AFC East: 2014 NFL Roster Projection

Examining the New England Patriots' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Garoppolo has made a serious run at the No. 2 job, putting Mallett's spot in jeopardy. Mallett sticks here because Bill Belichick has previously talked about how quarterback is one position where a team can never have enough depth.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

Played a hunch at this spot last week with Ridley and looks like that was off the mark. Haven't seen enough spark from White to move away from Ridley.

FULLBACKS (1)

That he was held out of the preseason finale speaks to the valuable contributor that he has become.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

If the preseason finale is any indication, with Wright playing 43 of 70 snaps (including penalties), the former Buccaneer is going to be a significant part of the team's plans.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5)

Haven't seen enough from Josh Boyce to warrant giving him a roster spot. Wonder if there would be any trade interest there.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

The Logan Mankins trade came down so quickly on Tuesday, it reshapes the look of this group significantly. Chris Barker, Jon Halapio and/or Braxston Cave are strong practice squad candidates.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Vellano's standing was reflected in that he didn't play in the preseason finale, which probably means he has earned a spot. Jerel Worthy to the practice squad?

LINEBACKERS (6)

Beauharnais has been back and forth between the roster and practice squad in past projections, but his value in leading the defense is deemed important in the final projection, especially with Mayo and Hightower dealing with ailments that have kept them off the field.

CORNERBACKS (6*)

Because Browner is suspended for the first four regular-season games, he won't count against the initial 53-man roster limit. But he is included here because he is obviously a significant part of the team's overall planning for the 2014 season. Butler, an undrafted free agent from West Alabama, was the surprise story of the preseason. Now the question is who starts opposite Revis.

SAFETIES (4)

In an unexpected twist, it looks like Chung and Wilson could provide more value to the team from a defensive/special teams standpoint than Duron Harmon, who is eligible for the practice squad and could land there.

SPECIALISTS (4)

No surprises here, unless the Patriots keep their eyes on available snappers.

Buffalo Bills' projected roster

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Examining the Buffalo Bills' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Anyone have a coin to flip? That's the way this position could go. The Bills will be monitoring the waiver wire closely in the next few days. If better backup options than Tuel or Palmer become available, that's the way they could go.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

No changes here. This group appears set.

FULLBACKS (1)

No changes here. Still no spot for Evan Rodriguez.

RECEIVERS (6)

No changes here. Will another injury to Watkins open a spot for T.J. Graham? We'll say no.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

No changes here. This projection leaves off Tony Moeaki, who still hasn't been able to return from a hamstring injury. The Bills could probably bring him back later -- at a reduced cost -- if they desire.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

No changes here. Sticking with both Urbik and Legursky for now, although it's possible the Bills only keep one of the two veteran interior men in the long-term. Williams' injury "concerns" Doug Marrone, providing more reason to go nine-deep here.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

No changes here. The Bills might not keep all nine of these players in the long-term, but for now, they're worth sticking around.

LINEBACKERS (5)

No changes here. Brown starts for Bradham in Week 1 and this unit gets back to full strength in Week 2.

CORNERBACKS (6)

No changes here. Gilmore and Graham missed the preseason finale with injuries.

SAFETIES (4)

No changes here. Searcy looks to have edged out Duke Williams for the competition to start next to Aaron Williams.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No changes here. Marrone is still kicking around the idea of a kickoff specialist, which could give Jordan Gay a chance to stick. They'll be working off a small sample size.

New York Jets' projected roster

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Examining the New York Jets' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Smith and Vick are locked in at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Simms didn't play particularly well in the preseason finale, but he made enough progress over the summer to win a spot. His position coach, David Lee, thinks the world of Simms. The Jets could try to get cute, attemping to slip him through waivers for the practice squad, but why take a chance with a quarterback who might develop into a solid No. 2 down the road? Rookie Tajh Boyd, a sixth-round pick, showed flashes in the finale, but it was too little, too late.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

It's a tough call between Richardson and Alex Green; there's sentiment for both in the organization. In the end, it will be Richardson, a better receiver than Green, who fumbled twice Thursday night. It's an insurance position, anyway, as the Jets figure to dress only four running backs per week.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

The big story on the final cutdown is Stephen Hill, a former second-round pick who played his way from a near lock at the start of camp to squarely on the bubble. He didn't get many opportunities Thursday night, but he failed to seize what opportunities he did get -- i.e. yet another dropped pass. The Jets would love to trade Hill, but it might be hard to find a taker. If he makes the team, it's because they're afraid he might actually realize his potential, and that would be embarrassing if it happens with another team. Salas isn't a lock, not after a so-so outing in the final game, but his above-average camp can't be dismissed. Clyde Gates is pushing because of his speed and kickoff-returning ablity. Hakim was one of the underdog stories in camp, winning a job because of his special-teams prowess.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

This is fairly straight forward, although a strong finish by Chris Pantale might cause them to give pause. Cumberland will need time to get up to speed after missing significant time with Achilles' tendon tightness, so Amar0 -- better of late -- might have to carry the day early in the season. It was a solid camp for Sudfeld, but the knock on him is that he fades when the lights go on. Is there a legit blocker in the house?

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Winters played in the final preseason game, which should tell you something. Chances are he'll hold off Aboushi at left guard, but he shouldn't get too comfortable. Aboushi will continue to be the swing right tackle/guard, pushing Winters. Freeman beat out Caleb Schlauderaff for one reserve spot. Ijalana probably will make it by default, because he's the only backup left tackle, but the Jets will be looking for an upgrade. Dozier is this year's version of Aboushi and Will Campbell, meaning it will be a "redshirt" season.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)

This is one of the top young defensive lines in the league, a tough group to crack. The coaches really like T.J. Barnes, a Jacksonville Jaguars castoff who worked hard to drop 20-plus pounds. Unfortunately, there's no room at the inn.

LINEBACKERS (8)

Edds is the surprise here, coming out of nowhere to win a job. He was a non-roster player in minicamp but earned a contract, displaying excellent coverage skills and ability on special teams. Troy Davis (quadriceps) and rookie IK Enemkpali (foot) were sabotaged by late injuries. Babin, signed on the eve of training camp, looks like he will be a nice pickup. Antwan Barnes, still not practicing, probably will start the season on the physically unable to perform list, meaning he must sit at least six weeks. Fifth-round pick Jeremiah George could be a rare draft pick that gets cut. Ditto for seventh-rounder Trevor Reilly, which won't make it so rare.

CORNERBACKS (7)

It's hard to imagine the suspended Dimitri Patterson on the opening-day roster. The question is, how and when do they dump him? Not only was he AWOL for 48 hours, but he called out Rex Ryan and John Idzik, basically accusing them of lying. This situation could get uglier before it gets resolved. If Idzik doesn't replace Patterson, it's because he's desperate for cornerbacks and doesn't want to admit he made a mistake by signing him in free agency. It would be a shock if they don't acquire a veteran, either in a trade or on waivers. We're listing Allen at cornerback, not safety, because ... well, they're hurting here. Lewis and Patrick make it by default -- unless something better comes along. Sixth-round pick Brandon Dixon is raw and needs time to develop.

SAFETIES (4)

Pryor has a chance to be special; he'll learn a lot, playing alongside Landry. The new addition here is Bush, who offers help on special teams -- a big point of emphasis after a couple of down years.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Quigley helped his cause with an improved performance in the final game, but one thing we know about the Jets: They like to change punters.

Miami Dolphins' projected roster

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Examining the Miami Dolphins' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin kept three quarterbacks his first two years. But expect that streak to end, as Seth Lobato didn't show enough to be Miami's No. 3.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Williams, an undrafted free agent, had a good camp and preseason to unseat Miami draft bust Daniel Thomas.

RECEIVERS (7)

Seven is probably too many receivers. But Thigpen only counts as a kick returner.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

The Dolphins are thin behind Clay. Hoskins outlasted Michael Egnew and injured rookie Arthur Lynch.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)

This group still has something to prove. The sooner Pouncey can get back on the field, the better.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

No issues here. The Dolphins are deep in the trenches.

LINEBACKERS (7)

I'm still not sure the switch between Ellerbe and Misi will drastically improve this unit. We will find out soon enough.

CORNERBACKS (4)

This group has experience in the starting lineup and youth on the second team.

SAFETIES (5)
Reshad Jones' four-game suspension opened up a spot for a bubble player at safety.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Sturgis' groin injury is concerning. But he has 10 days to get healthy before the regular season.

New York Jets' projected roster

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Examining the New York Jets' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
It's official: Smith is the starter. In other news, Joe Namath is cool -- still. Simms is now practice-squad eligible based on the new rules, giving the Jets an added option if they want to carry only two quarterbacks. But exposing him to waivers is risky, especially after a nice performance against the New York Giants, salsa dance excluded.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Rex Ryan said he'd like to carry four tailbacks. Neither Richardson nor Alex Green has dazzled in the preseason games, but we're giving a slight edge to Richardson based on practice reps and game snaps. Chad Young was released, leaving Bohanon as the only fullback.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Jacoby Ford is out (cut), Hakim is in. Ryan said Hakim is his kickoff returner, adding, "He is one of the fastest guys in this league, and we feel pretty good about him." Sounds like a pretty good endorsement. On the wrong side of the cut line are Clyde Gates and Greg Salas, both of whom are having solid preseasons. Hill probably will make it by default unless they can move him in a trade.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

The story of the past week has been Amaro, who looks like he finally gets it. The second-round pick has a team-high eight catches in the preseason for 79 yards and a touchdown. Cumberland has missed the last two games with an Achilles' tendon injury. He'd best hurry back.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Winter has locked up the left guard job, not that there was much of a doubt. Aboushi is an important reserve because he can play right tackle and both guard spots. Freeman has solidified the backup center job despite having no regular-season experience. Then again, none of the backups do.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)

Big T.J. Barnes is having a solid camp, but he could get caught in the numbers game. This is a tough unit to crack.

LINEBACKERS (8)

We're dropping rookie IK Enemkpali, who developed a mysterious foot injury that sidelined him last Friday night. He's had a few big moments this summer, but they probably can bring him back on the practice squad. A leg injury hurts Troy Davis' chances.

CORNERBACKS (7)

Enemkpaili's spot will go to Lewis, who was praised by Ryan after Friday night's game. This is hardly a "Who's Who?" at cornerback, but we decided to keep an extra corner in light of the news about Patterson. General manager John Idzik needs to make a bold move to shore up this position.

SAFETIES (4)

We're still counting Allen as a safety even though it's possible he could open the season at corner -- if he opens at all, as now he's dealing with a concussion. Pryor, their No. 1 pick, had a couple of hiccups agains the Giants, but that's to be expected.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Quigley is on the hot seat after a poor game. He's on a good week/bad week trend, not the safest way for a punter to go about his job. It's a musical-chairs position, and he needs a strong finish to the preseason in order to keep his seat.
Examining the New England Patriots' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Might be the best quarterback depth chart, from top to bottom, in Bill Belichick's 15 years as coach.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

The Patriots are always good for a surprise, and we've had our antenna up at this position since early July. If there's a surprise, we'll play a hunch at this spot with Stevan Ridley, whose low snap total Friday (11 snaps) in a "dress rehearsal" game caught the eye. Meanwhile, Roy Finch lands on the practice squad.

FULLBACKS (1)

The Patriots are relying on him a lot, given their shortage at tight end.

TIGHT ENDS (2)

A position to monitor on the waiver wire and in free agency to see if any options present themselves, similar to last year with Matthew Mulligan.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

Last week, we had Brian Tyms making the club but not counting against the 53-man roster because of his four-game suspension to open the season. But the fact he hasn't received any playing time with Tom Brady has me rethinking that scenario. I wonder if Boyce could generate any trade interest from teams who might have been high on him in the 2013 draft. Assuming there's nothing there, it feels generous to keep him based on his training camp and preseason performance, but the depth might be needed, especially with a thinner tight-end situation. But one thing to consider is that he is practice-squad eligible.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)

The feeling here is that the Patriots' best line to start the season is the one they finished with in 2013, which isn't probably the way they planned it to go, in part because of Stork's injury that has sidelined him since the fifth day of training camp. Sixth-round pick Jon Halapio would wind up on the practice squad in this scenario, which would make this writer look foolish for declaring him a sure-fire lock back in July. The hope would be to have him clear waivers and land on the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Veteran Will Smith is one of the odd men out in this scenario, while the Patriots would have a potential coup if Jerel Worthy clears waivers and ends up on their practice squad, now that he's eligible. I don't think Moore would get through, based on his unique physical traits and high ceiling.

LINEBACKERS (5)

A little thin at this spot. We wouldn't be shocked if veteran James Anderson somehow isn't part of the initial roster because he isn't showing up on many top special-teams units and projects to more of a niche coverage-type role. Banking on Steve Beauharnais clearing waivers and landing on the practice squad.

CORNERBACKS (6*)

Because Browner is suspended for the first four regular-season games, he won't count against the initial 53-man roster limit. But he is included here because he is obviously a significant part of the team's overall planning for the 2014 season. Butler, an undrafted free agent from West Alabama, is the surprise story of the preseason.

SAFETIES (4)

The toughest decision was between Chung and Tavon Wilson, and perhaps they both stick -- or both go. The reason Chung gets the nod is that there's a chance Wilson could still stick on the practice squad if he clears waivers, based on new eligibility rules.

SPECIALISTS (4)

Things are looking settled here as specialists had a highlight Friday with Gostkowski's 60-yard field goal.

Buffalo Bills' projected roster

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Examining the Buffalo Bills' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
The Bills will have to make a decision on Lewis by the end of the week. There's a chance that he sticks as the No. 3 quarterback, but why not take a shot on another quarterback who hits the waiver wire? The Bills might be worse at this position than any team in the NFL.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

No changes here. Barring an injury, this group appears set.

FULLBACKS (1)

No changes here. Still no spot for Evan Rodriguez.

RECEIVERS (6)

No changes here. Injuries to Watkins and Goodwin bear watching but still don't open an extra spot for T.J. Graham, who was also injured in Saturday's loss.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

This projection leaves off Tony Moeaki, who still hasn't been able to return from a hamstring injury. The Bills could probably bring him back later -- at a reduced cost -- if they so desire.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

No changes here. Sticking with both Urbik and Legursky for now, although it's possible the Bills only keep one of the two veteran interior men. Henderson seems to have earned a starting job, while Urbik lost his. With so many moving parts, including an injury to Williams, it makes sense to keep an extra player around here.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Going an extra player deep here with the addition of Cohen. The Bills used Bryant in place of Williams (leg injury) on Saturday and he was impressive. Charles and Cohen round out the depth chart at a deep position.

LINEBACKERS (5)

With Stevenson Sylvester placed on injured reserve, this position gets thinned down to five players for the season opener. It'll be a more robust group once Bradham returns in Week 2.

CORNERBACKS (6)

No changes here. We might see Graham at safety, providing further roster security for Brooks.

SAFETIES (4)

No changes here. Searcy looks to have edged out Duke Williams for the competition to start next to Aaron Williams.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No changes here. Dustin Hopkins falls short in his bid to make it as a kickoff specialist.

Miami Dolphins' projected roster

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Examining the Miami Dolphins' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

It's still questionable if Miami keeps three quarterbacks. But this is something coach Joe Philbin has done the previous two years.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Moreno and Williams are making a strong push this past week. Daniel Thomas looks to be on the outside looking in.

RECEIVERS (6)

This remains one of the deepest areas of the team.

TIGHT ENDS (3)
Arthur Lynch also could be in consideration now that Miami has cut former third-round pick Michael Egnew.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)

Pouncey's rehab is going well. So well that I'm now including him on the 53-man roster and off the PUP list, which would require him to miss the first six games.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

Strong group with a variety of youth and experience.

LINEBACKERS (7)

Miami's linebackers still have a lot to prove. Rookie backups Tripp and McCain could be nice sleepers this year.

CORNERBACKS (4)

This is a solid foursome, but staying healthy is key.

SAFETIES (5)

Someone in this group may have to go once starter Reshad Jones returns from his four-game suspension.

SPECIALISTS (3)

An injury to free-agent pickup John Potter means Sturgis must get back sooner rather than later.
Examining the New England Patriots' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)
Garoppolo keeps showing impressive poise and presence, while Mallett played well Friday night as well.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

Don't have many doubts that Bolden will be there, but wondering if there is a way Roy Finch might be able to sneak on the roster. In this scenario, he'll land on the practice squad instead.

FULLBACKS (1)

Showed up as a pass-catcher in Friday's game as he continues to round out his skills.

TIGHT ENDS (2)

Sticking with just two, with the thinking that Develin could factor into this mix and players like D.J. Williams and/or Steve Maneri will be on the emergency list.

WIDE RECEIVERS (7*)

Tyms sticks because he won't count against the roster initially as part of his four-game suspension. Boyce hasn't done enough to warrant a spot, but his future potential and the feeling that it's too early to give up on him keeps him on for now.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Time to start paying more attention to Devey, the first-year player from Memphis who spent last year on the practice squad, as a legitimate candidate to earn a roster spot. He takes the place of sixth-round draft choice Jon Halapio in this scenario, with the team's hope that Halapio could land on the practice squad.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Would like to find a way to keep Will Smith, but spots are tough to come by and he hasn't done much to distinguish himself at this point. If Siliga's injury is more of a long-term situation, it could open the door for someone like Jerel Worthy.

LINEBACKERS (6)

The Patriots could explore the waiver wire at this spot, as the depth is a question mark behind the top trio.

CORNERBACKS (6*)

Because Browner is suspended for the first four regular-season games, he won't count against the initial 53-man roster limit. But he is included here because he is obviously a significant part of the team's overall planning for the 2014 season. Butler, an undrafted free agent from West Alabama, continues to make plays.

SAFETIES (4)
Patrick Chung and Tavon Wilson could be part of the emergency list in the event of injury, while cornerbacks Arrington and Ryan could also factor into the mix.

SPECIALISTS (4)

Aiken looks more secure this week after the release of Tyler Ott on Sunday.

Miami Dolphins' projected roster

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Examining the Miami Dolphins' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

It remains to be seen if Miami keeps three quarterbacks. But the addition of Quinn, a former first-round pick, makes this an interesting decision.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Williams returned from injury and showed toughness. Health permitting, he could steal a roster spot the next few weeks from veteran tailback Daniel Thomas.

RECEIVERS (6)

All these receivers have a chance to be productive. Should the Dolphins consider a trade here to help another position?

TIGHT ENDS (3)

The third tight end spot remains in the air. Brackett, Arthur Lynch and Michael Egnew are all close.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)

The Dolphins still haven't decided on their starting five, particularly at right guard.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

Fede and Johnson have both made their presence felt and should make the 53-man roster.

LINEBACKERS (7)

I still don't have a ton of confidence in this group. This could be a weakness on the team.

CORNERBACKS (4)

The Dolphins must stay healthy here. But they also have some safeties with position flexibility.

SAFETIES (5)

It's Wilson's time to shine in the starting lineup with Reshad Jones' four-game suspension looming.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Sturgis' groin injury is making things interesting. Free-agent pickup John Potter kicked well against Tampa Bay.

Buffalo Bills' projected roster

August, 18, 2014
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Examining the Buffalo Bills' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Big change here, as this projection leaves Thad Lewis off the roster. Through a month's worth of training camp practices and preseason games, Lewis has shown to be erratic as a passer and looks to have fallen behind Tuel in the backup quarterback competition. If Lewis is released, the Bills could scour the waiver wire to find a third quarterback to start learning the system.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

No changes here. Barring an injury, this group appears set.

FULLBACKS (1)

No changes here. Still no spot for Evan Rodriguez.

RECEIVERS (6)

No changes here. Injuries to Watkins and Goodwin bear watching but still don't open an extra spot for T.J. Graham.

TIGHT ENDS (4)

With Moeaki still hobbled by a hamstring injury, Gragg is added to this projection. We could see this one going a number of ways. Moeaki's health is the hinge point.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

No changes here. Urbik and Pears played the entire first half Saturday and should hold onto their starting jobs after some questions earlier in camp. It's not known what Henderson's role will be once Glenn returns, but he could make for an ideal swing tackle.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

Despite signing a three-year extension in December, Alan Branch's days in Buffalo could be numbered. This projection leaves him off the roster and gives the last spot to Corbin Bryant, who was the first backup defensive tackle on the field Saturday. Landon Cohen is another candidate.

LINEBACKERS (6)

We'll swap out Jimmy Gaines for Sylvester, who will fill Bradham's place on the roster for Week 1.

CORNERBACKS (6)

No changes here. Still no McKelvin in game action this preseason, so going six deep here makes sense.

SAFETIES (4)

No changes here. The coaching staff has given Duke Williams a chance to push Searcy for a starting role, but for right now, Searcy remains in that spot.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No changes here. Dustin Hopkins' groin injury puts a dent in his bid to make it as a kickoff specialist.

New York Jets' projected roster

August, 18, 2014
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Examining the New York Jets' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

No changes from last week or the week before that or ... well, you get the idea. The only question here is when Smith gets the official starting nod. Rookie Tajh Boyd missed an opportunity, struggling mightily against the Cincinnati Bengals.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

Richardson is squarely on the bubble. With Ivory (ribs) banged up, it makes sense to keep Richardson as insurance. But is that insurance more valuable than another defensive lineman or linebacker? Decisions, decisions.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

Saunders was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason after a one-car accident late last week, according to the team. I'm starting to get the sense he has a medical-related issue that could impact his immediate playing status. For now, we'll keep him on the roster. Clyde Gates and Greg Salas have turned it up, putting pressure on the fifth and sixth guys. Gates and Ford are similar players -- speed guys with kickoff returning ability -- so it'll be one or the other.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

With Cumberland (tight Achilles' tendon) sitting out, Amaro saw significant action against the Bengals and made some strides. Believe it or not, he leads the team with 42 receiving yards. Eat your heart out, Mike Ditka.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Even though Aboushi started for Winters against the Bengals, the top five appear set. Aboushi's versatility is a plus; he can play both tackle and both guard spots. The Caleb Schlauderaff era could be winding down.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)

Defensive line and tight end are the only position groups that have remained status quo throughout our weekly projections.

LINEBACKERS (9)

Stop the presses, we have a change: We're dropping fifth-round pick Jeremiah George, replacing him with Enemkpali. If the world according to John Idzik truly is a meritocracy, how can they ignore Enemkpali, who has a team-high two sacks and a blocked punt? Granted, he's playing against backups, but so is George -- and he isn't producing as much as Enemkpali, a sixth-round pick.

CORNERBACKS (6)

Welcome to the most beleaguered position group on the team. Ras-I Dowling aggravated a groin injury against the Bengals, continuing the trend from his days with the New England Patriots: He's always hurt. So we dropped Dowling in favor of Patrick, whose playing time has increased. Lankster has been been a nice surprise.

SAFETIES (4)

Yeah, we still consider Allen a safety even though he started at corner. Things could change, of course. Pryor left his calling card in Cincinnati, that's for sure.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Quigley responded to some pressure from Jacob Schum with a nice game, averaging 51.0 (gross) and 47.3 (net).

Buffalo Bills' projected roster

August, 11, 2014
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Examining the Buffalo Bills' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

No changes here. Doug Marrone said Sunday there's still no clear front-runner in the Lewis-Tuel battle, although Tuel's stats have been better in preseason play.

RUNNING BACKS (4)
No changes here. Interesting comments from Marrone last week, when he said he won't put more than two backs into his weekly game plans. That could limit opportunities for Brown and Dixon.

FULLBACKS (1)

No changes here. Still no spot for Evan Rodriguez.

RECEIVERS (6)

No changes here. Some shifting of the depth chart, with Chris Hogan and Mike Williams rising through the last week of practice.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

No changes here. Chandler and Moeaki returned to practice last week, which brings this position closer to full health. Don't see a spot for Chris Gragg.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

No changes here. Chris Hairston looks to have fallen behind on the right guard battle, with Richardson and Urbik splitting first-team reps. The return of Glenn from the NFI list may move Kouandjio into the No. 4 tackle role, further cementing Hairston's position on the outside of the bubble.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (8)

No changes here. The competition is heating up at reserve defensive tackle, where Landon Cohen is making a push after two strong preseason games. Alan Branch could be sliding down the depth chart.

LINEBACKERS (6)

No changes here. We'll continue to give Gaines the edge for the final spot with Bradham suspended for Week 1. Veteran Stevenson Sylvester would be another option in that role.

CORNERBACKS (6)

No changes here. Brooks continues to come on strong and looks to be in good position to make the final roster. This remains the deepest group on the team, although McKelvin's health continues to bear watching.

SAFETIES (4)

No changes here. Duke Williams has begun to push Searcy for the starting job, but he'll need a consistent effort over the remainder of the preseason.

SPECIALISTS (3)

No changes here. Dustin Hopkins will need to be a touchback machine for the rest of the preseason to earn a spot as the second kicker.

New York Jets' projected roster

August, 11, 2014
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Examining the New York Jets' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

Status quo on the quarterback front, as all three spots remain clearly defined at this point. Rookie Tajh Boyd, who didn't play in the preseason opener, is expected to play against the Cincinnati Bengals.

RUNNING BACKS (5)

The Jets are debating whether to keep four or five backs. With Ivory (ribs) nursing an injury, with Powell coming off a hamstring injury and with Johnson returning from knee surgery, it makes sense to keep five. Good news for Richardson.

WIDE RECEIVERS (6)

 
Evans has a shoulder injury that could sideline him for the season, according to Rex Ryan. It sounds like a classic injured-reserve stash, but that's just our opinion. At any rate, we're replacing Evans with the speedy Ford, the No. 1 kickoff returner on the team.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Sudfeld continues to impress, showing an ability to line up in different positions around the formation. Truth be told, he's more reliable than Amaro, who continues to struggle with drops. Ryan wants Amaro to show a little nasty when the ball is in the air.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)

Freeman didn't help his chances with a bad shotgun snap in the preseason opener. Ijalana didn't help his chances by allowing a sack. Ryan raved about Winters' performance against the Indianapolis Colts. It looks like the starting guards will be Winters and Colon.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (5)

We're sticking with the same old five, but a word of warning: Big T.J. Barnes (6-foot-7, 364 pounds) is coming on. He actually dropped 20 pounds, prompting Ryan to invoke the old "deck-chair-off-the-Titanic" line.

LINEBACKERS (9)

Edds, one of the surprises in camp, got some first-team snaps in the opener, playing the "Will" position. He's an instinctive player with the ability to play pass coverage. George, a fifth-round pick, is starting to flash in practice.

CORNERBACKS (6)

Tough break, losing Dexter McDougle to a season-ending knee injury. Now Milliner (ankle) is banged-up, too, and could miss a few weeks. To replace McDougle, we're bumping up Dowling, the former second-round pick of the New England Patriots. Who else is there?

SAFETIES (4)

Pryor, recovered from a concussion, is practicing at full speed, looking forward to his preseason debut. He's still with the second team, but he will work his way into first-team reps. It's time for Josh Bush and Rontez Miles to make their moves, via special teams.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Kicker Andrew Furney is a terrific story. He kicked a 51-yard field goal to beat the Colts. Ryan's nickname for him is "Furnace," because he's on a hot streak. Alas, he won't be able to unseat Folk.

Miami Dolphins' projected roster

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Examining the Miami Dolphins' roster:

QUARTERBACKS (3)

I'm still not sure Miami keeps three quarterbacks here. But if that's the case, it will be Devlin. Seth Lobato didn't show well in the preseason opener.

RUNNING BACKS (3)

Moreno looks closer to coming back from his knee injury. Damien Williams unfortunately was injured, although the severity is unknown.

RECEIVERS (7)

I added Thigpen this week as a late addition and the team's best kick returner.

TIGHT ENDS (3)

Miami could very well keep four tight ends. But I'm still waiting for that fourth player to emerge.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (10)

This group played better than expected in the preseason opener against Atlanta.

DEFENSIVE LINE (8)

No issues with this deep bunch.

LINEBACKERS (7)

Freeny is back on the 53-man roster after a solid week of practice. However, he's still fighting for a roster spot.

CORNERBACKS (4)

The Dolphins must stay healthy at corner.

SAFETIES (5)
Reshad Jones' four-game suspension last week opens a roster spot.

SPECIALISTS (3)

You can pencil in this trio for the regular season right now.

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