Buffalo Bills: 53-man roster prediction before training camp
By Jason Mattis
Locks at the position have to be Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. Beane also won’t want to give up on either of his 2020 draft picks, so Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins will be members of this roster.
Will the Bills go with five receivers or six is the dilemma? The next group consist of Andre Roberts, Isaiah McKenzie, Duke Williams, and Robert Foster. Foster doesn’t make enough big plays and contested catches at this point to realistically think in Year 3 he comes around. Williams doesn’t gain enough separation consistently to stick on such a talented roster.
Roberts’ biggest strength is his return ability in the kicking game, but is it really a big strength? He averaged only eight yards per punt return with his longest being 22 yards. In kickoffs, he averaged 26.5 with a long of 66 yards. Are you really keeping a guy for one big play? Unfortunately for him the roster has become too talented to justify such little value in the return game.
McKenzie still brings enough for what offensive coordinator Brian Daboll wants to get accomplished. He is a gadget player, runs the sweeps, disguises plays with his pre-snap motions, and is a backup in the slot. He also has shown during this time with the Buffalo Bills and Broncos that he can feature in the return game as well.
Predictions: Diggs, Brown, Beasley, McKenzie, Davis, and Hodgins (6)