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Stability for Bills lies on the lines

Posted by Chris Brown on September 3, 2017 – 4:31 pm

The transactions over this weekend certainly won’t be the last ones made in year one of the Brandon Beane-Sean McDermott partnership, but it’s clear that the roster turnover has been significant. As we noted earlier here the cornerback position has been completely revamped from last season. Safety has just one hold over in Colt Anderson. The wide receiver position has just Brandon Tate as a 2016 roster member left. And all that’s left at running back now is LeSean McCoy after Jonathan Williams was waived. So where is the continuity for this team?

It’s on the offensive and defensive lines. Buffalo’s O-line, which has posted back-to-back No. 1 rushing seasons, has all five starters back from last season and a pair of backups if you count the suspended Seantrel Henderson along with Ryan Groy. Vladimir Ducasse, Dion Dawkins and Conor McDermott are the only new arrivals.

The defensive line is much the same. Jerry Hughes, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Shaq Lawson are all returning players along with Jerel Worthy and Adolphus Washington.

Eddie Yarbrough, DeAndre Coleman and Ryan Davis are the newbies.

It’s up front where the Bills will be leaning for consistent play as the other parts of the offense and defense, with a lot of new moving parts, work to jell together.

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Bills roster goes heavy at RB, CB, DL

Posted by Chris Brown on September 2, 2017 – 3:53 pm

The Bills first edition of their 53-man roster for the 2017 season is rather balanced between offense and defense. In fact it’s dead even 25 apiece with the three specialists accounting for the other spots. Obviously these position numbers can change between now and Monday after the 24-hour waiver claim period closes tomorrow afternoon, but for now, here’s a look at where the Bills went heavy and light at certain positions.

Buffalo went heavy at RB, CB and defensive line, carrying four running backs, not counting their two fullbacks Pat DiMarco and Mike Tolbert, for a total of six. Taiwan Jones made the roster along with LeSean McCoy, Jonathan Williams and Joe Banyard at running back.

Cornerback was another position where the team went heavy keeping six. Greg Mabin was the long shot who made the roster after a stellar preseason in which he posted a pair of interceptions. Shareece Wright, Leonard Johnson, Tre’Davious White, E.J. Gaines and Kevon Seymour were the others.

And Buffalo took nine for their defensive line with DeAndre Coleman and Eddie Yarbrough earning spots on the roster that has a slew of vets among them.

Some might think Buffalo went a little light at safety (4) or linebacker (6), but in a 4-3 scheme the linebacker number is in the range of what is typical.

Here’s a position by position breakdown, knowing in a day’s time it could very well change.

QB – 3
RB – 4
FB – 2
WR – 5
TE – 3
OL – 8
DL – 9
LB – 6
CB – 6
S – 4
Specialists – 3

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2016 roster quirks

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