Updated look at Bills' roster

August, 30, 2013
8/30/13
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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:

QUARTERBACK (3)
EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Thad Lewis

RUNNING BACK (3)
C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Tashard Choice

FULLBACK (1)
Frank Summers

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

CORNERBACK (5)
Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Ron Brooks, Justin Rogers, Nickell Robey

SAFETY (5)
Jairus Byrd, Aaron Williams, Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks

SPECIALISTS (3)
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.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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