|Offense||24th||128.4 (8th)||201.8 (26th)|
|Defense||3rd||103.1 (10th)||195.2 (4th)|
|2||Bass, Tyler||K||5-10||183||2/14/1997||R||Georgia Southern|
|71||Bates, Ryan||T||6-4||302||2/14/1997||2||Penn State|
|9||Bojorquez, Corey||P||6-0||208||9/13/1996||3||New Mexico|
|15||Brown, John||WR||5-11||178||4/3/1990||7||Pittsburg State|
|94||Butler, Vernon||DT||6-4||330||6/14/1994||5||Louisiana Tech|
|49||Edmunds, Tremaine||MLB||6-5||250||5/2/1998||3||Virginia Tech|
|76||Feliciano, Jon||G||6-4||325||2/10/1992||6||Miami (FL)|
|24||Johnson, Taron||CB||5-11||192||7/27/1996||3||Weber State|
|46||Johnson, Jaquan||SAF||5-10||191||11/13/1995||2||Miami (FL)|
|92||Johnson, Darryl||DE||6-6||253||4/4/1997||2||North Carolina A&T|
|25||Jones, Taiwan||RB||6-0||195||7/26/1988||10||Eastern Washington|
|54||Klein, A.J.||OLB||6-1||240||7/30/1991||8||Iowa State|
|88||Knox, Dawson||TE||6-4||254||11/14/1996||2||Ole Miss|
|31||Marlowe, Dean||SS||6-1||208||7/25/1992||4||James Madison|
|58||Milano, Matt||OLB||6-0||223||7/28/1994||4||Boston College|
|33||Neal, Siran||SAF||6-0||206||8/4/1994||3||Jacksonville State|
|29||Norman, Josh||CB||6-0||200||12/15/1987||9||Coastal Carolina|
|77||Nsekhe, Ty||T||6-8||330||10/27/1985||6||Texas State|
|21||Poyer, Jordan||FS||6-0||191||4/25/1991||8||Oregon State|
|18||Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||195||1/9/1988||11||The Citadel|
|26||Singletary, Devin||RB||5-7||203||9/3/1997||2||Florida Atlantic|
|59||Smith, Andre||LB||6-0||240||4/20/1997||3||North Carolina|
|89||Sweeney, Tommy||TE||6-5||251||7/1/1995||2||Boston College|
|63||Winters, Brian||G||6-4||320||7/10/1991||8||Kent State|
|61||Zimmer, Justin||DT||6-3||300||10/23/1992||2||Ferris State|
|53||Dodson, Tyrel (IR)||LB||6-0||237||6/25/1998||1||Texas A&M|
|Green, Aaron (IR)||RB||5-11||206||10/15/1992||1||TCU|
|87||Hodgins, Isaiah (IR)||WR||6-3||201||10/21/1998||R||Oregon State|
|Scott, Niles (IR)||NT||6-2||320||9/30/1995||3||Frostburg State|
|Becker, Nate||TE||6-5||264||3/24/1996||1||Miami (OH)|
|74||Bryant, Brandin||DT||6-2||289||9/16/1993||1||Florida Atlantic|
|40||Lacey, Deon||LB||6-3||235||7/18/1990||4||West Alabama|
|56||Love, Mike||DE||6-3||255||1/22/1994||2||South Florida|
|36||Thomas, Josh||SAF||6-0||205||11/19/1996||R||Appalachian State|
|45||Wade, Christian||RB||5-9||196||5/15/1991||1||No College|
|Williams, Antonio||RB||5-11||215||10/22/1997||R||North Carolina|
The 26-year-old spent the entire 2019 campaign on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, but there's no guarantee he would have been on the 53-man roster if healthy. Love has an uphill climb ahead of him in 2020 with Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, Trent Murphy, A.J. Epenesa and Quinton Jefferson locked in at defensive end.
It's important to note Smith has not necessarily tested positive for the virus, but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- Smith has been placed on the list due to league protocol. This also leaves the Bills in a bit of a pickle for Sunday's game against the Jets -- as it stands right now, Tyler Kroft is the only tight end set for action.
t's important to note Becker has not necessarily tested positive for the virus, but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- Becker has been placed on the list due to league protocol. With Knox already ruled out for the game and tight end Lee Smith additionally placed on the list, Becker was probably looking at a callup for Sunday's game against the Jets, but the Bills will have to make due with whatever they can piece together. Right now, Tyler Kroft is the only tight end set for action against New York.
Jefferson is a key part of Buffalo's defensive line rotation and looks he should be fine as the team tries to move to 4-0 with a victory this week in Las Vegas.
Phillips won't count against Buffalo's 53-man roster while he resumes practicing. The 24-year-old linebacker only contributed on special teams Week 1 in his only game-action of the 2020 season thus far.
Wallace is now eligible to return to action in the next three weeks, but we'll see how an exact timetable sorts out as the cornerback gets some practice reps in. His pending return is good news for the Bills, who have suffered several injuries on defense recently, a few of those within Wallace's position group.
The Bills are continuing to ease Milano back into action, while he played just 19 defensive snaps during Sunday's win against the Jets. The standout linebacker will work to ramp up his activity ahead of the Week 8 divisional contest against the Patriots.
Norman missed the Bills' Week 7 win over the Jets due to a hamstring injury sustained in practice, and it now looks as though he's trending in the wrong direction to face New England. On a positive note for Buffalo, fellow cornerback Levi Wallace (ankle) has been designated to return to practice Wednesday.
An undrafted rookie out of Iowa, Boettger spent the preseason with the Bills before being cut this past weekend. At 6-6, 313 pounds, Boettger offers good size for a guard but figures to only see special teams action for now.
Buffalo is expected to make defensive linemen Trent Murphy and Harrison Phillips healthy inactives for the Week 6 contest, so Zimmer and Bryan Cox were summoned on short notice to provide extra depth along the defensive front. Zimmer previously suited up for the Bills in the season-opening win over the Jets, logging four tackles across 16 defensive snaps.
Lewis was limited in practice throughout the week, so the fact that he's officially playing is a positive sign for the Bills' secondary. With Josh Norman (hamstring) sitting out Week 7, Lewis could be in line for a slight uptick in snaps on defense and on special teams Sunday.
After activating Gooden from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team immediately placed him on waivers. This is slightly surprising because the Jets don't have intriguing depth at linebacker. The 24-year-old has nearly a month to find a new team before Week 1.
Prior to suffering a season-ending pectoral injury in 2019, Devey started four games for Las Vegas. With Richie Incognito now locked in at left guard, he'll likely play a depth role in 2020.
Johnson sure does pick up a lot of tackles for a third cornerback, as he's second on the team with 42 stops on the season. As we know, however, IDP numbers don't always equate with strong play and sometimes means your guy is simply allowing too many passes to be caught. In Johnson's case, he didn't even start Monday's game after temporarily losing his No. 3 spot, but he ended up seeing 86 percent of the defensive snaps after his replacement, Cam Lewis, got hurt early in the contest.
The 30-year-old joined the active roster Oct. 12 an exclusively played special teams over the past two games. Lacey could join the team's practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Jones should be good to go for Sunday's opener against the Jets, where he'll serve as one of the Bills' better options on special teams.
Plain and simple, this is a depth signing, but the Bills are on the lookout for high-motor guys with special teams skills and Matakevich fits that bill. He's averaged more than 300 special-teams snaps per season since joining the Steelers as a seventh-rounder out of Temple in 2016 while finishing in the top 10 in special-teams tackles three times. Matakevich hardly ever saw snaps on defense with Pittsburgh, but he's probably got enough ability to serve as the primary backup to one of Buffalo's starting linebackers.
Allen found sledding surprisingly tough against the winless Jets, failing to find the end zone after tossing multiple touchdowns in each of his first six games. He lost a costly fumble on 3rd-and-goal down 3-0 in the second quarter, but Allen had no problem moving the ball into field-goal range throughout the contest, as kicker Tyler Bass converted six field goals and missed another two. Allen also led the Bills in both carries and rushing yards, setting a new season high in the latter category. He'll hope to get injured No. 2 receiver John Brown (knee) back when the Patriots come to town in Week 8.
The rookie seventh-rounder can now join his new teammates and will try to win a job as a reserve cornerback in his first NFL season. Cornerback E.J. Gaines has already opted out for 2020, while star corner Tre'Davious White is considering it as of Thursday morning. Jackson may end up being more needed than the usual seventh-rounder, though there's little chance he'd ever start this early in his career.
The 27-year-old was called up for the Bills' Week 7 road trip to MetLife Stadium, but he's been sent back down to the practice squad after fielding just four offensive snaps in an 18-10 win against the Jets. John Brown (knee) was inactive for the game, allowing Williams the chance to suit up, but Josh Allen leaned on his most trusted weapons Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs in what was a closely-contested affair.
One would think Klein would be the beneficiary of extra playing time with fellow starter Matt Milano (pectoral) being out, but that hasn't been the case and Klein is spending a much higher percentage of time on special teams than in the regular defense. That's a bit of a surprise, considering Klein started off the season strong with five tackles in each of the first two games and has familiarity with Sean McDermott's defensive schemes. Klein only played 19 defensive snaps in Tuesday's loss and just eight the week prior against the Raiders, so it looks like he can be safely avoided in deep IDP formats. Plus, there's a good chance Milano returns as early as this week against the Chiefs.
It seems likely Webb will wind up on the Bills' practice squad in the near future, although it's a frustrating conclusion to an offseason in which the 2017 third-round pick hoped to compete for the backup job. Matt Barkley and Jake Fromm both made it onto the 53-man roster, so even were starter Josh Allen to go down with an injury, don't expect Webb to make a significant jump up the depth chart.
Bryant spent just one day on the COVID list before being cleared to return to team activities. The 26-year-old defensive end has played just four NFL games over four NFL seasons, so he's a fringe roster player heading into the 2020 campaign.
Hughes completed a huge game in Sunday's win over the Jets and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts, so perhaps coach Sean McDermott is just taking it easy on his veteran. We'll find out more when the team hits the practice field again Thursday.
Despite exiting last weekend's game against New England with an ankle injury, Morse's full participation estimate (the Bills didn't hold a practice on the holiday) suggests he'll be good to go for Sunday's season finale against the Jets.
Harrison started 10 games for the Jets in 2019, and it's especially odd that the Jets are cutting him with so many injuries at guard. However, the team will save $2.25 million against the salary cap, and they may try to bring him back at a lower salary after Saturday's final cuts.
Yeldon had a big Week 5 in a blowout loss to the Titans with 74 scrimmage yards and a receiving touchdown, but the team is committed to backup Zack Moss as the now healthy backup to Devin Singletary, while the third active spot always goes to special teams stud Taiwon Jones.
Diggs finished just one target behind Cole Beasley's team-leading total, but the slot receiver comfortably outproduced Diggs, with team highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (112). With at least six catches in all but one of his seven games with the Bills, Diggs should remain an integral part of Buffalo's offense in Week 8 against the Patriots.
The misses were not pretty and could have led to an embarrassing defeat for the Bills in what was a surprisingly close game most of the afternoon. However, the rookie sixth-rounder pushed through and ended up making kicks of 53, 48, 46, 37, 29 and 40 yards. In the process, Bass tied the NFL record for field-goal attempts in a game and became the first rookie to have eight attempts in an outing.
Hodgins was placed on injured reserve Sunday and is required to miss at least three games as a result, and the team is hoping he'll be recovered enough to return by then. At some point, however, he'll likely need surgery. The rookie sixth-round pick is eligible to return in Week 4 versus the Jets.
The Bills are set at safety with Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, but Marlowe knows the defense well enough to serve as a dependable backup and has proven to be a decent special teams player. His re-signing does leave the Bills' interest in veteran Kurt Coleman (now a free agent) in question, however.
Buffalo currently only rosters one available tight end, Tyler Kroft, with all of Dawson Knox, Lee Smith and Tommy Sweeney having been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The Tulane product appeared in four games with Jacksonville as a rookie in 2019, and he now appears fully recovered from his quadriceps and foot injuries. It's possible that Jones could see reserve action for the Bills during Sunday's game against the Patriots, considering the team's immediate need at the position.
The Bills' secondary is a banged-up group heading into an important Week 8 meeting with the Patriots, so we'll see if the key starting safety can get through the protocol and be cleared for Sunday's contest.
The veteran defensive end finished the week with a missed Friday practice, so he appeared to be a true 50/50 proposition coming into the weekend. However, Addison will apparently be available in his usual role as a rotational defensive end behind Jerry Hughes as the Bills look to slow down a short-handed Raiders offense.
Wade also spent last season on Buffalo's practice squad as an exempt international player. After he failed to make it through roster cuts Saturday, it was expected that Wade would be given another shot to stick around and continue his development.
Buffalo didn't have a carry by a running back until more than halfway through the second quarter, and that lack of variety allowed New York to focus on stopping the pass en route to a 10-0 lead. It was all Bills from there, but quarterback Josh Allen still ended up leading the team in both rushing attempts (11) and rushing yards (61). On the bright side for Moss, he was far more effective than Devin Singletary, who rushed eight times for 29 yards and caught just two of five targets for 18 yards. It will be tough to rely on Moss from a fantasy standpoint against the Patriots in Week 8 given his limited share of Buffalo's backfield touches, but the rookie third-round pick out of Utah has the potential to grow his role at Singletary's expense moving forward if Singletary's struggles persist.
The Bills selected Johnson in the sixth round in April, so he faces a bit of a challenge to make the final roster. The top three safety spots appear set between starters Jordan Poyer and Michael Hyde and veteran Kurt Coleman, so it'll be between Johnson, Dean Marlowe and Abraham Wallace for one or two spots to round out the position. Thursday's outing certainly helps Johnson's cause.
This is a bit of a shocker considering the rookie out of Iowa was a second-rounder in April and was the team's top pick. But hey, this was a strange offseason and players received no preseason game experience, so the Bills will start the season with a more veteran look at defensive end, an area where they have plenty of depth.
As the third quarterback, Fromm hasn't suited up for a game yet this season, as he's been a healthy scratch instead. Matt Barkley will continue to back up Josh Allen.
The Bills cut Williams from the practice squad Saturday but appear to be interested in bringing him back. If he does indeed sign with the Bills' practice squad again, he's not expected to be elevated unless injuries surface on the active roster.
Ford missed Week 7 after suffering the injury during a Monday night game in Week 6, and he continues to be a "week-to-week" proposition as described by coach Sean McDermott. On a brighter note, the Bills appear as if they'll be getting fellow starter Jon Feliciano (chest) back sooner than Ford.
Beasley paced the Bills in targets, catches and receiving yards with Stefon Diggs (six catches for 48 yards) held in check and John Brown (knee) sitting out. The 5-foot-8 slot receiver hadn't previously been targeted more than seven times in a game this season, so Beasley will be hard-pressed to match this output against the Patriots in Week 8.
Oliver managed to log a 'DNP/LP/FP' practice slate while dealing with a knee bruise this week, and it looks like he should be able to handle his usual starting role at defensive tackle. The 2019 first-round pick has generally floated between 50 and 70 percent of defensive snaps this season, so Quinton Jefferson and Harrison Phillips would likely see expanded roles if Oliver were to be restricted in any way.
Fromm comes with a higher pedigree than the usual fifth-rounder following a tremendous career at Georgia, and while he's seen as a smart guy and excellent reader of defenses, it may also be difficult for the youngster to even approach Barkley's familiarity with the Buffalo offense in what could be a shortened offseason due to COVID-19. More likely, Fromm will have to prove he's a better candidate than Davis Webb and hope the Bills keep three quarterbacks on the active roster instead of two. Still, Fromm is a promising enough guy that he adds a question mark to Barkley's long-term status with the team.
Kumerow was let go by the Packers over the weekend. Aaron Rodgers always seemed to like him in limited use, so that was also good enough for the Buffalo brass. The Bills run pretty deep at receiver, but if one of the regulars gets hurt it would likely be Kumerow, Duke Williams or rookie Isaiah Hodgins that becomes the next man up.
Scott will now be free to look for a depth role with another club when healthy. He hasn't seen any game-action since notching four tackles across six contests with the Bengals in 2018.
Bates signed with the Eagles as an undrafted-free agent out of Penn State this offseason. He joins a Bills team that is facing a rash of injuries to the offensive line and needs some extra bodies during the preseason. Bates will likely compete for a depth role along the offensive line and he could contribute on special teams as well.
As expected, Murphy will serve as a healthy scratch for Monday's AFC showdown. The Bills are looking for a spark after a tough loss to the Titans in Week 5, and perhaps this will help the team get right. Mario Addison is likely to start in Murphy's place, and Quinton Jefferson likely will rotate in as he typically does.
The 22-year-old had only eight tackles over his first two games of the season, but he's combined for 33 tackles over the past three contests. Edmunds posted 121 tackles and 115 tackles in his first two seasons and is on pace for a similar total in 2020.
The veteran safety is already up to two sacks on the season, a career-high, and he's piled up 58 stops (42 solo) through seven games, putting him on pace for a whopping 138 stops (96 solo). That would be quite the achievement for the 29-year-old, and his every-snap workload puts him in a good position to accomplish the feat.
The swing tackle will continue to operate along the right side with rookie Cody Ford, although the 34-year-old did miss five games earlier this year with a similar ankle injury, so it's possible the team could be cautious with the tackle.
Davis certainly had an opportunity for a big game, as he saw 95 percent of the offensive snaps on a day where John Brown was out with a knee injury and Josh Allen threw for 307 yards. But the passing game ended up going through Cole Beasley, as the Jets were content to give up the underneath stuff, allowing Davis' teammate to end up with 11 catches for 112 yards. Davis is a nice long-term play, but like anyone not named Stefon Diggs, he remains a hit-or-miss option in this offense.
We're going to guess the star corner isn't 100 percent given his game-time status all after missing one game and plenty of practice time lately. Still, White is as good as they come, so even while playing through the back issue his presence is still a boost to Buffalo's struggling defense.
Phillips and Trent Murphy will both serve as healthy scratches for Monday's conference clash. The Bills' coaching staff hopes this will turn things in the right direction following a disappointing Week 5 loss to the Titans. Quinton Jefferson is expected to be the main beneficiary of Phillips' absence, and Justin Zimmer should rotate in, too.
The 23-year-old has been on Buffalo's practice squad all season, and he exclusively played special teams in the two games he was elevated to the active roster as an extra player. Smith figures to have a similar role now that he potentially has a longer-term place on the team.
Buffalo is expected to make defensive linemen Trent Murphy and Harrison Phillips healthy inactives for the Week 6 contest, so Cox and Justin Zimmer were summoned on short notice to provide extra depth along the defensive front. Cox made six appearances with Carolina in 2019, notching 12 tackles and a half sack.
Dodson has been receiving plenty of action lately with injuries hitting starters Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, but with Edmunds playing again and Milano about to, Dodson's playing time was about to go down even without the injury. He'll now be forced out of action for at least a few weeks.
Sweeney was already on the PUP list due to a foot injury -- he hasn't seen action all season -- but because he's been deemed to have been in close contact with fellow tight end Dawson Knox -- who tested positive for COVID-19 -- Sweeney has been placed on the list due to league protocol, even though he doesn't necessarily have the virus himself.
The 26-year-old sustained the injury during last Sunday's win over the Rams and began the week not practicing, but he progressed to full practice participation Friday to avoid the questionable tag. Dawkins should post up in his usual spot at left tackle versus Las Vegas.
Williams profiles as a logical signing for the Bills for two reasons: 1) He can play tackle or guard, and the team was looking for that kind of versatility, as it is already set for the five starters. 2) He's yet another former Panther with ties to Bills GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott, both of whom started their careers with the Carolina franchise. Expect Williams to provide valuable depth as the Bills continue to beef up their offense around Josh Allen, with the ability to start in a pinch if injuries hit hard.
Tight end Dawson Knox tested positive for the virus while three others members of the tight end corps were deemed to be in close proximity to him at some point. Tyler Kroft was not part of that group because, in a nice twist of fate, he took a personal day to be with his newborn baby. Gilliam, who shifted from fullback to tight end earlier this season, was spared as well, as perhaps he was spending time mostly in special teams meetings. While he only has seen 13 offensive snaps this season, that could change out of necessity in Week 7. We don't think that makes Gilliam a fantasy factor on almost any level, but don't be surprised either if he shows up in a key play or two. The rookie scored a touchdown in Week 2.
Singletary had eight carries and five targets to Zack Moss' seven carries and three targets, but the latter finished with a 72-47 edge in scrimmage yards. Considering both running backs already cede a large chunk of Buffalo's rushing workload to quarterback Josh Allen -- who led the team with 11 carries for 61 yards in this one -- Singletary can ill afford to be outplayed by Moss. The second-year back out of FAU will look to bounce back in Week 8 against the Patriots.
Brown missed Sunday's win over the Jets due to a knee injury, the same issue which had previously forced him to sit out Week 5. The veteran wideout attempted to play through the injury Week 6, but he clearly looked hurt and was held without a catch. Full participation in Wednesday's practice seems to indicate that Brown is now completely healthy and on track for Week 8's divisional contest against the Patriots, barring any setbacks.
Knox was already going to miss Sunday's game against the Jets due to his calf injury, but the bigger issue is that the team's tight end room is almost completely depleted, as fellow tight ends Lee Smith, Tommy Sweeney (currently on PUP list), and practice squad player Nate Becker have been defined to have been in close contact with Knox and have also been placed on the and were also placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list and cannot take his place in Sunday's game.
Roberts was limited during Saturday's session and has proven he's healthy enough to play in the rare Tuesday outing. The veteran receiver could enjoy some extra reps on offense with John Brown (knee) sitting out, but he'll mainly work as a kick and punt returner.
Neal just went on the list last Thursday at the opening of camp, so he quickly cleared all the NFL's COVID-19-related protocols. He'll now begin trying to land a spot with the Bills as a reserve defensive back, and it's worth noting there's one less person in front of him after E.J. Gaines opted out of the season earlier this week.
With Quinton Spain (foot) sitting out, Winters could start Tuesday's game at left guard in Spain's place. Otherwise, he'll simply serve as depth on the offensive line.
Kroft was thrust into a bigger-than-usual role when a COVID-19 issue swept through the Bills tight end room late last week -- the only reason he wasn't caught up in the virus scare was because he took a personal day to be with his newborn child. The new papa saw a season-high snap share of 78 percent and tied his season high in catches. While that's all a nice story, Kroft will revert back to his No. 2 role once starter Dawson Knox (calf) gets back at it.
We'll see how Feliciano practices this week before we size up what's about to be a very important game against the Patriots. It's a good time for the starting lineman to get back in the lineup, as the rest of the line has started to have some injury issues and spotty play, plus the Bulls released starter Quinton Spain last week.
Special teams coordinator Heath Farwell said Friday that it's Bojorquez's job to lose and that he needs to be more consistent. The Bills signed kicker and punter Kaare Vedvik this offseason and he will be Bojorquez's main competition come training camp. Bojorquez ranked 30th in gross and net punt average among qualified punters in 2019.
Coach Sean McDermott tends to go easier on his veterans in the first practice session of the week, so this isn't too much to be alarmed about yet. That said, the Buffalo defense has been getting run over for several weeks now by opposing running backs, so Butler's presence is somewhat important toward Buffalo's chances of beating the Patriots in Week 8.
McKenzie appears to have picked up an ankle injury during Sunday's win over the Jets, in which he caught both his targets for 14 yards and lost 11 yards on his only carry. There's not yet any reason to be overly concerned about the depth wideout's Week 8 status.
It still isn't clear what sort of injury Green is dealing with. In any case, he'll now become a free agent, assuming he passes through waivers unclaimed.