Inside The Bills

Smith, Leodis still atop return depth chart

Posted by Chris Brown on August 5, 2013 – 4:24 pm

There are a host of challengers for the kick and punt return jobs on the Bills’ roster, but with the release of the team’s first unofficial depth chart the incumbents are still at the top of the list at each position.

Brad Smith is still listed as the top kick returner on the depth chart followed by T.J. Graham and Marquise Goodwin. Head coach Doug Marrone touted Smith as one of their top specialists at the start of camp.

“He’s a core special team’s player for us and does it very well,” said Marrone. “We look at him as a receiver trying to get himself slotted wherever that may be at the end of the day competing for a position. And we feel that he has shown some very good progress having just been in one position. But the more I’ve talked to Brad (Smith) about the different places he has been, quarterback, whatever it may be. For us, right now our plan is just go ahead and compete at receiver. Obviously be a core special team’s player. And that’s his role on our team right now.”

As for punt return Leodis McKelvin is still atop the depth chart there, but if he remains in his current role as a starting cornerback, returning punts as well might be putting a lot on his plate for an entire season. His backups on the depth chart right now are T.J. Graham and Robert Woods.

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