Which Buffalo Bills Veterans Are On The Hot Seat

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Jun 18, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Kraig Urbik (60) performs a drill against center Macky MacPherson (76) during the Bills Minicamp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The rookie mini-camp is over for the Buffalo Bills and with some of the performances from the rookies as well as just assumptions made from the the drafting of certain positions, some veteran players and even second year players, could be in danger of not making the 53-man roster this year.

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Let’s take a look at the positions that could be in danger of losing a veteran presence because of players drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.  We will start at cornerback and the addition of Ronald Darby.

From what is coming out of One Bills Drive, the addition of Ronald Darby was a good one and is everything that everyone expected from him and it looks as though Rex Ryan has nabbed another solid corner out of the draft.  With this addition, and Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham and Leodis McKelvin expected to make the roster as sure bets, this takes up 4 of the usual 6 spots at cornerback.  With two spots open and three cornerbacks vying for those spots, someone is likely to be passed over.  Ron Brooks, Nickell Robey, and Ross Cockrell are the three looking to nab one of those spots.  Nickell Robey has been on an upswing and Ross Cockrell brings more to the defensive side of the ball than that of Ron Brooks, who is really more of a special teams guy than an 2 or 3 down player on defense.

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The next player drafted was John Miller.  John Miller looks like a good bet to make the Bills final roster.  As far as interior options for the Bills, Eric Wood and Richie Incognito are also safe bets as well, in my opinion.  This leaves Chris Williams, Kraig Urbik and Cyril Richardson for the remaining 1 or 2 spots that may be available on the offensive line.  Kraig Urbik may have a lock as he is the most versatile out of the three and the only back-up center on the roster.  He may take a spot by default at this point.  As far as Richardson and Williams go, Williams is set to make 9 million over the next 3 years and coming off a back injury has a lot to prove, as he was one of the worst guards in the NFL two years ago.  Richardson needs to show a lot of improvement as well, but did show some promise last year, but with Miller coming in, unless there is a major improvement, Richardson and Williams, may just be gone.

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