The Buffalo Bills's 53-man roster is set...for now.
Quarterbacks (2): E.J. Manuel, Jeff Tuel
Thoughts: The Bills will go with two quarterbacks for now after cutting Matt Leinart and placing Kevin Kolb on IR with a concussion. As of now, Tuel, a rookie undrafted free agent signing, will start until Manuel returns from knee surgery. Manuel was on the practice field Sunday. (Fast fact: If Tuel starts, he will be the first undrafted rookie free agent to start week one at quarterback in the history of the game.)
Running Backs (3): C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Tashard Choice
Thoughts: The Bills will go as far as their running backs take them. Spiller took over the starting job after Jackson's injury last year and soared. Despite only starting seven games in 2012, the former first-round pick rushed for 1,244 yards (six yards a carry) and six touchdowns along with 459 yards receiving and two receiving scores.
Wide Receivers (5): Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley
Thoughts: Stevie Johnson will look to add a third consecutive 1,000-yard campaign in 2013. Easley made one of the final roster spots, and Head Coach Doug Marrone praised Easley for a strong preseason. "Marcus is one of those guys who produced enough to make this football team, and we respect that. We like him as an outside receiver, and we love him on special teams," Marrone said.
Tight Ends (3): Scott Chandler, Lee Smith, Chris Gragg
Thoughts: Outside of Chandler (43 catches for 571 yards last year), the tight ends are an inexperienced, unproven bunch. Smith had four catches for 13 yards last year and Gragg is the Bills's seventh-round pick.
Offensive Line (8): Cordy Glenn, Colin Brown, Eric Wood, Craig Urbik, Erik Pears, Thomas Welch, Sam Young, Doug Legursky
Thoughts: Last year the offensive line produced the second-best rushing attack in the AFC (138.6 yards per game) and allowed the fifth-fewest sacks in the AFC (30).
DEFENSE: The Defense will continue to utilize the 4-3 scheme despite the addition of new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who worked in the Ravens and Jets organizations, both of which run the 3-4.
Defensive Line (7): Alex Carrington, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, Alan Branch, Jay Ross, Jerry Hughes
Thoughts: On paper, this is one of the best defensive lines in the AFC, but they under performed last year. Mark Anderson is gone after struggling for six games then missing the remainder of the season. Carrington, who flashed his potential in bursts last year, will replace him opposite their big-money free agent signing last year Mario Williams. Dareus played through a turbulent year last year after losing his brother in a triple homicide, and that weighed on his psyche. The Bills will need him to improve his 2011 numbers and continue his progression into an elite defensive lineman.
Linebackers (6): Manny Lawson, Kiko Alonso, Nigel Bradham, Marcus Dowtin, Arthur Moats, Jamaal Westerman
Thoughts: The Bills's leader tackler from the linebacker position Nick Barnett is gone, and second-round pick out of Oregon Alonso will replace him in the middle. The Bills are high on this rookie and believe they found a tackling machine in the middle.
Secondary Leodis McKelvin, Aaron Williams, Jairus Byrd, Stephon Gilmore, Justin Rogers, Jim Leonhard, Da'Norris Searcy, Ron Brooks, Brandon Burton, Jonathon Meeks, Duke Williams, Nickell Robey
Thoughts: The Bills lost their second-leader tackler safety George Wilson. Aaron Williams will replace him at strong safety opposite play maker Byrd.