Buffalo Bills: 53-man roster projections after new QB rule

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Linebackers (6)

Matt Milano, Tyrel Dodson, Terrel Bernard, Dorian Williams, Tyler Matakevich, A.J. Klein

At linebacker, the Buffalo Bills are going to find themselves in an interesting position as they try to cut the roster down to 53 players. By the time the team has to make those roster cuts, the hope would be that they know who will be replacing Tremaine Edmunds as the starting middle linebacker.

The Bills have plenty of options and if someone like Tyrel Dodson, Terrel Bernard or even Dorian Williams emerge as the starter, the coaching staff is probably going to want some expierence on the roster to back them up. That is why A.J. Klein is likely to make the 53-man roster, even if he doesn't win the starting job.

As for the two players who don't get that starting job, they also are probably safe as Terrel Bernard and Dorian Williams are third round draft picks in the past two drafts and Tyrel Dodson has been a key special teams contributor. That is why I think the Bills are going to be forced to keep six linebackers with the circumstances they are facing this season.