By Nick Richardson @NickSonofDave on June 23, 2014
The Buffalo Bills enter training camp with most of their starting spots already filled. But as history has shown, no job is ever truly safe, least of all with a team coming off of a 6-10 season. These five players may be able to work their way into the starting lineup.
A fifth-round pick out of Clemson in last year’s draft, Meeks saw scarce playing time as a rookie, appearing in only eight games. However, the departure of Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd has left a big hole in the Bills’ secondary. It appears that Da’Norris Searcy is the front-runner for the job, but he is far from a sure thing.
Current starter Scott Chandler has been a fairly reliable presence for the Bills these past few seasons. He has not looked sharp this year, however, partly due to his ongoing recovery from a previous injury. Moeaki had two fairly productive seasons with Kansas City in 2010 and 2012, and should see some more passes thrown his way this year.
A standout at Baylor in college, Richardson fell somewhat when draft day rolled around, lasting until the fifth round for the Bills to scoop him up. While rookie offensive linemen taken in the later rounds usually don’t see much playing time, the Bills’ two guard spots are shaky to say the least, and Richardson could find himself playing valuable minutes this year.
Slightly overshadowed by some of the Bills’ other rookies, Brown has outplayed all of them so far this year, looking like a future anchor of Buffalo’s defense. The middle linebacker spot is currently manned by fellow newcomer Brandon Spikes, but don’t be shocked if Brown makes more than a few appearances in big moments in 2014.
Cornerback is one spot on the depth chart where the Bills are very well stocked. Graham joins a group that already has Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin and Nickell Robey. But Gilmore and McKelvin are both recovering from injuries and will be used carefully as the season nears closer. Graham could be seen covering opposing teams’ No. 2 or No. 3 wide receivers, and his versatility will allow him to see time at safety as well.
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