Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated look at Bills' roster
By Mike Rodak
The Buffalo Bills got an early jump on their roster cuts Friday, releasing 18 players and placing another three on injured reserve.
With their roster now at 55 players, the Bills must make at least two more moves prior to Saturday's 6 p.m. deadline.
Here's a look at the roster as it stands Friday evening:
EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Thad Lewis
RUNNING BACK (3)
C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Tashard Choice
WIDE RECEIVER (6)
Steve Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley
TIGHT END (3)
Scott Chandler, Lee Smith, Chris Gragg
OFFENSIVE LINE (8)
Cordy Glenn, Colin Brown, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, Erik Pears, Doug Legursky, Thomas Welch, Sam Young
DEFENSIVE LINE (8)
Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Alex Carrington, Alan Branch, Jay Ross, Corbin Bryant, Torell Troup, Izaan Cross
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER (6)
Mario Williams, Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes, Marcus Dowtin, Jamie Blatnick, Jamaal Westerman
INSIDE LINEBACKER (4)
Kiko Alonso, Nigel Bradham, Arthur Moats, Bryan Scott
Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Justin Rogers, Nickell Robey
Jairus Byrd, Aaron Williams, Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks
Dustin Hopkins, Shawn Powell, Garrison Sanborn
What names stand out among this group?
Let's start with undrafted rookie Izaan Cross, who had a quiet preseason and was considered a long shot to make the 53-man roster. The Bills, so far, have kept eight defensive linemen on their roster, which is about 2-3 higher than most had projected.
Elsewhere, the Buffalo News' Tim Graham tweeted Friday evening that the Bills are attempting to trade linebacker Bryan Scott, which would continue to shuffle the deck as Saturday's deadline approaches.
Another name that stands out: offensive lineman Doug Legursky. He was carted off the field after suffering what coach Doug Marrone said initially looks like a serious leg injury. The Bills released both Antoine Caldwell and David Snow, who were the two players most likely to fill Legursky's role as the top interior backup. If Legursky winds up being placed on injured reserve, it would not be surprising if the Bills swung a trade or scoured the waiver wire for an interior offensive lineman.