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What to look for in tonight's Bills at Lions game

By Jay Skurski

DETROIT -- The Bills finish off the preseason tonight here in Ford Field against the Lions.

In today's print edition, Mark Gaughan provided a good position-by-position analysis of where the Bills stand the day before the cutdown to 53.

With that in mind, here are a few battles worth watching tonight:

The No. 5 (and 6?) receiver:Marcus Easley likely needs the best game of his professional career to make it.Naaman Roosevelt has had a great camp, but he's limited in his special teams ability. Derek Hagan and Ruvell Martin are both veterans hoping to hang on. They could all be chasing just one job.

The No. 2 quarterback: The job is Tarvaris Jackson's, the question is how quickly can he get up to speed in the offense. Watching how comfortable Jackson looks in his snaps gives the second half some appeal.

Kirk Morrison v. Scott McKillop: The loser of this battle for middle linebacker is likely out of a job. Can McKillop's special teams prowess win him a job? Morrison's versatility as a backup might be his ticket to a roster spot.

Can John Potter stay perfect?The Bills' kickoff specialist gets the advantage of playing in his second dome of the preseason. He'll have to keep intact that streak of touchbacks.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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