|Offense||24th||129.5 (8th)||162.5 (27th)|
|Defense||2nd||57.5 (5th)||177.0 (8th)|
|22||Banyard, Joe||RB||5-10||221||11/12/1988||5||Texas-El Paso|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||FB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||6||South Carolina|
|4||Hauschka, Stephen||K||6-4||210||6/29/1985||10||NC State|
|50||Humber, Ramon||OLB||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|
|7||Jones, Taiwan||RB||6-0||195||7/26/1988||7||Eastern Washington|
|44||Lacey, Deon||LB||6-3||235||7/18/1990||1||West Alabama|
|88||Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||253||1/16/1992||3||Bowie State|
|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|
|21||Poyer, Jordan||FS||6-0||191||4/25/1991||5||Oregon State|
|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|
|91||Thornton, Cedric||DT||6-4||290||6/21/1988||6||Southern Arkansas|
|35||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|
|92||Washington, Adolphus||DE||6-4||295||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|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|
|17||Butler, Jeremy (IR)||WR||6-2||213||4/22/1991||3||Tennessee-Martin|
|89||Towbridge, Keith (IR)||TE||6-5||262||5/21/1995||R||Louisville|
|Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|97||Lewis, Marquavius||DT||6-3||270||10/11/1992||R||South Carolina|
|Vigil, Zach||LB||6-2||238||3/28/1991||3||Utah State|
|Wesley, De'Ondre||T||6-6||331||7/28/1992||3||Brigham Young|
|66||Henderson, Seantrel||T||6-7||331||1/21/1992||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|19||Powell, Walt||WR||6-0||189||11/23/1991||3||Murray State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
This essentially confirms that Gaines will be able to play Sunday after leaving Week 1's contest early with a shoulder injury. Expect him to be declared as a full go once Sunday rolls around.
Mabin was dropped in order to make room for linebacker Jelani jenkins. The rookie was on the roster for cornerback depth and special teams. He's a likely candidate to land on the practice squad.
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.
There wasn't any indication that Dareus was troubled by an ankle issue during the Bills' 9-3 loss to the Panthers in Week 2, but for at least the time being, the injury will put his availability into question for the Week 3 matchup with the Broncos. If Dareus is able to get back on the practice field within the next two days, the Bills will probably feel more optimistic about his chances of suiting up Sunday.
The deal is a bit of a surprise considering the Bills already had tough choices to make in their receiving corps. The new Buffalo brass has obviously liked what they previously saw from Clay, who has yet to catch an NFL pass, as he jumped around the NFL in his brief career to date. At the very least, Clay gives the Bills some extra help as a return man to go with Brandon Tate.
Johnson's questionable status was likely precautionary since it was reported Friday that he was expected to play. He isn't expected to be limited and should see his normal role as a backup corner.
Humber has been blanketing the field through the first two games of the season, as his 23 total tackles this year already surpass his 17 from last season. A contributor on both defense and special teams, Humber combined for 75 total reps on Sunday.
Built more like a safety than a linebacker at 6-feet, 223 pounds, Milano was a disruptive player at Boston College but generally has the look of a special teams type in the NFL.
This will be the second straight game Worthy misses. Adolphus Washington and Cedric Thornton will continue to work as the Bills' depth defensive tackles until Worthy can clear concussion protocol.
It was the last target that could have changed the Bills' fortunes, as the rookie couldn't come up with a Tyrod Taylor fourth-down pass on the final drive that would have put the team near the goal line in a 9-3 defeat. The pass wasn't perfect, but it was one Jones could have reeled in. To his credit, he took the blame. Jones' output is certainly disappointing through his first two NFL games given his starting status, as he has just three catches for 39 yards.
Brown played all 69 defensive snaps and even put in some overtime with five special teams plays. While the seven-tackle output was better than his poor Week 1 showing of just three tackles, Brown is starting to get behind his usual 120-ish tackle pace. That can change quickly, however, especially as Brown gets his sea legs under him with the new defense.
A 2011 fourth-round pick, Jones has mostly played special teams to this point in his career, taking 44 carries for 183 yards and catching 17 passes for 240 yards in 66 career games. He'd likely be at the bottom of the pecking order even if McCoy were to suffer an injury.
Taylor threw for just 125 yards as his struggles to help produce victories on the road continue. But the Bills couldn't run the ball either -- LeSean McCoy was held to just nine yards -- and Taylor was just one throw away from turning the game around and providing an upset for a team whose defense played its heart out. McDermott suggested it's the offensive game plan that needs refining, not a change of quarterback. The Bills have started out the season looking stronger than expected, but it's also a rebuilding year so expect the cries for rookie Nathan Peterman to grow if the offense struggles to score points in future games.
The Bills chose to use Kaelin Clay in the returner role, possibly because Clay came over from the Panthers and coach Sean McDermott thought he'd have better knowledge of how to bust one against his former team. In reality, this was kind of a strange decision, as Tate is one of the league's better return men and has performed well in his 16 games with the Bills. Since Clay didn't do much in the game besides mishandling a punt, we'd expect Tate to be handling the return duties again in short order.
After missing a 46-yard field goal, his lone attempt, in the team's season opener, Hauschka converted on a 45-yard kick in Week 2. He is now 1-of-2 on the season and will look for more opportunities in Sunday's contest against Broncos.
Williams missed practice time last week due to personal reasons, but there shouldn't be any concern over his Week 1 availability now that he's back in the fold with no injuries of note.
Hughes has been a good fit for first-year head coach Sean McDermott's new 4-3 defense from the day they instituted it. He posted back-to-back 10-sack seasons for the Bills when the team ran a 4-3 scheme, then struggled -- like a lot of his teammates did -- in Rex Ryan's defense the last two seasons, posting five and six sacks, respectively. Based on the way Hughes has put pressure on the quarterback the first two games, it's looking like he'll end up being a sneaky IDP choice.
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.
The new-look secondary played well in this one, with Hyde and fellow safety starter Jordan Poyer doing a nice job in the secondary. That said, it was against Josh McCown, who's now 2-21 in his last 23 starts, so things will get a little more challenging when the Bills travel to Carolina this week. Hyde and Poyer were two of four Bills who played every defensive snap.
McCoy has been nicked up through the first two regular-season games, but it's nothing that will threaten his availability for this week's game against Denver, where he'll try to bounce back from one of the worst outings of his career. McCoy rushed for just nine yards on 12 totes in the loss to Carolina.
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 has two competitors for the open second starting corner spot -- rookie Tre'Davious White will get the first. Kevon Seymour sat out the contest with a shoulder injury, while E.J. Gaines was said to have an equally strong game.
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.
Butler's concussion he suffered early in the preseason essentially cost him any shot at making the Bills' final roster.
Tyrod Taylor (concussion) looks like he's going to be ready for Week 1, but Peterman is making some observers think he could be the team's quarterback of the future. He'll enter the season as the clear No. 2 option at the position after having passed up veteran T.J. Yates (concussion), and if Taylor struggles early, there could be some calls for the rookie to play from a fan base looking for something fresh and new.
Lee had five tackles and two sacks during Houston's preseason games.
The new Buffalo brass came over from Carolina and it has familiarity with Webb, who was just released by the Panthers over the weekend. Him staying is no sure thing, as the Bills have two quarterbacks -- Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates -- who will eventually return from concussions. The Bills could decide to keep Webb over Yates as the third QB, hower.
Wednesday limitations could well become the norm for Clay, though at this stage we suspect it's simply a case of the team managing the veteran tight end's practice reps with an eye toward keeping him healthy for the long haul in mind. Such a notion would be reinforced by his full return to practice Thursday.
It's unlikely Washington receives any punishment from the league office either.
Lawson was lifted early in the Bills' loss to the Panthers in Week 2 with the injury, but coach Sean McDermott didn't seem overly worried about the defensive end's health. McDermott labeled Lawson's injury as a day-to-day issue, and is encouraged the second-year player will be able to practice in some capacity later this week. Through the Bills' first two contests, Lawson has tallied tackles and one sack.
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 does most of his damage in the red zone as a goal-line vulture, but the Bills didn't pass midfield until the first minute of the third quarter and only incurred as deep as the Panthers' 27-yard line in Week 2. As a result, his bull-dozing style didn't come into play against the organization that employed him the past five seasons. With the similarly staunch Broncos coming to town next Sunday, Tolbert will likely find the going tough for the second game in a row.
The Bills' run game suffered with Glenn sitting most of Sunday's contest, and the team will be forced to use rookie Dion Dawkins at left tackle if Glenn can't rally for this week's game against Denver. That would present a big drop-off for those backing the Buffalo run game against an already tough Broncos defense.
That's Poyer's second straight week with a sack, and he now has 14 stops on the season to go with five passes defensed and an interception. Barring injury, he won't leave the field as Buffalo's free safety and should continue to put up IDP-worthy numbers. His first year in the Bills' defense seems to be suiting his style of play well.
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 was removed from Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Panthers with an arm/shoulder injury, but it apparently isn't anything that warrants concern moving forward. Serving as Buffalo's No. 3 wideout, he's caught three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown on five targets while logging 73 offensive snaps through two weeks. A nightmare matchup with the 'No Fly Zone' secondary won't help matters.
It looks like the depth safety will be available for the Week 1 matchup against the Jets, where he'll provide his most value to the Bills' special teams efforts.
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.
Tyrod Taylor can't get any rhythm going with his wideouts, as Matthews' five catches on the season leads the corps. Until the Buffalo offense shows some explosiveness, Matthews won't have the same value he had in Philly, though we'd expect more volume ahead than the six targets Matthews has received to date. After all, he's still building his chemistry with Taylor after missing most of his preseason time with the Bills due to a chest injury.
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.
Considering Alexander is 34 and just went through a busy game (55 total snaps between defense and special teams) in hot weather, this seems easily merited. Alexander is continuing his career revival, with 15 tackles and a sack through two contests.