Some may call them diamonds in the rough. Four players on the Bills 2014 roster – CB Michael Carter, DE Bryan Johnson, CB Kamaal McIlwain and WR Naaman Roosevelt – participated in the 2014 NFL Regional/Super Regional combines held earlier this year.
Expect all four of these players to see significant playing time in tonight’s Hall of Fame game between the Buffalo Bills and NY Giants at 8 p.m. on NBC.
Four other players on the Bills’ roster participated in regional combines in previous years – DT Stefan Charles (2013), P Jake Dombrowski (2013), WR Kevin Elliott (2012) and DT Ike Igbinosun (2012).
NFL Regional Combines and the NFL Super Regional Combine serve as supplements to the NFL’s National Scouting Combine and provide players an opportunity to be tested and evaluated by experienced scouting personnel in the league. Measurements and test results are entered into a database available to all 32 teams, while participants also have the ability to distribute the data collected.
Twenty nine of the league’s 32 teams (91 percent) have at least one 2014 Regional Combine and/or Super Regional Combine participant on its roster. Eleven of those teams – BUFFALO (four), CAROLINA (three), CLEVELAND (three) DALLAS (six), DETROIT (three), GREEN BAY (three), INDIANAPOLIS (five), MINNESOTA (three), NEW ORLEANS (three), ST. LOUIS (three), and SEATTLE (three) – retain at least three 2014 Regional/Super Regional Combine alums.
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