Analysis: Ferguson’s job as the long snapper is safe. The Buffalo Bills, at least for the time being, have finalized their roster for the 2018 regular season. Dawson Knox, Tyler Kroft, Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney, Jason Croom, Nate Becker. Following the 2017 season, his second All-Pro season, Bell entered a one-way, acrimonious contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It could be that Bell’s patient style is only effective with an offensive scheme like Pittsburgh’s. The Roster List for 2020 Buffalo Bills. He would eventually hold out for the entirety of the 2018 … It will need to if the offense in general is going to improve. It does mean that the Bills will go with a different roster setup than they did last season, though, when they carried just two quarterbacks on the active roster. It would be a positive development if he can become a trusted reserve. How will Bills fare against Titans in rare Tuesday night football? The Titans’ outbreak is no surprise to John Sellick, an epidemiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Kaleida Health and UB professor. 2 job. The biggest takeaway so far this offseason along the line is that the coaching staff is apparently comfortable with Ford at tackle. It still might be a luxury signing, and it’s arguable that the Chiefs (considered a Super Bowl favorite) or the Dolphins (in Miami, currently running seventh-round pick Myles Gaskin) might be Bell’s top choices. Analysis: The same starting five – or six – return from last year, counting the rotation among Ford and Nsekhe at right tackle. That leaves five open spots. This was easily Josh Allen’s worst game of the season. Dion Dawkins, Quinton Spain, Mitch Morse, Jon Feliciano, Cody Ford, Ty Nsekhe, Spencer Long, Daryl Williams, Ryan Bates, Evan Boehm, Ike Boettger, Garrett McGhin, Victor Salako, Trey Adams, Marquel Harrell, Brandon Halton. If Knox can clean up his problem with drops, he could be in line for a breakout season. There will be good competition for not just the final one or two spots on the active roster, but also for the practice squad, given that it would make sense to use one of the two weekly call-ups to the active roster on a lineman. As Gaughan pointed out, the expanded roster spot also makes it easier to carry a kickoff specialist. Analysis: What the Bills lack in star power, they make up for in depth up front. How to explain Bell’s Jets performance? Analysis: Three starting jobs are nailed down in the secondary – White at cornerback and the dynamic safety duo of Hyde and Poyer. It’s understandable that the team wants to give him another shot there. Matakevich will have one reserve role based on his expected contributions on special teams. “I think competition is the word that I would walk away with today if I were you guys,” he said Saturday after the draft. As my colleague Mark Gaughan wrote, 1 through 10, there is probably not a deeper defensive line in the NFL. Kroft is a reliable veteran No. He’s a beast on special teams. Analysis: The trade for Diggs turned this into one of the better-looking groups in the NFL. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies. I wouldn’t be in a rush to do that. Maybe it’s the offensive line to blame—they were so bad, the Jets replaced the entire unit in the offseason. Report: Free agent Le’Veon Bell deciding between Buffalo Bills, two other teams, Report: Free agent Le’Veon Bell deciding between Bills, two other teams, Takeaways: Mistakes, coaching, and execution all lacking as Buffalo Bills lose to Tennessee Titans, According to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bills 16, Titans 42: Rapid recap and notes, Opinion: Buffalo Bills’ defense is a huge problem, Buy your Buffalo Bills 2020 sideline hats right now, Watch: Josh Allen throws an absolute dime to T.J. Yeldon for a TD, Watch: Josh Allen with the quick toss to Isaiah Mckenzie for a TD. It could come down to Neal and Jackson for the sixth and final cornerback spot. Given the depth they’ve assembled, it would be a big surprise if they started with less than nine up front this year. Can Roberts do enough to earn a spot primarily as a return specialist? Watch now: If fans are actually allowed to attend Bills games this season, is it safe to go. He did not look in sync with his receivers from the start, writes Jay Skurski. He averaged 1120 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, and 4.5 yards per carry in those four seasons, and also had an average receiving slash of 67/565/2. The Bills have nine receivers who have either made meaningful contributions to an active NFL roster or were drafted by the team this year. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and twice named All-Pro. Gaines, Taron Johnson, Dane Jackson, Cam Lewis, Siran Neal, Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Dean Marlowe, Jaquan Johnson, Josh Thomas, Ike Brown, Garrett Taylor. Jones figures to be safe as a contributor on special teams. They also have no excuses for what transpired Tuesday night in Nashville. They also drafted Zack Moss, who is going to form a … That could be either Bass or Vedvik, who has the ability to both kick and punt, although he hasn’t shown he can do either of them particularly well in four previous NFL stops. Evaluating the Bills' depth chart following NFL draft, 'So we lose a prime-time game against the Chiefs?' After that, it’s wide open. Can McKenzie again carve out a role as a jet-sweep specialist? From a talent perspective, he’s one of the 53 best players on the roster. It’s been written (by me, about a thousand times) that the line in 2019 was improved, but had nowhere to go but up from 2018. You have permission to edit this article. Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano, A.J. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, he has three options in mind: The Kansas City Chiefs, the Miami Dolphins, and the Buffalo Bills. That’s understandable. After that, there will be a pair of interesting competitions for kicker and punter. There’s nothing wrong with having quality depth. As a unit, they’ve rushed for 356 yards and a single touchdown on 88 carries, a pedestrian 4.0 yards per carry. Take out T.J. Yeldon, who had a 34-yard scamper this week, and it looks even worse: Devin Singletary and Zack Moss have rushed for just 3.67 yards per carry. It’s easy to see why. From 2014-2017, Bell was a star running back, one of the best in the league. He’s entering the final year of his contract and reduced his base salary in a move to give him a better chance of making the final roster. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News). General Manager Brandon Beane simplified his takeaway to a single word. Rust could be a factor, but Bell never hit his stride late in the 2019 season. Klein, Tyler Matakevich, Vosean Joseph, Corey Thompson, Tyrel Dodson, Del’Shawn Phillips, Mike Bell, Analysis: Edmunds, Milano and Klein will be the starters and have plenty of playing time the past two years. There’s not much intrigue at safety as the four jobs look set. The competition for what figures to be three jobs behind them should be great. You could argue for age, with Bell first entering the league seven years ago, but he’s still only 28, and took a full year off. That puts Yeldon firmly on the roster bubble. Could the former star running back reignite with the Bills? Epenesa, Harrison Phillips, Mario Addison, Quinton Jefferson, Vernon Butler, Darryl Johnson Jr., Mike Love, Jonathan Woodard, Vincent Taylor. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. He was still a key receiver for the team, but rushed for a career-low 3.2 yards per carry. Stefon Diggs, John Brown, Cole Beasley, Isaiah McKenzie, Duke Williams, Andre Roberts, Robert Foster, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah Hodgins, Ray-Ray McCloud, Nick Easley. Bills fans were riled up, especially the loss of the Thursday night home game, even though fans are not able to attend. The top three of Diggs, Brown and Beasley are set. There’s no question that the Buffalo Bills need more out of their running backs. Beane poured cold water on the idea of Murphy being traded, but that won’t stop fans from speculating about the possibility. 2018 Buffalo Bills Starters, Roster, & Players: 6-10 (3rd in AFC East), Coach: Sean McDermott, ProBowl: Williams Bell’s wait paid off with a four-year, $52 million contract with the New York Jets, but he didn’t ever come close to the same success he had in Pittsburgh. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Or maybe it’s that Adam Gase, coach of the worst team in the NFL, is really bad at his job—other former players like Ryan Tannehill and Kenyan Drake have shined when they moved on from his team. The Bills actually started last season with just eight defensive linemen on the active roster, but carried nine for the final nine weeks of the season. 2 tight end who is capable of stepping in as the starter. He’s entering an important third season in his professional career. It’s not going to be easy to make the Buffalo Bills’ roster in 2020. The Bills restructured Kroft’s contract, but kept him on the roster after it was speculated he could be a potential cap casualty. That’s especially important given the departure of Lorenzo Alexander. They have the potential to give the Bills a dynamic backfield. At worst, he’s a strong candidate for the practice squad. Similar to last year along the offensive line when the Bills traded Wyatt Teller and Russell Bodine before final roster cuts, the team could have players at receiver other teams are interested in via trade. They traded for Stefon Diggs to line him up with John Brown and give Josh Allen another weapon to throw to. Joseph, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, will be one of the players to watch closely in training camp. Is there room for Le’Veon Bell with the Bills? The Bills are scheduled to fly to Nashville on Monday after having their final practice Sunday. Norman figures to get the first chance to start opposite White, but don’t forget that Wallace beat out Kevin Johnson last year for that same spot and started the entire year. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Smith’s playing time went down as last season progressed and he took way too many penalties given how much he was on the field. A Tennessee Titans coach tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday morning, and the team has closed its practice facility. Hauschka’s disappearing leg strength last season led to the team using a sixth-round draft pick on Bass, the Georgia Southern kicker who has plenty of leg. A playoff roster that Beane fortified through free agency had very few holes heading into the draft. On game days, teams can have 48 active players instead of 46, although one of the extra players has to be an offensive lineman. If they feel like that’s not possible, shopping one of them might bring more of a return than Murphy, who is older and has a much higher salary. After only making two game appearances in his second year, the Jets pulled the plug and granted him his release. As Gaughan pointed out, all it takes is one injury for the logjam to be resolved. Davis is basically guaranteed a spot as a fourth-round draft pick. It probably doesn’t even mean anything for Barkley, who is entering the final year of his contract and has been a help to Allen as the No. One important note: While the active roster will be set at 53 players at the end of the summer, a change in the new collective bargaining agreement increases practice squads around the league from 10 to 12 players.