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How many WRs do Bills keep?

Posted by Chris Brown on August 9, 2011 – 10:43 am

It’s a little early to be speculating how the roster will fall in terms of position numbers, but regardless of what the final outcome might be there’s no debating that wide receiver will be one of the most difficult positions to whittle down for the 53-man roster.

Buffalo kept five receivers on the opening day roster last season. By year’s end Naaman Roosevelt and Paul Hubbard had been called up to the roster from the team’s practice squad. Now Marcus Easley and Craig Davis have been added to the fold giving Buffalo nine capable NFL wideouts. So how many will Buffalo keep on the 53-man roster come early September?

My guess is there will be six. Easley hasn’t been able to show a whole lot due to his hyperextended knee that’s kept him out for over a week. He has top 2 receiver ability, but he has to show it first. Donald Jones and Naaman Roosevelt offer the added bonus of special teams ability, which you have to have from your fourth, fifth or sixth receivers on an active roster.

The preseason games will go a long way in determining who is in the final group on the roster, but there is too much talent and too many spread formations in Buffalo’s offense to only have five on the active roster. That’s why I believe strongly there will be six with a very remote chance that they keep seven.

It’s also safe to say there will be a couple of wideouts on Buffalo’s practice squad.


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