|Offense||29th||126.1 (7th)||176.6 (31st)|
|Defense||25th||124.6 (28th)||230.5 (20th)|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||5||Florida State|
|39||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||7||Appalachian State|
|Carter, Cory||P||5-11||220||3/5/1994||1||Texas Southern|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||RB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||7||South Carolina|
|4||Hauschka, Stephen||K||6-4||210||6/29/1985||11||NC State|
|66||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||331||1/21/1992||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|50||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||232||8/10/1987||10||North Dakota State|
|James, Josh||T||6-5||314||5/9/1993||1||Carroll (Mont.)|
|24||Johnson, Leonard||DB||5-10||194||3/30/1990||7||Iowa State|
|11||Jones, Zay||WR||6-2||200||3/30/1995||2||East Carolina|
|7||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|
|Lewis, Marquavius||DL||6-3||270||10/11/1992||1||South Carolina|
|Marlowe, Dean||SAF||6-1||208||7/25/1992||3||James Madison|
|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|
|84||O'Leary, Nick||TE||6-3||252||8/31/1992||3||Florida State|
|21||Poyer, Jordan||DB||6-0||191||4/25/1991||6||Oregon State|
|15||Tate, Brandon||WR||6-1||195||10/5/1987||10||North Carolina|
|5||Taylor, Tyrod||QB||6-1||215||8/3/1989||8||Virginia Tech|
|82||Thomas, Logan||QB||6-6||250||7/1/1991||4||Virginia Tech|
|91||Thornton, Cedric||DT||6-4||290||6/21/1988||7||Southern Arkansas|
|35||Tolbert, Mike||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|
|Wesley, De'Ondre||T||6-6||331||7/28/1992||3||Brigham Young|
|Woodson-Luster, Xavier||LB||6-1||219||8/6/1995||2||Arkansas State|
|20||Wright, Shareece||DB||5-11||184||4/8/1987||8||Southern California|
His performance on the field was even better than the box score -- in the 11 games Gaines was fit to play, the Bills were one of the league's tougher teams to pass against. The ex-Ram and rookie Tre'Davious White formed a tandem that far exceeded anyone's initial expectations, with the only buzzkill being that Gaines seemed to be battling one injury or another most of the season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the team may not keep him with several other more pressing needs to fill, but it'd be a big score if the Bills could re-sign Gaines and keep what became an excellent starting secondary completely intact.
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.
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 had three double-digit tackle games this season, but he missed three games due to minor thumb surgery and hasn't been the same player since returning. Milano, meanwhile, has far outperformed his fifth-round status, so the Bills will keep ceding more time to the younger player.
Milano, who suffered a hamstring injury during the Bills' regular-season finale, was unable to practice this week as he continues to heal. The starting linebacker will be replaced by Ramon Humber, who started nine games earlier in the season.
With top defensive end Shaq Lawson (ankle) landing on injured reserve Tuesday, the Bills will bring in Capi to add depth to the defensive line. He likely won't play much of a role in this final stretch of the regular season.
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.
Per the Buffalo News, it's a procedure that carries a 4-to-6 week recovery period, which allows Benjamin ample time to be ready for action by the time the Bills take the field again. In 14 games (eight with Carolina and six with Buffalo) this past season, the 6-foot-5 wideout logged 48 catches on 78 targets for 692 yards and three TDs. Assuming he enters the 2018 campaign in good health, and addressing his balky knee with his upcoming procedure should aid his cause in that regard, Benjamin is a bounce-back candidate next season. At this stage, it's difficult to get a good read on his fantasy upside, however, with his team likely to continue re-tooling its passing attack. Specifically, there could be a change at QB, with Tyrod Taylor not a lock to be retained by the Bills, according to ESPN.com.
There's still a mystery as to how much this affected Jones during his first NFL season, as his father posted last week that Jones played through pain all year, while the Bills reportedly never treated Jones for a labrum injury during the season and supposedly discovered that the issue needed surgery during a season-ending examination. Nonetheless, the surgery has been performed and Jones will likely be in good health by the time the serious offseason happenings come. If you're an optimist, you'll look at Jones as a good buy-low option with room to grow after coming off a season with a possible injury hindrance, poor quarterback play, unimaginative play calling, and his own struggles with a new offense.
Officially, Brown tied with Cleveland's Joe Schobert and Green Bay's Blake Martinez. Brown almost never accrues meaningful numbers in other areas, as his career high in sacks is one (2016 season) and interceptions is two (2015). However, he's as steady as they come in the tackle world, with 109 or better in all four of his NFL seasons. Brown is about to be an unrestricted free agent, and even though he lacks elite speed or athleticism, coach Sean McDermott loves this type of player and it'd be a bit of a shock if the Bills let him get away.
A seventh-round pick of the Packers in April, Dupre failed to earn a roster spot out of training camp after suffering a concussion in the preseason opener. The wideout landed on the Bills' practice squad soon thereafter and will now join the 53-man roster after Andre Holmes (neck) was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. If Dupre suits up for the season finale Sunday in Miami, don't expect him to receive many snaps on offense.
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.
We don't think Davis will see a full log of plays like a normal starter would, as Lorenzo Alexander can be used to rush the passer on downs he'd normally sit. Still, it's a nice development for the journeyman Davis, who's now with his third NFL team.
Unsurprisingly, Jones has been placed on IR after being lost for the season due to a broken arm. As a result, the Bills signed Travaris Cadet, who most recently played for the Jets, to bolster their backfield.
Cadet dislocated his right ankle in Sunday's loss to the Patriots and will undergo surgery Wednesday to address the matter, so his move to injured reserve was anticipated. Marcus Murphy was promoted to the active roster in a corresponding move and checks in as the third-string running back behind LeSean McCoy and Mike Tolbert.
It isn't clear when or how Wood hurt his neck, but Schefter notes that the 31-year-old's injury is partly due to "wear and tear." His loss represents a big blow to the Bills' offense as Wood has been an integral cog along the offensive line since Buffalo drafted him in the first round of the 2009 draft.
The big test of what the Bills aim to do will come in March, when is due to receive a $6 million roster bonus. Taylor says he hasn't spoken with the team since the Bills' final game of the season, a playoff loss at Jacksonville. He was a key part in taking the team to its first playoff appearance since the 1999 season, yet his limitations were also exposed at various points throughout the season. The Bills may be the NFL team with the most options for a starting quarterback situation next season, though the situation is entirely up in the air and elite play at the position seems to be a long way off for the franchise. Buffalo could roll with Taylor for another season, or turn to youngster Nathan Peterman -- who saw snaps in 2017 to very mixed results -- or make a bid at someone like Kirk Cousins on the free-agent market, or finally, use one of it's two first-round picks and go with an immediate starter.
The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst yards per return in his NFL career. The latter all ranked 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 little more 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 was the heart and soul of the Bills' surprising run to the playoffs and can still play at a high level, but there's a lot of wear and tear on his body after all this time in the league, plus there's something to be said for finally reaching the playoffs and helping the team snap a 17-season drought. It seems unlikely he'd start fresh with a new team, so we'll see if he wants to come back for one more go-round with Sean McDermott's process.
Hughes was expected to thrive in new coach Sean McDermott's defense, but even though he was healthy and played a full 16-game slate for the sixth straight season, the big numbers never happened. The four sacks is the lowest he's had in five seasons with the Bills, and the same goes for his tackle total. He's still under contract with the team and didn't seem to end up in McDermott's doghouse at any point, so with the Bills lacking in pass rushers it would seem they'll bring Hughes back and hope he can perform better with a better grasp of the defense. Hughes' athleticism isn't the problem -- on the rare big plays he did make he looked as fast and strong as ever.
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.
There haven't been any reported setbacks on Hyde in his concussion recovery, but by rule he was ineligible for the showcase event based on the timing between his injury in the Bills' playoff loss and the season's final medical check. We assume Hyde will be fine by the time spring practices roll around.
McCoy was in impressive form in the postseason battle, making an notably quick recovery from the ankle injury that befell him in the Week 17 playoff-clinching win over the Dolphins. The multi-time Pro Bowler ripped off a game-long 25-yard run and added a 16-yard catch among his six grabs, serving as his team's most consistent offensive weapon on the afternoon. However, the 29-year-old wasn't able to put it all on his shoulders, and Tyrod Taylor's head injury on the final drive made Buffalo's already steep chances of driving down the field for a touchdown even smaller. McCoy finishes his third Bills season with 287 rushes for 1,138 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and six touchdowns along with 50 receptions on 57 targets for 356 yards and another score, all over 16 regular-season games.
All of those figures were career highs, though they still kept O'Leary off the radar of most leagues. The new coaching staff seems to like him and wasn't afraid to give him regular looks when starter Charles Clay was out with a knee injury for a spell, though O'Leary still seems best suited as an NFL backup. Even if by the small chance Clay isn't brought back for 2018, the team would be more likely to put a bigger passing threat in the starter's role and ride O'Leary as the backup for another season.
Wright sustained a concussion in Week 16 against the Patriots and is yet to return to practice. Leonard Johnson played a season-high 64 snaps in Wright's absence last week against the Dolphins and should again be primed for an elevated workload as a depth and nickel player.
Butler's concussion he suffered early in the preseason essentially cost him any shot at making the Bills' final roster.
Peterman was pressed into duty when Taylor was hurt on the Bills' final drive. To his credit, he provided immediate results despite drawing the proverbial short straw in terms of game script, as he immediately was forced to scramble under heavy pressure with Buffalo's season on the line on a 4th-and-3 from their own 44. Peterman was able to get just enough for a first down and held on to the ball after momentarily losing the handle as he went to the ground. Following an impressive 14-yard connection with Deonte Thompson on the next play, however, matters began to derail for the rookie. He was whistled for intentional grounding on 2nd down and then saw another pass intended for Thompson get knocked in the air and intercepted by Jalen Ramsey on the following snap, a controversial play that survived instant replay review. In his defense, the 23-year-old was ill prepared experience-wise for such a critical postseason game situation, and in spot duty no less. He'll finish his first pro season having completed 24 of 49 passes for 252 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions, as well having logged seven rushes for 23 yards, numbers generated across four regular-season games.
Webb dealt with an ankle injury throughout the week, leading to his questionable tag entering Sunday's game. Though he's active, he's unlikely to see any game action unless both Tyrod Taylor and Nathan Peterman were to go down with injury.
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 impressed the Bills' coaching staff in training camp but hurt his toe in August and was let go prior to the season opener with an injury settlement. Although his career has largely gone downhill since his breakout 2013 campaign with the Raiders when he caught 60 passes for 888 yards and four scores, Streater has a legitimate shot to earn a roster spot with Buffalo if he can avoid the injury bug.
Lawson was carted to the locker room but was still designated questionable to return. There has been no further information available on the injury at this point.
The converted quarterback did see the field for 33 percent of the offensive plays, but with O'Leary about to return to practice this week, Thomas could be relegated to No. 3 and mostly a special teams role.
Because Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle) has been ruled out, Henderson is the next man up if left tackle Dion Dawkins is injured Sunday. Henderson will also see the field on occasions when the Bills use six offensive linemen.
Ngakoue accused Incognito of using a racial slur during the game, though Incognito's teammates on the field said they never hear the veteran say another derogatory toward the Jacksonville player other than typical trash talk. The league is still looking into the incident, though Incognito says he thinks it is behind both players and another source said the NFL is ready to move on without disciplinary action. A simple misunderstanding would all be good news for the Bills, who have several holes to fill during the offseason and just lost starting center Eric Wood, who will have to retire due to neck problems.
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.
Coach Sean McDermott was upbeat about the procedure and says Glenn is on schedule to fully participate during the start of the offseason conditioning program in April. There's been some thought the team might move on from Glenn and his hefty contract given the solid substitute left tackle play of rookie Dion Dawkins, though the flip side of the coin is that the Bills would have quite the impressive offensive line heading into 2018 if Glenn is indeed healthy and they found a way to use both Glenn and Dawkins.
Now that's some serious production the Bills (and IDP owners) received after signing Poyer as a free agent following three seasons from Cleveland. His numbers put him second among all safeties in IDP production, and with Poyer locked into a starting spot with the same defense and same coaching staff next season, he'll be a high pick when defensive players start getting selected.
The Texans brought Carter in for added competition, but they opted for veteran Shane Lechler as their starter.
The Bills really made out in trading down with Kansas City and still getting a guy that 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 mater what else the Bills do this offseason.
It looks like the neck soreness that sidelined Holmes for Sunday's 37-16 loss to the Patriots was set to keep him sidelined for the season finale against the Dolphins, so the Bills decided to shut the veteran wideout down. With 12 receptions for 113 yards and three scores over the Bills' first eight games, Holmes held a key complementary role in first half of the season, but he was largely phased out of the offense over the past two months. Over his past six outings before the injury, Holmes was targeted just four times, catching one ball for seven yards.
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.
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.
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.
Matthews revealed the news on his personal Twitter account, posting a photo of his left knee in a heavy brace and his right ankle in a boot. It's unclear how lengthy of a recovery timeline Matthews will face for either injury, but neither surgery is expected to delay his start to the 2018 campaign. Matthews will head into free agency for the first time in his career after a disappointing, injury-plagued season with the Bills.
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.
Thompson's yardage total -- albeit very modest -- served as the second-highest on the team during an afternoon where both passing games were largely stuck in neutral for the majority of four quarters. The veteran wideout was also the target on Nathan Peterman's season-ending interception. A pickup ahead of Week 6 following his release by the Bears, the 28-year-old was afforded the most extensive playing time of his career and responded with personal bests in receptions (27), targets (51), and receiving yards (430) across 11 games in a Bills uniform. With the team's depth at the position relatively thin, Thompson could conceivably make a 2018 return to Buffalo.
Green, a second-year product out of TCU, didn't log any NFL action in 2017 but finished the campaign on the Bills' practice squad. He'll now join Buffalo for offseason workouts with the hopes of sticking around in the organization through training camp, though he'll face an uphill battle to crack the 53-man roster.
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.