August 30, 2013 - 6:36 PM
By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills made several roster moves today in advance of the 6 p.m. Saturday deadline to reduce their roster to 53 players.
- Quarterback Matt Leinart
- Running back Zach Brown
- Running back Kendall Gaskins
- Wide receiver Brandon Kaufman
- Tight end Dorin Dickerson
- Tight end Nick
- Center David Snow
- Guard Antoine Caldwell
- Guard Zack Chibane
- Tackle Zebrie Sanders
- Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert
- Defensive end Kourtnei Brown
- Linebacker Keith Pough
- Linebacker Brian Smith
- Cornerback Crezdon Butler
- Cornerback T.J. Heath
- Cornerback Jordan Dangerfield
- Cornerback Kip Edwards
- Quarterback Kevin Kolb (concussion)
- Fullback Drew Smith (thumb)
- Wide receiver Brad Smith (ribs)
August 29, 2013 - 1:38 PM
By Tim Graham
Yes, that headline is sarcasm.
But as far as exhibition finales go, there's some interesting stuff to monitor.
Here are a handful of things I'll be looking for tonight,
when the Buffalo Bills wrap up their preseason against the Detroit Lions in
Ralph Wilson Stadium:
What in the world is going on at quarterback? We won't get
any definitive answers for opening day until presumptive starter EJ Manuel's
injury status is known. In the meantime, we have undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel and
two guys who weren't Bills five days ago. Matt Leinart wasn't even in the
league. Thad Lewis was fourth-string with Detroit.
How coach Doug Marrone divvies up the reps will be interesting, especially for
Leinart. The former Heisman Trophy winner might be suiting up for his final chance to
stay in the NFL.
Cornerbacks in focus. Buffalo's
best, Stephon Gilmore, will be out six to eight weeks after surgery to repair a
broken wrist. The next-best cornerback was in disconcerting dispute when
Gilmore was healthy. So now what? Leodis McKelvin would appear to have one spot
cinched up, while Crezdon Butler, Justin Rogers, T.J. Heath and Ron Brooks jockey
for the other assignments.
One last look at the wide receivers. It's totally unfair
that players such as Brad Smith, Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley and Brandon Kaufman
are down to their last audition and will have to track down passes from Leinart
and Lewis. The Bills have difficult decisions to make after the top four:
Stevie Johnson, T.J. Graham, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin.
Strong undercard battle for the third running-back role. C.J.
Spiller is away from the team to mourn with his family after Saturday's tragedy
in Lake Butler,
Fla. Fred Jackson will be preserved. That leaves beaucoup carries for Tashard
Choice, Kendall Gaskins and Zach Brown. Expect the Bills to run as much as they
can tonight given their quarterback situation.
By Tim Graham
PITTSFORD -- When the Buffalo Bills reached the goal-line
portion of Monday night's intrasquad scrimmage, running backs C.J. Spiller and
Fred Jackson, helmets off, watched from the sideline.
Bills fans cringed when former coach Chan Gailey would
remove Spiller or Jackson from the field and insert Tashard Choice near the end
That scenario replayed itself under Doug Marrone's direction when the
Bills spotted the ball at the 4-yard line in Growney Stadium.
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