Inside The Bills

Fan Friday 8-26

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2011 – 12:31 pm

First cuts are due on Tues. Aug. 30th, but less than 10 players need to be trimmed from the roster to get down to the required 80. Final cuts are Sept. 3rd when the roster has to get down to the customary 53. Remember send your questions to Let’s get going.

1 – Chris,

Could you tell Bill’s fans who the leading undrafted players that might make the roster? It would seem that the TE Pianalto and one of the inside lb’s would have a decent chance above some of the other positions. Is there a dark horse guy that might break out even if there aren’t getting reps that would have a chance to make the roster/impress the coaches?

Thanks for the daily updates. Great work.

CB: You’re not wrong to think Pianalto would have a chance to make the roster just because the other candidates at that position for the third tight end job are largely unproven as well. That being said I think Mike Caussin has done more this summer than Pianalto and in my estimation would land the third tight end job. I don’t know how realistic it is for any undrafted rookies to make the final roster. They’ve really been put behind the eight ball with no spring camps or a real chance to make an impression.

That being said the two undrafted rookies that I feel have done the most on the practice field are OLB Robert Eddins and WR Kamar Aiken. Does that mean they’ll make the roster? Probably not, but practice squad spots are a strong likelihood for them as I see it. Then again I don’t make those decisions.


2 – Hi Chris,

I was wondering since it seems to be more injuries this year, mostly pulled muscles or tweaked older injuries.  Is that a byproduct of the lockout?  Do other teams seem to have more injuries as well or am I just over analyzing what we’ve seen at the beginning here.  Also looking for an update on the current injuries. Thanks a lot for all your coverage it keeps us all up to date what’s happening especially now with everything moving so fast with the lockout ended.

Rich in Rochy

CB: I know coaches have been very concerned about there being a greater risk for injuries due to the long layoff from real football. We’ve seen some of that in the practices and preseason games already. Unfortunately I think it’s only going to increase in the regular season when guys are really going all out for 60 minutes, though I hope I’m wrong. As for the injuries just stay close to the Inside the Bills blog and the home page at for injury updates.


3 – Chris,

I am a Rochester native and now live in State College and have been a huge fan of what you’ve done in covering the Bills. Thank you so much. My question is:

The Bills have Brad Smith listed as a quarterback on the depth chart and I understand that he will be used in Wildcat formation. However, will we see him lining up more as a receiver? He seemed like more of that type of player with the Jets, and he was effective that way. 

State College, Pa.
CB: He’ll be used at receiver from time to time yes, but it won’t be for the majority of the time. I’d expect to see Smith on the field anywhere from 8-15 plays a game on offense. What the split is between QB and WR I think will vary week to week depending on the opponent.


4 – Hi Chris, 

First off thanks for all your training camp news updates. My question is about roster cuts and if they will be moved back time-wise since the holdout delayed training camp and everything else? And in your opinion is Marcus Easley on the outside looking in to make the cut because of last years injury and now his knee again this year?  

CB: They have not moved the date of the first roster cut which is Aug. 30th, but they did change how many cuts need to be made. A lot of clubs didn’t want their roster reduced to 75 that quickly because of the time crunch as you mentioned. They only have to get down to 80 players by next Tuesday.

With respect to Marcus Easley he’s making steady progress and with a good showing on Saturday I think he’ll lock down a roster spot. I believe the Bills will keep six receivers and I believe he’ll be one of them.


5 – Hi chris,

It sure looks like the bills defense is going to be a lot better.

With Spiller and Jackson in the backfield how do you think they will split carries? Will it be like KC with Charles and Jones or will Jackson be the feature back with Spiller as a chance of pace back?


CB: The coaching staff has tried to give Spiller more opportunities to get him up to speed, but Jackson at this point is still the better all around back. That being said I would anticipate that Jackson still gets the majority of the work with Spiller more of a change of pace and split wide more often.

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