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The 2012 Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster: A (Very Early) Guess

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Defensive Line: Mario Williams, Mark Anderson, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Chris Kelsay, Shawne Merriman, Alex Carrington, Spencer Johnson, Kellen Heard

The top five guys (M. Williams, K. Williams, Dareus, Anderson, and yes – Kelsay) are locks. After that, it gets interesting. I think Johnson’s pretty safe because he’s versatile enough to play all four spots. Merriman is tempting enough he’ll likely make the team if healthy. It’s a bit of crapshoot after that. I had Carrington and Heard sneaking onto the roster, but guys like Torell Troup, Kyle Moore, and Robert Eddins will get looks. I’d be surprised if Dwan Edwards makes this team, but I suppose he can’t be counted out either.

Linebacker: Nick Barnett, Kelvin Sheppard, Kirk Morrison, Bryan Scott, Nigel Bradham, Tank Carder, Chris White, Arthur Moats, Danny Batten

The three current starters (Barnett, Sheppard, Morrison) are locks, and Scott has carved himself out a nice little niche as the linebacker in passing situations. Bradham is a lock, and unless Carder is awful in camp he’ll be on the team. There will be a scramble for the backup spots between White, Moats, Batten, and Scott McKillop. Nine is a lot of linebackers, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bills kept a few extra guys here.

Cornerback: Terrence McGee, Stephon Gilmore, Justin Rogers, Ron Brooks, Aaron Williams

Notably absent from this list is former first-round pick Leodis McKelvin, who has probably burned through all his chances in Buffalo. He’ll need to really outplay Rogers, Brooks, or McGee and/or hope someone gets hurt if he wants to remain a Bill in 2012. Keeping six CBs isn’t out of the question either.

Safety: George Wilson, Jairus Byrd, Da’Norris Searcy, Joshua Nesbitt

The top three for sure…and that might be it. If the Bills do carry a fourth safety, Nesbitt could steal a roster spot, or undrafted rookies Nick Saenz, Delano Howell, or Nick Sukay could grab that spot for themselves.

Specialists: Rian Lindell, Brian Moorman, Garrison Sanborn

I think the Bills will think better of wasting a roster spot on a kickoff specialist, so no John Potter here. Maybe he hangs around on the practice squad in case of emergency.


So what do you think? Am I wrong/crazy in a few spots? Let me know in the comments!

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