Buffalo Bills: Three players on the ‘warm seat’ in 2019

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The Buffalo Bills added a great deal of talent this offseason. That could mean some familiar names don’t make the final roster.

This upcoming NFL season is right around the corner yet it seems like millions of miles away. OTAs are starting up for teams, rookies have inked their brand new deals and new free-agent signees are adjusting to the culture of their team…unless you are Le’Veon Bell or Odell Beckham as of right now.

Both of whom who have yet to adjust to the new coaching staff, new teammates, whatever the case may be.

The Buffalo Bills are heading into the season right now loaded at different positions. Specifically in positions that they lacked depth and/or talent. Signing linemen, on both sides of the ball, as well as loading up the running backs and tight ends, the organization is heading into a direction where there will be competitions to see who the best are.

Part of Brandon Beane’s job is to not only bring in impactful players, but to also let go of the players who will not be part of the 53-man roster heading into Week 1 of the regular season.

With the competition loading up and new names joining the team, it’s time to observe what players may not being wearing a Bills game jersey this season. They are not necessarily on the hot seat, but it sure is warm.

OL – Vladimir Ducasse 

Ducasse has played a role as to why the Bills went on a lineman frenzy in free agency. Since his arrival, Ducasse has underperformed in the trenches and has not lived up as a starter with the Bills.

With the signings of Spencer Long, Quinton Spain and drafting Cody Ford, Ducasse is at a disadvantage which will end up with him getting the pink slip from the front office.

RB – Marcus Murphy

Every time Murphy had the ball in his hands, production occurred whether it was on the ground or in the air. I was always excited to see No. 45 (now No. 22) in the backfield in the past two seasons. What has been holding Murphy back is that he cannot produce the work that LeSean McCoy has been able to since 2015.

Now this backfield has brought in Frank Gore, T.J. Yeldon and Devin Singletary. Gore brings the veteran experience to pair with McCoy, Yeldon is an excellent third-down back who still has miles on his legs and Singletary is coming in with a motor as the youngest one. Murphy may be the next man out of Buffalo but it would not be due to production, but overload of backs.

TE – Jason Croom 

Croom was set out to be a receiving tight end for this season who showed signs of uprising potential last season. That potential now declines after the moves that were made. Those being the signing of Tyler Kroft, bringing back veteran Lee Smith and drafting both Dawson Knox (Ole Miss) and Tommy Sweeney (Boston College). Kroft, Smith and Knox are poised to make the final roster.

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Sweeney will more than likely end up on the practice squad. Croom is more than likely on his way out the door.