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Bills experience by position

Posted by Chris Brown on May 12, 2016 – 9:35 am

As we broke down the roster a number of different ways today on following the draft and undrafted rookie signings, to examine how it was reconstructed, we also took the time to look at player experience at each position. We uncovered some interesting facts in terms of which positions carry the most veteran savvy.

Going off of the year each player is entering in 2016 in terms of seasons in the league we’ve compiled a position-by-position look at NFL experience.

Safety led the way with just over five and a half years of average experience. It’s one of the only positions on the roster that does not have a rookie among the ranks. Here’s the full list.

Bills average NFL experience by position
Safety – 5.57 years
Fullback – 4.5 years
Specialists – 3.83 years
Linebacker – 3.75 years
Tight end – 3.6 years
Offensive line – 3.53 years
Quarterback – 3.33 years
Defensive line – 3.2 years
Wide receiver – 3.15 years
Cornerback – 2.8 years
Running back – 2.8 years

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Jersey numbers for newest Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on August 20, 2015 – 6:16 pm

The Bills signed a handful of players since their first preseason game against the Panthers. Here are the jersey numbers for those watching the game tonight on ESPN of the newest Bills.

DL Red Bryant – #79
DL/LB Quentin Groves – #49
CB Ellis Lankster – #47
RB Ricky Seale – #44
RB Cierre Wood – #41

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Bills current roster count by position

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2014 – 11:50 am

In the wake of Monday’s 11 player cuts here’s where the Bills roster stands in terms of numbers by position.

QB – 3 – EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Thad Lewis
RB – 4 – Bryce Brown, Boobie Dixon, Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller
FB – 2 – Frank Summers, Evan Rodriguez
WR – 9 – Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley, Naaman Roosevelt, Caleb Holley
TE – 5 – Scott Chandler, Tony Moeaki, Chris Gragg, Lee Smith, Dominique Jones
OT – 12 – Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Chris Hairston, Cyrus Kouandjio, Erik Pears, Kraig Urbik, Eric Wood, Doug Legursky, Cyril Richardson, Antoine McClain, Jared Wheeler, Chris Williams
DL – 12 – Jerry Hughes, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Mario Williams, Jacquies Smith, Stefan Charles, Corbin Bryant, Manny Lawson, Landon Cohen, Jairus Wynn, Bryan Johnson, Ike Igbinosun
LB – 9 – Brandon Spikes, Nigel Bradham, Keith Rivers, Preston Brown, Ty Powell, Jimmy Gaines, Randell Johnson, Xavius Boyd, Kiko Alonso (Active/NFI)
CB – 10 – Leodis McKelvin, Corey Graham, Stephon Gilmore, Ron Brooks, Ross Cockrell, Sam Miller, Nickell Robey, Mario Butler, Bobby Felder, Kamaal McIlwain
S – 6 – Aaron Williams, Duke Williams, Da’Norris Searcy, Jonathan Meeks, Deon Broomfield, Kenny Ladler
K/P/LS – 3 – Dan Carpenter, Brian Moorman, Garrison Sanborn 

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Whaley: roster will be back up to 90

Posted by Chris Brown on July 18, 2014 – 5:38 pm

After the release of two players Friday in WR Cordell Roberson and CB Darius Robinson, the Bills have two vacant spots on their 90-man roster. Those are spots GM Doug Whaley intends to fill sooner rather than later.

When asked why the cuts were made, Whaley said just to upgrade the roster. His intention is to have those roster spots filled as early as Saturday.

“We’ll go up to 90 and we’re in the process of looking at two guys now and we have to get some physicals and stuff like that and we may have an announcement tomorrow,” said Whaley. “Younger guys.”

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Bills who are practice squad eligible

Posted by Chris Brown on August 29, 2013 – 11:45 pm

As the deadline to reduce the roster to 53 fast approaches, here’s a rundown of the Bills players who are practice squad eligible.

Obviously, most of Buffalo’s draft choices will be on the 53-man roster and won’t be considerations for the eight-man practice squad, but among the more interesting names on this list include Marcus Easley, Chris Hogan, Thad Lewis and Zebrie Sanders.

LB Kiko Alonso
LB/DE Jamie Blatnick
DE Kourtnei Brown
RB Zac Brown
DT Corbin Bryant
G Zack Chibane
DE Izaan Cross
S Jordan Dangerfield
LB Marcus Dowtin
WR Marcus Easley
CB Kip Edwards
RB Kendall Gaskins
WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Chris Gragg
CB T.J. Heath
WR Chris Hogan
K Dustin Hopkins
WR Brandon Kaufman
QB Thad Lewis
QB E.J. Manuel
S Jonathan Meeks
LB Keith Pough
TE Nick Provo
CB Nickell Robey
OT Zebrie Sanders
FB Drew Smith
LB Brian Smith
FB Frank Summers
QB Jeff Tuel
S Duke Williams
WR Robert Woods


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Bills release 4 players

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2013 – 4:01 pm

In order to make room for the 16 undrafted rookies that agreed to terms with the Bills Monday, Buffalo released four players from their roster.

The Bills released QB Aaron Corp, T Adam Grant, K Chris Koepplin and TE Joe Sawyer.

Buffalo’s roster is now at the maximum offseason figure of 90. Under the new CBA even unsigned draft choices count against the roster total.

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Bills roster still has room

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2013 – 5:20 pm

With the signing of five tryout players by the Bills, Buffalo’s roster is fast approaching the 90-man offseason roster limit, but there’s still a bit of room.

Buffalo now has 70 players on their roster counting Jairus Byrd, who has yet to sign his franchise tender. Under the new CBA the offseason roster limit is 90, but unsigned players count toward that total.

That would leave the team with 20 vacant spots on their roster. Buffalo has six draft choices and would presumably also add some undrafted rookie free agents after the draft.

Draft choices even if unsigned count against Buffalo’s roster. Under the old CBA unsigned draft choices did not count toward the offseason roster total.

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Fan Friday 7-20

Posted by Chris Brown on July 20, 2012 – 11:37 am

The last Fan Friday before training camp begins at St. John Fisher. Crazy that it’s here already! Here are the last set of questions from prior to the team hitting the field for final preparations for the 2012 season.

1 – Hi Chris,

About Marcus Easley – I can see him being the “#2” WR, if not to open the season, at least by the bye. However, I suspect that not many outside of Buffalo even know who he is. In fact, I think that Buffalo’s WR corps is underrated in general… if Easley solidifies the #2 spot, I think the Bills could blow up a lot of teams by running 3-wide or 4-wide.

My question is, in general, how long does it take other NFL teams to get a “book” on a WR, and do you think that Marcus has the game to adapt and succeed? 

Brian Park

CB: I’m a big believer in Marcus Easley’s skill set. His work ethic is impeccable. He’s just been the victim of a knee injury and an unforeseen medical condition. I think his game is good enough to succeed at this level.

As for how long it takes an opponent to get a book on a receiver, it depends on their amount of time on the field. If Easley becomes a regular and wins the outside receiver job opposite Stevie most opponents would have a book on him by Week 4. If his playing time is more intermittent then it would take a bit longer because there would naturally be less film on him.

2 – Chris,

I am a little confused about NFL roster limits these days. As I understand it NFL teams can suit up 45 players each game day. That means there are 8 players on the 53 man roster who can’t play on Sundays. Now are these 8 players what is called the practice squad? Or is the practice squad another separate group of 8 players?


CB: NFL teams can dress 46 players on game day, leaving seven players from the active 53-man roster who are inactive for that particular game. In addition there are eight other players that make up the team’s practice squad. The practice squad is made up of players that are not on the active roster. They would need to be called up to the active roster to be eligible to dress and play in a game.

So in essence a team has 53 players on the active roster and an additional eight practice squad players for a total of 61.


3 – Hi, Chris,

First, I’d like to thank you for all the work you do to keep Bills fans informed.  My question concerns the linebackers.  I’ve seen some people ask you about how many WRs we’ll keep; I’m wondering about the LBs.  How many do you see ending up on the roster?  Has McKillop shown anything so far?  Thank you for your time.

John MacGaffick

CB: I think with the team moving to a 4-3 defensive scheme that there will not be as many kept on the roster as last season. Buffalo kept 11 linebackers on the 53-man roster last year and 10 the year before. Knowing a couple of those spots have to go toward the defensive line with it being a four-man front I think the number could be trimmed to seven or eight this time around.

McKillop has proven to be a heady middle linebacker. I think his speed still isn’t what it once was coming off of a major knee surgery. We’ll see if he’s faster in camp. This is a fly to the football type defense so speed is a big key for the linebackers.


4 – Chris,

After watching Ryan Fitzpatrick through OTAs and mandatory mini-camp have you seen a marked improvement in his accuracy since he has been working with new QB coach David Lee?  I believe this is the most important key to the Bills success in the incoming NFL season.  Your comments will be appreciated. 

Optimistic Bills Fan
CB: In our one-on-one interview with Fitz he affirmed that his accuracy numbers were as high as they have ever been through the spring workouts. David Lee said Fitz has bought in completely to what he’s teaching and because of that his accuracy has been ahead of schedule in terms of when he thought he would see a difference.

People forget that prior to taking a shot to his chest in the Washington game that Fitz’s completion percentage was 67.7%, which was among the league leaders. And even with a disappointing second half of the season he still had a completion percentage of 62% for the season. So knowing it’s very likely to go up from there should have you encouraged about Fitz’s prospects for 2012.


5 – Chris,

Thanks for all the updates on the Bills, it is appreciated very much! I know the Bills haven’t done any work in pads yet, but how does Alex Carrington look so far as a DT? Also, is there a timeframe for when Torell Troup is expected back? Thanks!

Steve B.
Fredericksburg, VA
CB: Carrington is not foreign to playing defensive tackle as he played there some in passing situations over the past two seasons, albeit sparingly. In the spring practices he ran with the second unit at defensive tackle, and also saw time with the first and second nickel subpackages as an inside rusher.

What has to be remembered heading into camp was during the spring Torell Troup was not part of the equation since he was still recovering from back surgery. Troup is expected to get full clearance at training camp this week. Once he is back in the mix, he and Carrington could very well be competing for the same role in Buffalo’s defense.

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Roster count update

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2012 – 2:10 pm

With the Bills agreeing to terms with 10 new undrafteds here’s where they stand in terms of roster count.

Buffalo now has 89 players on their offseason roster. The league maximum in the offseason is 90, which was recently expanded from the previous figure of 80. So the Bills just have one vacant roster spot at this time.

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Bills roster count

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2012 – 8:54 pm

With nine draft choices added and the offseason roster limit raised to 90 players, here’s where the Bills stand in terms of roster room before reaching that limit.

Prior to the draft Buffalo had 70 players count toward their roster. Under the new roster limit rules unsigned draft choices count toward the total. With nine draft selections that brings the Bills roster count up to 79.

So with respect to undrafted free agents, which also count toward the roster total, Buffalo can only sign 11 before they reach the limit of 90. The Bills are expected to announce their undrafted free agent signings by the middle of next week.

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Bills WR count

Posted by Chris Brown on March 19, 2012 – 9:58 am

The Bills now have nine wide receivers on the roster and that’s not counting versatile swingman Brad Smith. Here’s the rundown.

Stevie Johnson
Donald Jones
Derek Hagan
Marcus Easley
David Nelson
Naaman Roosevelt
Ruvell Martin
David Clowney
Kamar Aiken

Typically for offseason rosters NFL clubs carry up to 11 or 12, due in part to the fact that receivers run arguably as much as anyone on the roster during practices. So there still could be a couple of more additions. For the Bills that figures to be via the draft or undrafted rookies.

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Nix set to fill roster

Posted by Chris Brown on July 26, 2011 – 11:26 am

Bills GM Buddy Nix and his personnel department have a lot of vacant roster spots to fill between now and the time players have to report to camp on Friday. He believes they’ll have all their openings filled though by the end of the week.

With the offseason roster limit at 90 Nix and his staff have 10 more spots to fill.

“I’d say we’ll be at the limit or over,” said Nix. “We may have to adjust but yeah, we’ll have time.”

The Bills can begin signing undrafted rookies today (Tuesday) with trades also allowed. Negotiations with veteran free agents and draft choices can begin today as well, but free agents cannot sign until Friday at 6 pm.


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Bills roster at offseason limit

Posted by Chris Brown on June 8, 2009 – 7:55 pm

With the signing of free agent RB Justise Hairston, the Bills offsesason roster is at its limit of 80 players. But the makeup of the roster figures to change in the near future.

That’s because currently Buffalo’s eight draft picks do not count toward the 80-man roster total until they sign their rookie contract. To this point none of the Bills’ draftees have done so.

When they do begin to sign they will then count toward the roster total and other players will have to be clipped from the roster to keep the squad at the limit of 80 players.

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