Bills: Cutdown analysis

August, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Biggest surprise: The Buffalo Bills haven't had a go-to TE for years, but they must be confident Robert Royal is ready to claim that role. Royal is the only healthy TE on the roster after the Bills released Courtney Anderson and Tim Massaquoi. Anderson has 28 starts over his five NFL seasons, while Massaquoi played in four games without a catch last year for the Bills. Royal did have an impressive preseason, but behind him are Derek Schouman (knee) and fourth-round pick Derek Fine (recent thumb surgery), both of whom are out indefinitely.

No-brainers: DT Jason Jefferson spent three seasons as a Bills reserve, but he wasn't going to make the roster after they acquired Marcus Stroud and Spencer Johnson. His only hope was an injury or some other cataclysmic event, but Stroud has been a monster and Johnson has been solid, too.

The Bills also had to give up on 2007 fourth-round draft pick Dwayne Wright because he couldn't stop fumbling and was beaten out by Xavier Omon, a perceived project player who was drafted in the sixth round and earmarked for the practice squad.

What's next: The Bills were thin on the offensive line, and they released five blockers. The return of Pro Bowl holdout LT Jason Peters would help rectify that, but if there has been no progress made in his contract dispute, they might be interested in Cincinnati Bengals castoff Willie Anderson (if he's a better fit at LT he could allow Langston Walker to move back to RT) or perhaps more depth.

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