In an earlier post we looked at the offensive side of the ball and our 53 man roster predictions. It’s only fair to look at the defensive side of things as well as the special teams. We will also look at the practice squad requirements.
DL – The Buffalo Bills are carrying 12 defensive lineman on their current roster. I believe that they keep 7 total; 3 DE and 4 DT. Versatility is the name of the game plus they have OLBs that can fill in if need be. Mario, Kyle and Marcel are in. Izaan Cross, Carrington, Alan Branch and Jamie Blatnick will round out the DL. Troup, Tipoti, Ross, Gilbert, and Bryant are released.
LB – The Bills have 11 LBs listed on their roster and they will look to keep 6. Alonso, Hughes, Lawson, Pough, Scott, and Bradham will make the team. Brown, Dowtin, Moats, Smith, and White will be on the outside looking in.
DB – The Bills will keep 4 safeties and 6 CBs. They have a total 17 listed on the current roster. They will keep Searcy, Aaron Williams, Duke Williams and if Byrd signs, Byrd. If he doesn’t sign, look for Dangerfield or Meeks to get put into the open spot. As for CB, Gilmore and McKelvin are in. Justin Rogers, Ron Brooks, Kip Edwards, and TJ Heath will round out the CBs. Silva, Rolle, Robey, Meeks, Ellis, Dangerfield, and Butler are cut.
Special Teams – One of the competition story lines that we looked at was the kicker and punter duels. Simply put, Lindell is out and Hopkins is in. Powell will retain the punting position and will beat out Stahovich.
Practice Squad Requirements – According to league policy, only certain types of players are allowed to sign to the practice squad. Players cannot have played more than nine regular season games or have been on the active roster for an entire year, nor can players be allowed to spend more than two seasons on the same team’s squad unless that team’s active roster never dips below 53 players.