Jun
17
2021

Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster Projection

The Buffalo Bills added some players to their roster this weekend and with the last major shakeup to the depth chart before the 2021 NFL season, it’s officially time for our first roster projection that is sure to be wrong.

The Buffalo Bills have a wide-open Super Bowl window with one of the league’s best rosters and 25-year-old Josh Allen at quarterback. GM Brandon Beane has earned his paycheck with his moment of clairvoyance in the 2018 draft when he picked Allen and because of how he’s surrounded him with the talent needed to accentuate all of his supreme skills.

Quarterback
Josh Allen
Mitch Trubisky
Jake Fromm
Cut: Davis Webb
The Bills have Trubisky as the primary backup to Allen with Fromm as the developmental backup QB. Trubisky is only signed for one year.

Running Back
Zack Moss
Devin Singletary
Taiwan Jones
Antonio Williams
Cuts: Matt Breida*
The battle will be will between Moss and Singletary to see who will be the lead back in the “back by committee” the Bills plan to go with. I might as well list Jones as a special teams player because that’s the only way he sees the field. Williams is a game-day inactive unless one of the other three is hurt.

Full Back
Reggie Gilliam

Wide Receiver
Stefon Diggs
Cole Beasley
Gabriel Davis
Emmanuel Sanders
Isaiah McKenzie
Isaiah Hodgins
Marquez Stevenson
Cut: Tanner Gentry, Jake Kumerow, Brandon Powell, Duke Williams
Diggs and Beasley are both All-Pros and no one questions their status on the team. Last year’s rising star Davis locked his place opposite of Diggs, and Sanders can play outside along with the slot. McKenzie, the jet sweep motion artist, adds a dimension to the team that the others cannot. I went with the rookie Stevenson because I think his return abilities keep him on the roster in the Andre Roberts role.

Tight end
Jacob Hollister
Dawson Knox
Tommy Sweeney
Cut: Nate Becker
Hollister takes Tyler Kroft’s snaps while Sweeney is back and replacing Lee Smith.

Offensive tackle
Dion Dawkins
Daryl Williams
Spencer Brown
Tommy Doyle
Cut: Bobby Hart*

Interior OL
Offensive Guard
Jon Feliciano
Cody Ford
Ryan Bates
Ike Boettger

Center
Mitch Morse
Cut: Forrest Lamp, Jordan Devey, Jamil Douglas, Jack Anderson
This was a very difficult crew to put together. The Bills want to upgrade over their offensive line from a year ago, but are they counting on Ford to take a step forward as that upgrade or a seventh-round pick? Probably not. The offensive line projections look a lot like last season with the two rookies to fill in as backups. The Bills are hoping that every starter who is healthy can improve their run game.

Defensive Line (8)

Defensive End
Jerry Hughes
Mario Addison
A.J. Epenesa
Carlos Basham
Greg Rousseau

Defensive Tackle
Star Lotulelei
Ed Oliver
Harrison Phillips
Vernon Butler
Cut: Bryan Cox Jr., Darryl Johnson, Mike Love, Efe Obada*, Brandin Bryant, Justin Zimmer
The Bills drafted two defensive ends with their first two picks this year which will push out some of the younger developmental players like Johnson and Cox Jr. With how much nickel the Bills run and how many players have DE/DT or 1T/3T versatility, Buffalo goes with only one true 1-tech defensive tackle in Lotulelei, even though he’s coming off a season where he didn’t play.

Linebacker

Matt Milano
Tremaine Edmunds
A.J. Klein
Tyrell Adams
Tyler Matakevich
Cut: Marquel Lee, Andre Smith, Tyrel Dodson
Milano and Edmunds are the clear starters in the group. Klein filled in well last season when Milano was out for a stretch of games and Adams is a tackling machine they signed over from Houston. Matakevich is another positional player in name only, as he’s a special teams selection. I’m excited about the mix of youth and experience in this group.

Cornerback

Tre’Davious White
Levi Wallace
Dane Jackson
Taron Johnson
Siran Neal
Cut: Cam Lewis, Rachad Wildgoose Jr.
Buffalo has not traditionally kept six CBs. White and Johnson are locks for their positions. The Battle will come at CB2 between Wallace and Jackson.

Safety

Jordan Poyer
Micah Hyde
Damar Hamlin
Jaquan Johnson
Cut: Josh Thomas
Dean Marlowe is out and Jaquan Johnson takes over as the primary backup safety. Hamlin moves into the developmental role.

Specialists

K Tyler Bass
LS Reid Ferguson
P Matt Haack*
There isn’t anyone on the roster to currently challenge any of these guys. Haack has a bunch of guaranteed money and isn’t going anywhere.

Here is my projected depth chart as it stands right now (not 53-man):

Practice Squad
Davis Webb
Tanner Gentry
Jack Anderson
Darryl Johnson
Rachad Wildgoose Jr.

How do you feel about the topic? Did I leave off a player you thought would make the team? Either comment in the comment section or respond to me on Twitter.

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