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Predicting Buffalo Bills’ 53-Man Roster in 2013

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Predicting Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster in 2013

Predicting the Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster in 2013
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The 2013 Buffalo Bills are a radically different team than last year’s. There is a new aura with the team, which is a good thing compared to the last three seasons of utter disappointment. The Bills of the past decade have always had an average offense and the defense sometimes would get over-hyped. This was especially true last year when the majority of the fan base was expecting playoffs due to landing the defensive free agent of 2012 in Mario Williams. Under new coach Doug Marrone, he will begin the overhaul of the past team and turn it into his own team with his own guys.

This was a defensive heavy draft, and the Buffalo Bills exploited it by taking some high-octane offensive talent, including quarterback E.J. Manuel and wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Manuel has the hand size and throwing power to counteract the cold, windy winters of Western New York. Woods was considered the most pro-ready wide receiver in this year’s draft due to his exceptional route running and underrated speed. Speaking of speed, Marquise “Flash” Goodwin is extremely fast and was the fastest receiver in this year’s draft.

As for the defense under new coordinator Mike Pettine, there should be many different fronts and looks, creating mass confusion for opposing team’s offenses. Bringing in players like Alan Branch from the Seattle Seahawks, who can play nearly anywhere on the defensive line, he could be one of the main contributors this season. Additionally, rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso can play inside or outside on the field with a relentless motor.

What happens with the Buffalo Bills this season? Who knows, but this team has a new found confidence that has been sorely lacking in recent years.

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While there are currently four quarterbacks on the roster, only three will make the final cut. This will include two rookies. E.J. Manuel is looking like the projected starter come week one as he is building tremendous chemistry with his receiver corps.

Quarterbacks:E.J. Manuel, Kevin Kolb, Jeff Tuel

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Running Backs

Running Backs
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This is the most dynamic position on the team, especially considering how explosive of a runner C.J. Spiller has turned out to be after last season. Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice are phenomenal back-up runners that can give the Buffalo Bills fresh legs for Spiller and not miss a beat on offense. Dorin Dickerson is an excellent H-back type who can snag balls in as well from the backfield.

Halfbacks: C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and Tashard Choice

Fullback: Dorin Dickerson

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This is the part of the team that is the most green. However, it also has the most upside to become a top-end receiver corps after adding four rookies all with different skill sets. The tight ends are no slouches either, especially when there is talk that Scott Chandler thinks he could be ready to go by training camp in August.

Wide Receivers: Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, Da'Rick Rogers, T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin and Brandon Kaufman

Tight Ends: Scott Chandler, Lee Smith and Chris Gragg

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Offensive Linemen

Offensive Linemen
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The source of the greatest strength from last season, while losing two guards in the offseason, this team should not miss a beat in its offensive line as they are now much more suited to be a big, physical, road-grading team.

Offensive Tackles: Cordy Glenn, Chris Hairston, Erik Pears and Zebrie Sanders

Offensive Guards: Sam Young, Colin Brown, Kraig Urbik and Zack Chilbane

Centers: Eric Wood and Ryan Turnley

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Defensive Lineman

Defensive Lineman
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The much-talked-about defensive line of the Buffalo Bills for the last two seasons. This year, they added much-needed size and attitude in Alan Branch who could anchor the defensive line from seemingly anywhere he plays.

Defensive Ends: Mario Williams, Jarron Gilbert, Kyle Williams, Alan Branch and Alex Carrington

Nose Tackles: Marcell Dareus and Torell Troup

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The primary source of anguish of last year's team. The linebacker corps as they seemed lost and misdiagnosed plays all over the field of play and cost the team at least a few close losses that they should have won. Don't be surprised if someone like Kiko Alonso has his name called a lot this season making tackles and causing havoc.

Outside Linebackers: Mark Anderson, Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson and Chris White

Inside Linebackers: Kiko Alonso, Marcus Dowtin, Nigel Bradham and Arthur Moats

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The Buffalo Bills will be much improved over a year ago with the front seven being improved and causing havoc all over the field. Additionally, under Donnie Henderson, second-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore will turn into a shut-down corner and be feared by most of the league. Also, Jairus Byrd will be an even more ball hawk of a free safety and become the best free safety in the NFL for years to come.

Cornerbacks: Stephon Gilmore, Crezdon Butler,Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks

Free Safeties: Jairus Byrd and Aaron Williams

Strong Safeties: Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks

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Special Teams

Special Teams
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A year ago, the Buffalo Bills had two of their three special team players be 35 or over and now their kicker and punter are both under 25 and will be special team aces for at least the next decade. Another fun fact about the special team corps is they all played for the Florida State Seminoles.

Kicker: Dustin Hopkins

Punter: Shawn Powell

Long Snapper: Garrison Sanborn