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#1 GunnerBill

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:33 PM

This is my annual attempt to track the chances of players to make the final 53.  I always do one early May and then adjust a couple of times as we go. Not all 90 are included and you can assume that I think anyone not in the list at this stage is a longshot, but this year is probably less predictable than the last couple.  So I expect this to look nothing like my final prediction the week before final cuts.  Players are categorised as below:

 

BLACK = Certain to be on the roster if healthy

BLUE = Likely to be on the roster if healthy

RED = Fighting for a roster spot

 

Quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

Nathan Peterman

TJ Yates

Cardale Jones

Josh Woodrum

 

Fullback

Patrick DiMarco

Mike Tolbert

 

Running Back

LeSean McCoy

Jonathan Williams

Cedric O'Neal

Joe Banyard

Jordan Johnson

 

Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins

Zay Jones

Andre Holmes

Corey Brown

Jeremy Butler

Walt Powell

Brandon Tate

Kolby Listenbee

Dez Lewis

 

Tight End

Charles Clay

Nick O’Leary

Logan Thomas

Blake Annen

 

Offensive Line

Cordy Glenn

Richie Incognito

Eric Wood

John Miller

Jordan Mills

Ryan Groy

Dion Dawkins

Cyrus Kouandjio

Seantrel Henderson

Patrick Lewis

Vlad Ducasse

 

Defensive Line

Marcell Dareus

Kyle Williams

Shaq Lawson

Jerry Hughes

Adolphus Washington

Jerel Worthy

Ryan Davis

Max Valles

Marquavius Lewis

 

Linebacker

Reggie Ragland

Preston Brown

Lorenzo Alexander

Ramon Humber

Matt Milano

Tanner Vallejo

Carl Bradford

 

Corner

Tre'Davious White

Ron Darby

Kevon Seymour

Leonard Johnson

Shareece Wright

Charles James

Joe Powell

Charles Gaines

 

Safety

Micah Hyde

Jordan Poyer

Colt Anderson

Trae Elston

Jonathan Dowling

Shamiel Gray

 

Specialists

Steven Hauschka

Colton Schmidt

Reid Ferguson

Austin Rehkow



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:38 PM

Excellent starting take. Nothing I would disagree with at this point. Looking at the list at LB makes me a little bit nauseous though.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:40 PM

Nice stuff Gunner.  Some changes I would personally make
 

Nick O'Leary in blue

Jordan Mills in red

Leonard Johnson in red

Colton Schmidt in red



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:46 PM

Nice stuff Gunner.  Some changes I would personally make
 
Nick O'Leary in blue
Jordan Mills in red
Leonard Johnson in red
Colton Schmidt in red


Yea I can see the argument for all of those. I had O'Leary in Blue at one point but I still think they will try and add a Tight End if one shakes loose.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:48 PM

This is my annual attempt to track the chances of players to make the final 53.  I always do one early May and then adjust a couple of times as we go. Not all 90 are included and you can assume that I think anyone not in the list at this stage is a longshot, but this year is probably less predictable than the last couple.  So I expect this to look nothing like my final prediction the week before final cuts.  Players are categorised as below:

 

BLACK = Certain to be on the roster if healthy

BLUE = Likely to be on the roster if healthy

RED = Fighting for a roster spot

 

Quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

Nathan Peterman

TJ Yates

Cardale Jones

Josh Woodrum

 

Fullback

Patrick DiMarco

Mike Tolbert

 

Running Back

LeSean McCoy

Jonathan Williams

Cedric O'Neal

Joe Banyard

Jordan Johnson

 

Wide Receiver

Sammy Watkins

Zay Jones

Andre Holmes

Corey Brown

Jeremy Butler

Walt Powell

Brandon Tate

Kolby Listenbee

Dez Lewis

 

Tight End

Charles Clay

Nick O’Leary

Logan Thomas

Blake Annen

 

Offensive Line

Cordy Glenn

Richie Incognito

Eric Wood

John Miller

Jordan Mills

Ryan Groy

Dion Dawkins

Cyrus Kouandjio

Seantrel Henderson

Patrick Lewis

Vlad Ducasse

 

Defensive Line

Marcell Dareus

Kyle Williams

Shaq Lawson

Jerry Hughes

Adolphus Washington

Jerel Worthy

Ryan Davis

Max Valles

Marquavius Lewis

 

Linebacker

Reggie Ragland

Preston Brown

Lorenzo Alexander

Ramon Humber

Matt Milano

Tanner Vallejo

Carl Bradford

 

Corner

Tre'Davious White

Ron Darby

Kevon Seymour

Leonard Johnson

Shareece Wright

Charles James

Joe Powell

Charles Gaines

 

Safety

Micah Hyde

Jordan Poyer

Colt Anderson

Trae Elston

Jonathan Dowling

Shamiel Gray

 

Specialists

Steven Hauschka

Colton Schmidt

Reid Ferguson

Austin Rehkow

 

Everything looks to be about right except one could argue Tate should be on the roster if healthy. Since he is solid at the PR position and I doubt the Bills would throw out their first round CB to do that. 



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:48 PM

Jon Williams is making the team (imo)



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:56 PM

Colton Schmidt's got to go.  Lowest Average punt distance.  2nd lowest average net.

 

There's definite room for an upgrade there.  Actually really cost us in the Seattle game, and the oakland game.



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:59 PM

Colton Schmidt's got to go.  Lowest Average punt distance.  2nd lowest average net.

 

There's definite room for an upgrade there.  Actually really cost us in the Seattle game, and the oakland game.

 

I think Rehkow will win that competition; he was borderline draftworthy IMO



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:00 PM

Only change I would make is Tate and O'Leary in Blue.  Tate due to his ST ability.  



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:01 PM

Would put J Williams and A Washington as locks. Both punters as fighting. Otherwise solid.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:30 PM

Nice job.

 

I think we're still gonna see some guys added right up until opening day that will definitely affect this list.

 

The LB and S depth especially is really weak.



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:36 PM

Jon Williams is making the team (imo)


I still expect them to add a running back at some stage and then I think Williams is vulnerable to the young guys behind.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:46 PM

I still expect them to add a running back at some stage and then I think Williams is vulnerable to the young guys behind.


Williams is young himself. I think the staff is high on Williams and it allowed us to let TD Mike walk.

Tate is blue as he looked great on teams and serviceable as backup receiver.

Would also put Colt Anderson in blue for his value on special teams as well, unless some other guys really show him up.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:47 PM

Williams is young himself. I think the staff is high on Williams and it allowed us to let TD Mike walk.

Tate is blue as he looked great on teams and serviceable as backup receiver.

Would also put Colt Anderson in blue for his value on special teams as well, unless some other guys really show him up.

 

He has Colt in blue



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:49 PM

 
He has Colt in blue


Yea Colt is a likey in my mind.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:50 PM

Humber should be in Black. Lock to make the team based on special teams alone even if we ignore the fact he's likely to start at WLB for us. 



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:15 PM

LB and Safety jump out and make me nervous. All in all looking at the roster this way makes me feel better. We've got some talent for sure. I like the Ryan Davis pick up.

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:31 PM

Colton Schmidt's got to go.  Lowest Average punt distance.  2nd lowest average net.

 

There's definite room for an upgrade there.  Actually really cost us in the Seattle game, and the oakland game.

 

We see changes to the roster weekly, already. There'll be a 'good handful' yet to come before camp with June 1st cuts for salary casualties, continued FA signings and the inevitable I-issue. We've seen 'McBeane' be busy scouring player availability from the get-go. Not expecting this to change -EVER. 

 

Thanks, GunnerBill!



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:13 AM

@JonScottTV

Crossman says rookie Austin Rehkow will compete with Colton Schmidt to be #Bills punter.

 

@JoeBuscaglia

#Bills ST Coordinator Danny Crossman: I think Colton is bright enough to realize that everyone's job is up for grabs. Both here, and in NFL.



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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:17 AM

 
He has Colt in blue


Headed to the optometrist now. Thanks.