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2016 roster quirks

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2016 – 12:40 pm

Buffalobills.com has kept track of the 53-man roster numbers by position since 2006. Rex Ryan and his staff diverged from some of his number preferences at the different positions in his first year at the helm. There are also some interesting figures at certain positions for the first time in a while.

3 QBs – Not surprisingly, Buffalo kept three quarterbacks. It’s the first time they’ve carried three to start a season since 2012, when they had four.

Low at WR – The Bills have just five receivers on their 53, the lowest number of wideouts since 2012 when they carried just four. Buffalo carried at least six each of the last three years with Rex Ryan keeping seven last year at the outset of the season.

A jump at LB – With a full blown commitment to more traditional 3-4 principles, Buffalo has nine linebackers counting Jerry Hughes. It’s a byproduct of some specialty role players (See: Brandon Spikes). It’s also the most linebackers they’ve carried to start a season since 2011 when they had 11.

Almost a DB record – We knew the possibility existed for the Bills to carry six safeties based on the talent on hand and that proved to be the case. Coupled with the five cornerbacks, Buffalo’s 11 DBs are the second-most in the last 10 years. The 2013 roster is the only one to top it as they carried 12 to start the year.

Here’s a look at Rex Ryan’s roster breakdown by position from 2015 to 2016

Pos.              2015       2016
QB                   2              3
RB                   5              5
WR                  7              5
TE                   5              3
OL                   7              9
DL                  6 (1susp) 5(1susp)
LB                    6           9
DB                 9              11
ST                  4              3

 

 

 


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