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    10 Buffalo Bills 2018 starters who could be off roster in 2019

    I wonder what the average number of starters from last season who come in to camp and dont even end up on the roster is? Ten seems awfully high to me. While I'm rooting for some of these guys to make it, some of this is just embarassing.


    By Ryan Talbot | rtalbot@nyup.com

    Brandon Beane was arguably the most active general manager in the NFL this offseason.

    The Buffalo Bills GM added close to 20 players in free agency, eight players in the 2019 NFL Draft and 12 undrafted free agents. Needless to say, Buffalo’s locker room is going to look a lot different from just one season ago. With so many new faces in the room, some 2018 starters may be looking for work elsewhere in 2019.

    Here is a look at 10 players who made at least three starts last season at risk of losing their roster spot in 2019.

    RB LeSean McCoy (13 starts)

    LeSean McCoy’s status with the Bills came into question when the team selected Devin Singletary in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Beane has since stated that McCoy will be the Bills’ Week 1 starter, but that doesn’t mean that McCoy will last the season in Buffalo.

    McCoy is coming off of the worst season of his professional career (3.2 YPC), but the Bills should expect the veteran to rebound after revamping their offensive line. If McCoy’s struggles persist, he could lose reps to the aforementioned Singletary, Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon.

    After turning down overtures for McCoy at the trade deadline one season ago, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team trade him this season if their other backs are performing well.

    FB Patrick DiMarco (5 starts)

    Patrick DiMarco is a valued special teams player in Buffalo. The fullback played 53 percent of the team’s special teams snaps one season ago. He’s not nearly as important to the offense, however, after playing less than 16 percent of the team’s snaps one season ago.

    With a crowded running back room, improvements on the offensive line and the addition of many special teams contributors, DiMarco could be the odd man out during roster cuts.


    TE Jason Croom (3 starts)

    Jason Croom flashed potential in 2018, but the Bills are going to need to see more from the tight end this summer if he hopes to remain on the roster.

    Buffalo added many new faces (as well as one returning face) to their tight end room with free-agent signings Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith as well as rookies Dawson Knox, Tommy Sweeney and Moral Stephens. Kroft, Smith and Knox are favorites to lock down three tight end jobs. If the team carries a fourth, Croom will have to show he’s more valuable than Sweeney, a 2019 draft pick, or Stephens, an UDFA addition.


    G Wyatt Teller (7 starts)

    Wyatt Teller had an up-and-down rookie season when he got on the field with the Bills. It’s possible that he remains on the 53-man roster in 2019, but his starting job is in serious question after the additions of Quinton Spain, Spencer Long and Jon Feliciano. Consistency will be key if Teller hopes to remain on the roster this season.

    C Russell Bodine (10 starts)

    Russell Bodine and Ryan Groy may have been the worst center duo in the league last year. It’s no surprise that Groy is still available on the free agent market. Could Bodine join him on the market in the next few months? It’s certainly possible.

    Bodine has no chance of beating out Mitch Morse for the starting center job and could be released due to the Bills also having Spencer Long on their roster. Long is best suited at guard, but can also handle backup duties at center.

    G Vlad Ducasse (9 starts) and G Jeremiah Sirles (5 starts)

    Vlad Ducasse started the first nine games of the 2018 season, but lost his starting job after that point. Jeremiah Sirles joined the Bills in late September and ended up making five starts. One season later, both find themselves on the outside looking in following Buffalo’s offseason.

    Long, despite his struggles at center, performed well at guard for the Jets in 2018. Feliciano has experience playing under OL coach Bobby Johnson and Spain has consistently performed well as a starting guard in the NFL. Throw in Cody Ford as a possible guard option and Teller’s upside possibly landing him a depth role and the two veterans face an uphill battle to make the roster.

    CB Ryan Lewis (3 starts)

    Ryan Lewis recorded three starts for Buffalo early in 2018, but seemed to fall out of favor with the coaching staff. He only made four other appearances with the team after the three starts.

    With Tre’Davious White, Levi Wallace, Taron Johnson, E.J. Gaines and Kevin Johnson looking like early favorites to make the roster, Lewis will have to fend off the remaining cornerbacks on the roster to win the No. 6 cornerback spot if he hopes to remain a member of the Bills in 2019.

    S Rafael Bush (7 starts)

    Rafael Bush was a key contributor at safety in 2018, but it won’t be as easy for the veteran to crack the 53-man roster in 2019. At 32 years old, Buffalo could opt for younger options to develop. Rookie Jaquan Johnson could lock down one of the safety spots on the roster while Bush competes against Siran Neal, Dean Marlowe and UDFA Abraham Wallace for one other spot.

    P Corey Bojorquez (8 starts)

    Punters don’t technically start in the NFL, but Corey Bojorquez was Buffalo’s punter for half of the season. Bojorquez had some terrific punts during that time, but struggled with consistency. He finished the year averaging 45.1 yards per punt before landing on the injured reserve.

    In 2019, Bojorquez will compete against another punter that went on the IR in 2018 in Cory Carter. Carter tore his ACL in the preseason, but finished his two preseason appearances with a 48 yard punt average.

    May the best Cor(e)y win.

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    I like having FB's on the roster because they play special teams, are important in short yardage and goal line situations and play a thankless position. Patrick DiMarco is a team captain and scream process, he should make the team.

    IMO CB Ryan Lewis is an under rated player. I like him more than Kevin Johnson, and think should make the 53 man roster as the 5th CB on the depth chart and contribute on special teams. ( Tre'Davious White is CB #1, Levi Wallace is CB #2, Taron Johnson is CB #3 the nickel CB, E. J. Gaines is CB #4 and Ryan Lewis is CB #5.)

    Russell Bodine and Vlad Ducasse should be cut because of more talented versatile players in Jon Feliciano and Spencer Long that can play C or G.

    Drafting of Dawson Knox could make Jason Croom expendable unless Buffalo carries 4 TE's on the roster and Croom can beat out anther rookie in Tommy Sweeney.

    If LeSean's decline in play continues and he loses any more lateral agility than he lost last year I could see him being cut in training camp or preseason. I really like the upside of Devin Singletary and T.J. Yeldon and think Frank Gore can contribute in limited carries as a between the tackles physical runner and as a blocker.

    I like Corey Bojorquez to beat out Cory Carter to win the punter battle royal. Punt returner very rarely see left-footed punters and they are difficult to return against because of the ball spinning opposite of a right-footed punter. Bill Belichick loves to use left-footed punters exclusively so I think Buffalo should mimick Belichick here and keep a left-footed punter in Bojorquez on the roster.
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    I gave you a thanks because I appreciate your time and effort for writing all of that up, not because I necessarily agree with every point. Do you think there is any chance Dimarco may be cut due to the logjam, and that Gore and tight ends can possibly do some of the things a FB may have been called upon to do? I get that the position may be underappreciated, but the volume of players Beane has brought in at certain positions could make the required decisions a bit more difficult than they have been in the past.

    The point about the left footed punters is a good one, and that position should be an interesting battle to watch. Actually, I cant remember the last time it seemed there would be this many interesting battles overall in camp. People(such as myself) who are rooting for certain players are potentially facing a decent amount of disappointment, as Beane has already proven after last season's camp that no position is safe just because of a contract(with the WRs he cut and what not).
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    Quote Originally Posted by StraightJ View Post
    I gave you a thanks because I appreciate your time and effort for writing all of that up, not because I necessarily agree with every point. Do you think there is any chance Dimarco may be cut due to the logjam, and that Gore and tight ends can possibly do some of the things a FB may have been called upon to do? I get that the position may be underappreciated, but the volume of players Beane has brought in at certain positions could make the required decisions a bit more difficult than they have been in the past.

    The point about the left footed punters is a good one, and that position should be an interesting battle to watch. Actually, I cant remember the last time it seemed there would be this many interesting battles overall in camp. People(such as myself) who are rooting for certain players are potentially facing a decent amount of disappointment, as Beane has already proven after last season's camp that no position is safe just because of a contract(with the WRs he cut and what not).
    There is a chance Patrick DiMarco could get cut but it would be a bad move. He is a veteran leader on offense, plays special team, is a very good blocker and underused as a runner and receiver. I would target DiMarco in the passing game to keep defenses honest and give him a couple of FB dive plays a game, and fake FB dive HB toss plays to add some eye candy to the offense through misdirection. The San Francisco 49ers Head Coach/play caller Kyle Shanahan loves utilizing his TE's and FB's, and getting them in space to exploit coverage from linebackers.
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    I don't get the McCoy stuff. We have zero cap reasons to dump him. He is historically an amazing player at his position and he just had his first bad year for pretty much his entire career. He's not going to get beat out by Frank Gore, a 3rd round pick, and TJ Yeldon.

    Any one of the others on the list could easily get cut. I'm hoping Teller really develops.

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    I would hardly call Croom a stater

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    For this iteration of the Bills, the punter also has to be the holder for FGs - and that is way more important from a consistency standpoint. The decision should be 60%-40% based on holding vs. punting ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Byrds View Post
    I would hardly call Croom a stater
    I guess 3 starts was the minimum requirement to be included in this article, which is what he had last season. He was the top dog for a moment, after the banning of Charles Clay. Heck, before the banning of Charles Clay.
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    Past Bills teams would be handing roster spots to young, developing players like Teller and Croom. Not this year.

    This year everyone is fighting for their jobs, from players who flashed a little potential all the way up to potential Hall of Fame RB's.

    I love the competition we have going into training camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo13 View Post
    I don't get the McCoy stuff. We have zero cap reasons to dump him. He is historically an amazing player at his position and he just had his first bad year for pretty much his entire career. He's not going to get beat out by Frank Gore, a 3rd round pick, and TJ Yeldon.

    Any one of the others on the list could easily get cut. I'm hoping Teller really develops.
    I like Teller and he flashed some good play last year. He will have a tough time beating out Quinton Spain, Jon Feliciano, Spencer Long for playing time. I could see Teller being the 9th OL on the roster.

    I don't mind McCoy staying on the roster if he doesn't complain about not being the feature RB and not getting 300 carries for the season. He is a diva, he is not a team player, he has 2 ongoing civil lawsuits, has shown a decline in his play, has shown a decline in his lateral agility. McCoy showed behavior unbecoming of a team captain by refusing to talk to the media for weeks last year when he was playing poorly and refused to congratulate Yeldon and Singletary because they are direct competition to his position but had no problem congratulating RT Cody Ford. McCoy is going to be a big-time distraction in the locker room if he is not the feature RB in this offense despite his declining ability and declining production.
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