Buffalo Bills: Top takeaways from first unofficial depth chart

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 21: Ryan Bates #71 of the Buffalo Bills looks on before a game against the New England Patriots Gillette Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

These are the top takeaways from the Buffalo Bills’ first unofficial depth chart ahead of Week 1.

Due to no preseason games, fans finally got a chance to see what the Buffalo Bills depth chart may look like this year on Wednesday. This was the first depth chart of 2020 ahead of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

There is no question that there were some surprises but it gives us some insight into what the coaching staff may be thinking for some players and their role on this team. These are the top five takeaways from the first unofficial depth chart.

Ryan Bates listed as the backup center

One of the questions left after the Buffalo Bills made cuts to get down to the 53-man roster was who would be the backup center. The reason was that Evan Boehm was expected to be that backup center but he was released, and then later added back to the practice squad.

When it comes to the 53-man roster, the Bills listed Ryan Bates as their backup center. The Bills traded for Bates during training camp last year and for the most part, he has been viewed as an offensive tackle.

However, prior to joining the Bills, Ryan Bates hadn’t played center since his redshirt season with Penn State in 2015 with some additional practice snaps with Philadelphia Eagles, according to Mark Gaughan at the Buffalo News.

The development Bates has shown over the past year is enough for the coaching staff to feel confident with him as the backup center.

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