The Buffalo Bills will be playing in their third and final preseason game of the season with a road trip to play the Chicago Bears. While the first game of the regular season will be over two weeks away, this will be the final preparation for the Bills in terms of in-game action before they take the field against the New York Jets.
While it is a key step for the franchise as a whole, for some this could be the final game for them with the Buffalo Bills. There are a number of players who will be fighting for roster spots and will need a big performance against the Bears to give them a chance to secure a spot on the 53-man roster.
5 players fighting for roster spot in the Buffalo Bills final preseason game
Ryan Van Demark
At the beginning of the preseason, Ryan Van Demark seemed like a longshot to make the 53-man roster and his best chance to remain with the team would be on the practice squad. However, over the past two weeks, Van Demark has moved up the depth chart due to a combination of good performance along with players not being available for the season.
Over the past few weeks, the Bills have seen Brandon Shell, who they signed as a free agent this offseason, elect to retire while Tommy Doyle suffered a season ending injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This leaves David Quessenberry as the most likely backup offensive tackle behind Dion Dawkins and Spencer Brown.
However, the Bills have typically had four offensive tackles on the 53-man roster and this creates an opportunity for Ryan Van Demark. If he plays at the same level he has through the first two games, he should make the regular season roster.