Revisiting the Bills 'Bubble Watch'

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
12:05
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Last month, just prior to the start of training camp, we posted a wrap-up of our summer "Bubble Watch" series for the Buffalo Bills.

Players on the Bills' 90-man roster were separated into three categories: locks or near locks, on the bubble and long shots. Each player "on the bubble" was assigned a percentage chance of making the final roster.

With the Bills trimming their roster to 53 players Saturday, let's evaluate our predictions from July:

Locks or near locks: 35 of 38 made the 53-man roster.
  • Where we missed: QB Thad Lewis, C Doug Legursky, DT Alan Branch
  • Analysis: General manager Doug Whaley expressed confidence in Lewis from January through the summer, noting his 2-3 record as a starter last season. On the field, Lewis slipped as OTAs progressed into minicamp, training camp and the preseason. In fact, EJ Manuel was the only quarterback on the training camp roster who made it past final cuts. Legursky was the victim of solid play from Seantrel Henderson, whose move to right tackle pushed Erik Pears to guard and Legursky off the roster. Branch's demise is well-documented at this point.
On the bubble: 16 of 26 made the 53-man roster. Long shots: 0 of 25 made the 53-man roster.
  • Analysis: Well, I guess that's why they call them long shots. The Bills didn't have any undrafted free agents make their 53-man roster, which contributed to this category being 100 percent accurate.
Signed after "Bubble Watch:" QB Kyle Orton, P Colton Schmidt, P/K Jordan Gay

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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