5 Buffalo Bills on Roster Bubble in Preseason Week 2

5 Buffalo Bills on Roster Bubble in Preseason Week 2

Buffalo Bills Helmet
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

With two preseason games already under their belt, the Buffalo Bills are closer than most teams in finalizing their 53-man roster. As they get ready to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Saturday, these five players are currently fighting for their football lives.

5. DE Jacquies Smith

Jacquies Smith Buffalo Bills
Richard Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

5. DE Jacquies Smith

Jacquies Smith Buffalo Bills
Richard Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

With Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson, the Bills have three solid veterans at defensive end already with spots on the roster. That means the remaining spots will be left open to younger players looking to prove themselves, and Smith fits into that category. Smith has received more playing time than any of the Bills’ other young DE’s, so he may be looking at more extended playing time against Pittsburgh as well.

4. LB Ty Powell

Ty Powell Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

4. LB Ty Powell

Ty Powell Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The loss of Kiko Alonso to a season-ending injury opened up a spot on the Bills’ depth chart at LB. Fortunately the Bills still retain a good amount of depth at this position. Powell is looking to crack the team as the sixth and final linebacker. Should he make the team, Powell’s impact will likely come via special teams, so he needs to have a big night in the Bills’ upcoming game.

3. TE Chris Gragg

Chris Gragg Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

3. TE Chris Gragg

Chris Gragg Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Even though tight end is one of the weaker positions on Buffalo’s roster, Gragg is still on the fringes of the depth chart. He has been seeing more playing time than might be expected due to several injuries at the position. The player Gragg likely needs to beat out for a roster spot is Tony Moeaki, who has been dealing with his share of injuries. Both players need to produce in the coming weeks if they’re to make the team.

2. OT Chris Hairston

Chris Hairston Preseason-Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

2. OT Chris Hairston

Chris Hairston Preseason-Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills
Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills’ offensive line has been a mess throughout training camp, as both injuries and inconsistency have wreaked havoc on the depth chart. After missing all of the 2013 season, Hairston was expected to be worked back into the rotation, perhaps even in a starting role, but he has seemingly been passed over in favor of rookie Seantrel Henderson at left tackle. Hairston may have to find another position in order to make the roster.

1. DT Alan Branch

Alan Branch Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

1. DT Alan Branch

Alan Branch Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, the Bills have as good a DT combo as there is in the league. At 29 years old, Branch is a veteran presence among the candidates for the backup positions, so it is a bit surprising to find him on the roster bubble. But Branch has seen his playing time steadily reduced over the past few weeks, as younger players like Landon Cohen and Corbin Bryant have been seeing more reps.


Around the Web