Buffalo Bills: 5 Players to Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2

By Nick Richardson

5 Buffalo Bills to Watch in NFL Preseason Week 2

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Even though this is Week 2 of the 2014 NFL preseason, the Buffalo Bills’ game this Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers will actually be their third preseason game since they kicked off the preseason against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame Game. Regardless, here are five players to keep an eye on when the Bills go up against the Steelers.

5. S Duke Williams

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5. S Duke Williams

Duke Williams Buffalo Bills
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Entering the preseason, the Bills’ secondary looked to be set as far as the starters went. Aaron Williams and Da’Norris Searcy were the prohibitive favorites to man the two safety spots. But Duke Williams has been a player whose stock has been rising of late, earning a starting nod in last week’s game. This may have been a result of Searcy missing time due to a family emergency. Nonetheless, Williams’ recent play has clearly pleased his coaches.

4. OG Cyril Richardson

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4. OG Cyril Richardson

Cyril Richardson Buffalo Bills-Minicamp
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The Bills’ fifth-round pick in this year’s draft is currently part of a heated battle for one of the starting guard spots, both of which remain wide open. Injuries throughout the offensive line have thrown the Bills’ depth chart into flux, with several players receiving extra reps. Veterans Kraig Urbik and Chris Williams came into camp the favorites to start, but Richardson has been playing well for a rookie.

3. LB Stevenson Sylvester

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3. LB Stevenson Sylvester

Stevenson Sylvester Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Sylvester was brought in to shore up the lack of depth at linebacker. Now, with Nigel Bradham suspended for the first game of the season, Sylvester is in contention to start the Bills’ season opener alongside Brandon Spikes and Keith Rivers. Rookie Preston Brown is also competing for the same spot, but Buffalo likely prefers to go with the more experienced presence of Sylvester for just the one game.

2. WR Robert Woods

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2. WR Robert Woods

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There has been a lot of interest surrounding Woods the past couple of weeks, as he has seemingly dropped in the depth chart based on his playing time. The Bills’ former second-round pick was thought to be the team’s clear-cut No. 2 WR behind Sammy Watkins, but Mike Williams started in the Bills’ last game and Chris Hogan has been seeing a lot action as well. It will bear watching who starts in Pittsburgh and for how long.

1. QB Thad Lewis

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1. QB Thad Lewis

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Coach Doug Marrone has been alternating the second team reps between Lewis and Jeff Tuel, with Tuel performing better through the first two preseason games. Lewis was expected to be E.J. Manuel’s backup once again this year, but he has not looked very good in camp or in game action. Lewis needs a good performance against the Steelers to improve his standing.

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