Inside The Bills

My picks for roster openings

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2008 – 2:56 pm

The Bills are soon to have two vacant roster spots on their 53-man roster with James Hardy expected to be placed on injured reserve shortly and Aaron Schobel’s roster spot still open.

Assuming the Bills pro personnel staff doesn’t see anything more appealing on the waiver wire or on the street, here are the two players I wouldn’t mind seeing on the 53-man roster for the final two games of the season.

1. WR Felton Huggins – Huggins had his strongest training camp this past summer. Still young at the receiver position, Huggins has come a long way with coverage recognition and route running. Blessed with height (6’2″) and speed (4.4 40-time) I wouldn’t mind seeing him get an opportunity the final two Sundays of the season.

I believe if it’s not Huggins it will be fellow WR C.J. Hawthorne who has been impressive in the practice setting.

2. DL Marcus Smith – At the time he was added to the practice squad in midseason, the Bills already had depth on the defensive line, but the personnel staff thought so much of Smith they wanted to get an extended look at him. I’d like to get more of a look myself. At 6’4″ and 295, Smith appears to be more of a defensive tackle. Buffalo has four DTs on their roster already as Corey Mace replaced the I-R’d John McCargo.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Smith switching off with Mace for 10-12 snaps a game the last couple of weeks to see what he has to offer. Of course that’s provided they can make the game day roster work that way.

It’s pretty clear the marriage between McCargo and the Bills will be over this offseason, so why not see if there’s a potential replacement sitting on your practice squad already. The organization seems to like Mace, but taking a look at Smith can’t hurt either.

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