|Offense||27th||117.7 (11th)||184.4 (30th)|
|Defense||25th||119.9 (24th)||246.9 (24th)|
|13||Benjamin, Kelvin||WR||6-5||245||2/5/1991||4||Florida State|
|39||Cadet, Travaris||RB||6-1||210||2/1/1989||6||Appalachian State|
|42||DiMarco, Patrick||FB||6-1||234||4/30/1989||6||South Carolina|
|36||Elston, Trae||DB||5-11||190||2/16/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|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.)|
|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|
|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||DT||6-4||295||11/24/1992||2||Ohio State|
|20||Wright, Shareece||CB||5-11||184||4/8/1987||7||Southern California|
|33||Anderson, Colt (IR)||DB||5-10||195||10/25/1985||8||Montana|
|17||Butler, Jeremy (IR)||WR||6-2||213||4/22/1991||3||Tennessee-Martin|
|7||Jones, Taiwan (IR)||RB||6-0||195||7/26/1988||7||Eastern Washington|
|89||Towbridge, Keith (IR)||TE||6-5||262||5/21/1995||R||Louisville|
|47||Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||1||South Florida|
|Lewis, Marquavius||DT||6-3||270||10/11/1992||R||South Carolina|
|Wesley, De'Ondre||T||6-6||331||7/28/1992||3||Brigham Young|
Gaines logged 74 snaps in the ugly 54-24 loss to the Chargers, so it looks like he should be good moving forward after missing three-plus games with the injury. The nine stops represent his single-game high for 2017.
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 will continue in a reserve role since E.J. Gaines (shoulder) is also active Sunday. However, he's logged over 45 defensive snaps four times this season, bringing him near fantasy relevance.
Humber, who did have 10 tackles in Sunday's bludgeoning at the hands of the Saints, has struggled the past two games while frequently missing tackles. Rookie Matt Milano performed well when Humber was out, so Frazier could start to mix Milano back in a little more until Humber proves as sturdy as he was prior to the injury.
Milano has been receiving starter's action since Humber went down with a thumb injury, but that play count is about to get reduced. He'll make a strong sub for Humber and veteran Lorenzo Alexander, but there are better IDP choices than Milano, despite the fact that he's had some big plays in recent weeks.
Benjamin, who was making his second appearance with the Bills since being acquired at the trade deadline, suffered the injury while hauling in a 20-yard reception on the team's first offensive series. He was able to limp off the field before being carted off to the locker room and ruled out for the remainder of the contest. While it's a good sign that Benjamin's knee seems to be structurally sound, the Bills likely won't have knowledge about the full extent of the wideout's injury until after he undergoes further testing. If Benjamin is sidelined for the Week 12 matchup with the Chiefs, rookie Zay Jones, who led the team with 68 receiving yards against the Chargers, could be in store for another high snap total.
With Jordan Matthews (knee) inactive and Kelvin Benjamin (knee) exiting on the opening drive, Jones led all Buffalo wideouts with an 82 percent snap share. He missed the previous game with a knee injury of his own, but his last two appearances have led to his two best stat lines of the season. Jones could be heavily involved in a favorable Week 12 matchup against the Chiefs, particularly if Matthews and/or Benjamin is unavailable.
It was the fourth time Brown has reached double-digit tackles this season. The 25-year-old has yet to record a sack this season, but his activity in the tackle department keeps him a consistent IDP performer. He saw 69 defensive snaps (93.0 percent) in the contest.
The Bills have been getting killed in the run game the last two contests, so they decided to add some size in the 6-foot-5, 341-pound Coleman while releasing smaller defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. Coleman won't be an IDP factor, but he could see some immediate time on early downs as the team attempts to start plugging some holes.
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.
Much of that production came in garbage time of a brutal 54-24 loss, but Cadet certainly looked better than Mike Tolbert has in recent weeks. It may not make too much of a difference with LeSean McCoy healthy and playing the role of bell-cow back like a man several years younger, but Cadet might end up providing a more valuable insurance policy than Tolbert for McCoy owners. He certainly has more ability in the passing game.
Wood was removed from the Bills' injury report after turning in a full practice Wednesday following limited sessions Monday and Tuesday. The 31-year-old should start at center like he usually does and play a full slate of snaps.
Nathan Peterman made McDermott look bad, throwing five interceptions on 14 pass attempts before giving way to Taylor for the start of the second half. Taylor made things worse in the third quarter when he lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown, but he bounced back strong in garbage time to finish 15-of-25 passing for 158 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 38 yards and another score. Common sense dictates he'll get the start Week 12 in Kansas City, but the Bills apparently are in no rush to make a decision.
It looks like some combination of Jordan Matthews, Micah Hyde, Taiwan Jones and Deonte Thompson will serve as the primary return men Thursday. Tate is one of the league's better returners, but he doesn't offer much in the receiving game even though he made a big play last week against the Raiders. Coach Sean McDermott must have a different strategy set for this week, while Tate's outlook may not get much better once the Bills start suiting up newcomer Kelvin Benjamin in Week 10. Tate's best hope might be if his special teams replacements simply botch the job.
Hauschka's six points marked his most over the past three games, following a five-game stretch in which he scored in double figures. While that evidences Buffalo's recent offensive struggles -- which were a big storyline Sunday -- Hauschka's 76 points barely sit outside the top 10 league-wide.
Williams, who's been in the league since 2006, still has a starting role, but his numbers aren't what they used to be. Through six games, the veteran has 16 tackles and a sack -- that's not an awful output for an interior lineman, but remember, Williams had 64 tackles just a season ago while totaling five sacks. His contributions for a rebuilding organization -- one that's surprised nicely all season -- go far beyond the stat sheet, however, as he's one of the best leaders on the team and fulfills a dirty job in Leslie Frazier's defense where he plugs holes instead of being asked to get to the quarterback. Williams may not be worth owning in IDP leagues anymore, but owners of the Buffalo defense owe a good deal of thanks to his efforts.
Hughes avoided missing his first game since the 2011 season, and he'll slot back into his top defensive end role. However, Philip Rivers has been a tough man to sack this season, ranking third in the league in sack percentage (3.29 percent). Hughes hasn't had a sack in five weeks either, making him an unfavorable IDP option in Week 11.
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.
Hyde's involvement in practice this week could still be limited as a result of the knee issue, but McDermott's comments suggest the 26-year-old will be back in action for the Week 12 matchup with the Chiefs. Prior to his departure Sunday, Hyde made four stops, tying for his worst mark in any contest since his zero-tackle performance in a Week 2 victory over the Panthers.
McCoy miraculously broke out of a two-game slump despite watching Nathan Peterman throw five interceptions before halftime. The veteran back ripped off a 37-yard scamper and a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 early in the first quarter, only to watch Peterman hand the Chargers an insurmountable lead. Tyrod Taylor came in for the second half and eventually connected with McCoy for a 12-yard score early in the fourth quarter. Regardless of which quarterback is under center, McCoy profiles as the only reliable piece of the Buffalo offense for a Week 12 game in Kansas City.
This will be the first start of Elston's career, who could stand to have a decent tackle total if Derek Carr throws as much as he did last week in an attempt to beat the Bills' depleted secondary.
The touchdown was the first of O'Leary's career. O'Leary took the reins with Charles Clay out in recent weeks with three 50-yard games in his previous four outings. He showed Sunday that he can still be somewhat productive with Clay back in the fold, seeing the field for 19 offensive snaps to Clay's 29, but it is also likely that Clay will begin overtaking some of those snaps in the coming weeks as he knocks off some of the rust from his mid-season knee injury. Expect O'Leary's production to decline accordingly.
Wright started in Gaines' place in the Bills' Week 8 win over the Raiders and saw 64 defensive snaps, logging four tackles and two pass breakups. Look for Wright to handle a similar snap count Thursday in what amounts to an easier matchup against a Jets passing attack that's lacking in established talent at receiver.
Butler's concussion he suffered early in the preseason essentially cost him any shot at making the Bills' final roster.
After Peterman was pulled at halftime of his first NFL start with a historically bad stat line -- five interceptions on 14 attempts -- it widely was assumed the Bills would turn right back to Tyrod Taylor, who at least played well in mop-up duty during the second half of Sunday's 54-24 loss to the Chargers. That apparently isn't the case, as McDermott has yet to name a Week 12 starter and even seems to be dropping hints that Peterman could get the nod again. The Bills are still in the playoff hunt -- at least so far as record is concerned -- and there's little doubt the rookie was primary responsible for at least three of Sunday's five interceptions. No matter, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is singing a similar tune, saying Monday that he thinks Peterman is smart and will learn from the experience, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports. Given that the decision to bench Taylor was already controversial, the Bills will get crushed by the media if they decide to stick with Peterman, though their late-season schedule and recent performance suggest they may fall out of playoff contention regardless of which quarterback starts.
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.
McCray is now removed from injured reserve and immediately eligible to sign with any team other than the Panthers.
Clay has been quiet in two games since returning from a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery, but he did at least play 54 percent of Buffalo's offensive snaps Sunday. He handled 60 percent of the snaps and caught two passes for 13 yards on three targets the previous week against the Saints in another blowout loss. Clay could push back toward his usual snap share in the 80 percent range if the Bills can avoid yet another lopsided affair Week 12 in Kansas City. For what it's worth, Clay caught a TD pass that was called back by a penalty, and then dropped another easy one right in his hands in the end zone on the same drive.
It's unlikely Washington receives any punishment from the league office either.
Thomas wasn't present Wednesday while attending to the personal matter, prompting head coach Sean McDermott to express some uncertainty regarding the tight end's status for the Week 8 matchup with the Raiders. However, with Thomas back at practice a day later, it appears safe to conclude that he'll be in the fold come Sunday. Look for Thomas, who recorded his first NFL touchdown reception in the Week 7 win over the Buccaneers, to serve as Nick O'Leary's top backup.
Henderson was unable to participate in Friday's practice due to a tweaked back, but the minor injury won't keep him sidelined for the Bills' home matchup against New Orleans in Week 10.
Incognito played through the ankle injury in Sunday's win over the Raiders and prepares set to do so again in Week 9 after turning in a full practice Wednesday. He'll start at left guard.
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's lack of availability for the contest isn't a surprise after he failed to practice Wednesday through Friday. His absence leaves Travaris Cadet as the lone healthy running back behind starter LeSean McCoy.
Murphy has previously had stints on the Colts' and Jets' practice squads this season. The Bills are lacking in depth at running back after Taiwan Jones (arm) was moved to injured reserve following the team's Week 9 loss to the Jets, but Murphy will likely need another injury to one of LeSean McCoy, Mike Tolbert or Travaris Cadet before earning a promotion to Buffalo's 53-man roster.
The starting left tackle will miss his fourth game of the season and third in a row. Rookie Dion Dawkins has been performing well in his place, but the Bills simply run the ball better with Glenn in there -- in the six games Glenn has played, the Bills have averaged 123 yards on the ground, compared to 87 yards rushing in the three he's missed.
It was the second time this season Poyer has tallied 11 tackles, while the eight solo stops is a season high. He was one of two Bills players to play in every defensive snap. The 26-year-old figures to remain heavily involved on defense as the season progresses.
White also had four passes defensed and was a major factor in keeping Trevor Siemian out of rhythm Sunday. The rookie first-round pick has looked great in his first three career games, with 16 tackles (14 solo), seven passes defensed and an interception.
Holmes finished third among Buffalo receivers with 39 offensive snaps Sunday following Kelvin Benjamin's knee injury. He didn't make the most of the opportunities, but it's hard to judge any Bills receiver given Nathan Peterman's historically bad debut. Holmes scored twice in the first three weeks of the season, but has just one touchdown since and just one game all year with more than two catches. He might see an uptick in usage in Benjamin's temporary absence, but there are too many questions for comfort in Buffalo right now.
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.
He needs surgery after breaking his forearm in the Bills' win over the Falcons on Sunday, so the special teams standout will now apparently miss the rest of the season, unless he works out an injury settlement with the team.
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.
Glenn left practice Thursday with an ankle injury, and after being unable to give it a go Friday, he'll be held out this weekend. Ryan Groy will serve as the primary reserve at guard in Miller's absence.
Matthews practiced to some degree most of the week, so this is a bit of a surprise. Since the Bills' passing attack has been inconsistent all season and will now try rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman at quarterback, perhaps the absence takes some of the guesswork out of things for Matthews owners.
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.
The veteran linebacker now has 56 tackles (43 solo) through nine games, putting him on pace for 100 tackles this season. However, Alexander has recorded just two sacks this season, which is nothing compared to the monstrous 12.5 sacks he racked up in 2016.
With Jordan Matthews (knee) inactive and Kelvin Benjamin (knee) injured on the opening drive, the Bills relied on Thompson, Zay Jones, Brandon Tate and Andre Holmes. Thompson actually played the fewest snaps of that quartet, and yet still ended up with the team lead for targets. He'll have a part-time role even when everyone's healthy, but there's potential for more in Week 12 against the Chiefs if Matthews and Benjamin aren't able to play. Further complicating matters, Thompson may have suffered an injury late in Sunday's blowout loss, ESPN.com's Mike Rodak reports.
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.