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On Friday, the Buffalo Bills will practice for the final time this season. It will be the last chance for the members of Buffalo's eight-man practice squad to impress the coaching staff.
On Monday, the first day of the offseason, the Bills will have the option of signing players on their practice squad to "future" contracts that will begin at the start of the 2014 league year in March. If re-signed, the practice-squad players become members of the 90-man offseason roster.
For the practice-squad players who aren't re-signed, their contracts will expire after a week. They can then sign elsewhere, including with playoff teams.
Here is look at the Bills' current practice squad and how things might unfold with each player next week:
Quarterback Dennis Dixon
Signed: Oct. 8
Quick take: It's doubtful that Dixon has a future in Buffalo, but given their uncertain situation at quarterback, he could stick around for the offseason as an extra arm.
Wide receiver Cordell Roberson
Signed: Oct. 29
Quick take: It would be an upset if Roberson didn't sign a future deal. The undrafted rookie has good size -- he's 6-foot-4 -- and that's just what the Bills need at receiver. The Stephen F. Austin product makes an ideal developmental project.
Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman
Signed: Dec. 10
Quick take: Like Roberson, Kaufman is an undrafted rookie with excellent size (6-5, 215 pounds). He spent all of training camp in Buffalo, and could have another chance to crack the roster this summer if re-signed.
Offensive lineman Edawn Coughman
Signed: Sept. 2
Quick take: This was Coughman's second season in the NFL and he spent all of it on the Bills' practice squad. He's a small-school prospect, having played in Division II at Shaw University. The Bills are looking to get bigger along their offensive line, and at 6-4 and 313 pounds, Coughman fits the bill.
Offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb
Signed: Dec. 3
Quick take: Johnson-Webb is an undrafted rookie who is already on his fourth NFL team, which often signals that he has drawn the interest of scouts. His size (6-6, 306 pounds) could be one reason why.
Defensive lineman Ikponmwosa Igbinosun
Signed: Nov. 12
Quick take: "Ike" is a second-year player from Southern Connecticut State. The Bills don't have much of a need at defensive line, but he could still stick around into the offseason.
Linebacker Jacquies Smith
Signed: Oct. 15
Quick take: Smith had a strong junior campaign at Missouri, landing him on the Lombardi Award watch list in 2011. Even as a senior, he tallied five sacks and forced four fumbles, so he has some upside as a pass-rusher. If the Bills feel like Smith is developing, expect him to remain in Buffalo this offseason.
Cornerback Mario Butler
Signed: Nov. 19
Quick take: The Georgia Tech product has now exhausted his practice-squad eligibility, which could make him less appealing for the Bills in 2014. At 6-1, he has ideal size for his position, but time could be running out for the 25-year-old to take the next step in his NFL career.
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