. He racked up just 24 total tackles in Los Angeles in 2017 and will likely take on a limited defensive role once again in Buffalo this year.
Per ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, Cadet is recovering from the dislocated ankle he suffered on Christmas Eve faster than expected, and is already back to running at full speed. He'll likely still be limited at the offseason program, but it sounds as if he could reach full strength before training camp. Cadet will compete for a depth spot in a backfield that recently added Chris Ivory, potentially spelling LeSean McCoy on some passing downs. Cadet had 22 carries for 93 yards and 13 receptions for 93 yards on 16 targets in six games with the Bills last season.
Wood announced his intention to retire due to a neck injury earlier in the offseason, but he still remained on the Bills roster until Thursday as he continued with rehab. Now a free agent, the veteran center could sign with another club, though that would be a shocking turn of events.
The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst per-return average in his lengthy NFL career. The latter ranked him last among the 12 NFL players with enough attempts to qualify on the league's special teams leaderboard. Tate, who's been in the league since 2009, is now an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the Bills will let him go and look for something a little more youthful with more upside in the return game. The receiver-needy Bills could also use someone that fills the spot as a return specialist while also offering a better potential than Tate for offensive duty.
Considering the difficult location he kicks in, Hausch Money was exactly that all season, making 29 of 33 field-goal attempts and all 29 of his extra-point tries while setting the team record for most 50-plus yard makes (seven) in a season. That accuracy led him to the No. 15 spot among fantasy kickers for the campaign with 116 points, impressive considering the Bills struggled offensively all season. While the team will be undergoing some changes this offseason in an attempt to get its offense, and more specifically their passing game, up to snuff, Buffalo is thrilled with Hauschka's first campaign and his job as about as secure as they come in his field.
Williams is enough of a veteran that he could probably go the entire week without practicing and still play capably Sunday. With his career winding down and without a single playoff game on his fine resume, there's no way Williams is missing Week 16.
Hughes played 48 of 71 defensive snaps, which has become roughly the norm as the Bills take him off the field in certain run situations. The five-tackle game represents Hughes' season high, and while his 37 tackles over 13 games is decent for a defensive end, the 3.0 sacks is disappointing for a guy who many assumed would make a run at double digits.
The 29-year-old was on the open market for only a few days after the Cowboys cut ties with him when a hamstring injury sidelined him for much of training camp. Buffalo's decision to bring Thornton aboard suggests he's reasonably healthy now, but it's not expected that he'll see many snaps this season behind the dominant defensive tackle tandem of Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams.
Marlowe is now free from injured reserve and can sign with another team.
During the Bills' wild-card loss at Jacksonville, Hyde entered the concussion protocol, but a head injury wasn't the reason he didn't appear in his first potential Pro Bowl. Since joining the Bills in March 2017, he tended to a hip issue in training camp and a knee concern at times during the regular season, so an array of injuries may have been the impetus for the absence. With his health restored, Hyde will aim to build upon a career campaign in which he posted 82 tackles and five interceptions while playing 96.1 percent of the team's defensive snaps.
McCoy, who participated in minicamp last week after missing part of OTAs with an illness, will turn 30 years old in July and currently ranks fourth in career carries among active running backs. Critics point to his career-low 4.0 YPC from 2017 as the beginning of the end for McCoy, but one needs to keep in mind that he also handled the third-heaviest workload of his career last season as the centerpiece of a Buffalo offense that finished second-to-last in passing yards per game. Along the way, McCoy continued to display his trademark burst with 12 carries of 20-plus yards, the second-most he has recorded in nine NFL seasons. With Buffalo skipping on drafting a running back in a loaded rookie class, all signs point to McCoy continuing as a workhorse in 2018, with only the newly signed Chris Ivory a legitimate threat to steal carries. With that said, McCoy's efficiency probably won't see much improvement given the questionable state of the team's passing attack and offensive line.
Starter Charles Clay is almost certain to be back for another season as well, so that leaves the pecking order pretty much the same as last season, with Clay, O'Leary and Logan Thomas as the top three guys heading into summer. The Bills are expected to address other needs instead of taking a top tight end in the upcoming draft, though it also wouldn't be a surprise if they added one in the middle or late rounds.
Butler's concussion he suffered early in the preseason essentially cost him any shot at making the Bills' final roster.
Bush was rarely summoned on defense in 2017, as he made most of his contributions on special teams. The 30-year-old safety will likely have a similar role with the Bills since Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are both established in the secondary.
The Bills have already been using McCarron and Peterman as the primary signal-callers for the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp, with rookie first-round pick Josh Allen seeing only mixing in occasionally with the top group. Given Buffalo's decision to trade up to the seventh overall pick to select Allen, it would be surprising if he didn't see the field at some point in 2018, but for the time being, it appears McCarron and Peterman have the edge on entering Week 1 under center. According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com, Peterman has impressed during the spring and has outplayed McCarron in minicamp, but Peterman's dismal showing in five appearances as a rookie -- including one in relief of the since-departed Tyrod Taylor in the Bills' playoff loss to the Jaguars -- probably carries more weight with the Buffalo brass than his solid offseason program.
Clay was able to overcome an in-game hamstring injury and finish out the contest. His catch total was a team high, but his middling 5.0 YPC spoke to the minimal impact he had overall. The modest numbers represent an underwhelming finish to a strong season for Clay, one that saw him bring in 49 of 74 targets for 558 yards and two touchdowns while fumbling once over 13 games.
It's unlikely Washington receives any punishment from the league office either.
Streater hasn't been on the fantasy radar since 2013, when he tallied 888 yards and four touchdowns with the Raiders. The Bills really liked him last summer, where he had a shot at a starting job until the injury did him in. With Kelvin Benjamin the only sure thing in the Buffalo receiving corps, Streater has a good shot at landing one of the 3-4-5 spots, and he could work his way up to as high as No. 2 if Zay Jones continues to disappoint.
It's make or break for Lawson in year three, as the defensive end has struggled to stay on the field the past two seasons. He enters this year with a new mindset, as he is on the bubble to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The former first-round pick has six sacks across his first two years in the league.
Lotulelei, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, played under current Bills head coach Sean McDermott from 2013 through 2016, while McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. While Lotulelei isn't much of an IDP factor, having logged 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 16 starts for Carolina last season, the 6-foot-2, 315-pounder is a capable run-stuffer, who will provide the Bills defense with a needed upgrade in that area.
While there is no specific timetable on the surgery Thomas was forced to undergo, the Bills likely won't be looking to force him back into action any time soon. Thomas is expected to enter the 2018 season as a depth option at tight end after posting seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown across 12 games in Buffalo last year.
With regular starter Ryan Kelly (foot) set to make his season debut Sunday against the 49ers and reenter the starting lineup, the Colts no longer had a need for an extra center on the roster. Redmond will be eligible to sign with any team or practice squad upon clearing waivers.
Tolbert is a backup at best at this stage of his career, and even though his career traces back with coach Sean McDermott to Carolina, his production may have lacked enough (247 rushing yards, 3.7 yards per carry, one touchdown) that the Bills might be looking for more in the No. 2 and No. 3 running back spots, especially with starter LeSean McCoy soon crossing over the other side of 30. We'll see if the team gives him one more go-round, or if Tolbert is forced to find a specialty role with another franchise.
McCoy is far from 100 percent, so there's still a chance he can't gut it through the entire game and a number of carries and short catches end up falling to Murphy, who totaled 48 yards from scrimmage in Week 17. However, given that Mike Tolbert is also in the mix and that McCoy plans to give it a full go, Murphy's role is more likely to be minimal.
With Shaq Lawson placed on injured reserve, Yarbrough is in line to start at defensive tackle along with veteran Kyle Williams, though Ryan Davis will be sprinkled in for certain packages.
Murphy missed the entire 2017 season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in August, so this isn't a surprise. The free-agent signee is expected to boost the Bills' pass rush in 2018, an area that became an eyesore in 2017 amid some otherwise good things on an improved defense. The team is big on rotating defenders, so the plan seems to be to use a combination of Murphy, Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson as the main outside pass rushers. Murphy did log nine sacks on top of 47 tackles in 16 games with Washington in 2016, though those type of numbers might be tough to reproduce given that he's likely to sit in certain packages and is also coming off a major injury.
Poyer tied a season-high with 75 defensive snaps Sunday and recorded his first interception since Week 5. He now has 87 tackles (61 solo) through 13 games this season, which is easily a career-high. He'll look to add to his season-total Sunday against the Patriots.
The Texans brought Carter in for added competition, but they opted for veteran Shane Lechler as their starter.
As part of the Bills' initiative to revamp its offensive line, the team has agreed to a one-year deal with Newhouse. The 29-year-old will bring with him a tremendous amount of NFL experience and could be a starter at one of the tackle spots for the season opener.
The only sure thing in Buffalo's receiving corps is that Kelvin Benjamin is top dog; after that anything can happen in Brian Daboll's new offense. Zay Jones is presumably in line to earn the No. 2 job if he can get past his rookie and offseason struggles. The two other veterans in the mix -- Rod Streater and Andre Holmes -- would likely have greater benefit in an outside role, leaving Kerley as the leading candidate for now unless the Bills decide to try Jones in more of a slot role. Kerley's chances of making the team appear strong with all that in mind, especially once you factor in his return skills, something else the Bills have a need for.
The Bills really made out in trading down with Kansas City and still getting a guy who looks like he could be an elite corner for years to come. White has a legitimate case for both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year, though the competition for both will be pretty close. The secondary was the Bills' best overall unit on both sides of the ball in 2017, and three or all four starters should be back next season. White will assume his spot as the No. 1 corner no matter what else the Bills do this offseason.
Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth a maximum of $6 million, including $3.25 million guaranteed in the first year. Ivory was released by the Jaguars in February after two seasons of a five-year, $32 million contract. He averaged only 3.6 yards on 229 carries and lost five fumbles in his two seasons in Jacksonville, ultimately finishing his tenure as a healthy scratch for Week 17 and the playoffs. Ivory did at least display some ability to contribute on passing downs, something that wasn't a major part of his repertoire in New Orleans or New York. Set to turn 30 later in March, he should have the inside track for the top backup job behind LeSean McCoy. The Bills now seem less likely to re-sign Mike Tolbert.
Davis, one of Buffalo's bigger offseason signings, is expected to start at cornerback across from Tre'Davious White.
During preseason 2017, Holmes endured neck spasms in the latter stages but didn't miss time until the stretch run of the campaign. Before his placement on injured reserve Dec. 26 due to a "stiff" neck, he only corralled one of four targets while averaging 17.3 offensive snaps per game across his final six appearances. Even so, Holmes' season-ending stat line of 13-120-3 on 23 targets was uninspiring, to say the least. Beyond Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Jeremy Kerley are better bets than Holmes to earn consistent reps in 2018, when the Bills likely will be trotting out AJ McCarron under center for the bulk of the year.
The Bills have done some roster shuffling in the defensive backfield, with Colt Anderson being moved to IR and Robert Blanton being released, while Thomas and fellow Tuesday signee Trae Elston will apparently compete for depth looks or special teams action.
Allen is perhaps a little less pro ready than Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, so it's just as likely the Bills let McCarron steer the ship for a while while the big-armed Wyoming product learns the NFL game. However, Bills GM Branden Beane clearly expects Allen to be the team's long-term answer at quarterback, while McCarron never seemed to be that guy when the Bills signed him to a modest two-year, $10 million deal in the later stages of free agency. At the very least, coach Sean McDermott is a big believer in open competition, and McCarron has the leg up on experience and running a pro offense. If McCarron doesn't win the starting job, it'll be a first in the modern football era -- no team has ever drafted a quarterback in the first round following a playoff appearance and started the new guy in Week 1.
Anderson appeared in just five contests throughout the regular season with the Bills, so his potential absence wouldn't have much of an impact on the team's defense.
Dawkins did not practice Wednesday due to an illness, but it looks like he's put that behind him and should be a full go for Sunday's matchup in Kansas City.
Fede, a 2014 seventh-round pick, has spent the past four years as a rotational pass rusher with the Dolphins. He'll presumably serve in a similar role in Buffalo and remains far off the IDP radar. Fede has only one career sack to his name and has never topped 16 tackles in any season.
Mills was able to log a full practice Friday after appearing in limited fashion earlier this week, so he'll be good to start at right tackle in the wild-card round.
Even though he's healthy, the rookie linebacker will be hard-pressed to find playing time behind Lorenzo Alexander and Ramon Humber, who combined for 18 tackles in Week 1. Expect to see Vallejo on special teams and select defensive packages.
Miller hasn't seen game action since Week 4 but appears to be clear of the lingering ankle injury. The 24-year-old started the first four games of the season, but it's unclear what role he'll return to since he has not seen the field in almost three months.
DiMarco's availability comes as no surprise as he was deemed likely to play heading into the weekend. He could see a slight uptick in snaps with Mike Tolbert (hamstring) sidelined, though LeSean McCoy and Travaris Cadet figure to lead the backfield in touches.
After coming out of nowhere to produce 12.5 sacks in his first season with the Bills in 2016 at age 33, Alexander took a step back in 2017 as he was used more in run defense under a new scheme compared to his pass-rushing ways in 2016. However, he was still an effective contributor with 74 tackles (59 solo), three sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games. The linebacker remains under contract through the 2018 season, and given his reasonable $3.4 million cap hit, it would be surprising if the Bills cut him during the offseason. That being said, Alexander could end up ceding more frequent snaps to the team's younger reserve linebackers as the Bills -- assuming they want him back -- try to keep him as fresh and effective as possible.
Woodson-Luster, an undrafted rookie out of Arkansas State, originally signed with the Raiders in May, but didn't survive roster cuts this past weekend. However, the team has since placed two players on injured reserve, creating an opening for Woodson-Luster to join the 53-man roster.
It still isn't clear what sort of injury Green is dealing with. In any case, he'll now become a free agent, assuming he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Pitts spent the first seven weeks of the season as a special teams contributor for the Jaguars prior to being waived Tuesday. The 25-year-old will likely take on a similar role in Buffalo.