Buffalo Bills Roster 2018 Bills Roster

4-9, 3rd AFC East

vs DET

6:00 pm UTC, 12/16

Buffalo Bills are a team in a major rebuild, and what looked to be a promising direction of youth, things quickly went sour. Tyrod Taylor is in Cleveland, and the Bills drafted Josh Allen, and signed A.J. McCarron. They still have Nathan Peterman on the roster, and it will likely be a few guys to start here and there. LeSean McCoy will be 30 when the season starts, and another 30-year-old back is backing him up in Chris Ivory. It is hard to see where they are headed at either of these two positions, and it doesn’t get better. Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin are the two starting wide receivers, but Andre Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, and Rod Streater are the guys waiting in the wings. Unless there is a diamond in the rough here, this is not a promising core of wide receivers, especially for the future.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Josh Allen Josh Allen J. Allen 17
73
#44 QB 1 6'5" 237 22 5/21/96 0 2018 1 7 Wyoming
QB Matt Barkley Matt Barkley M. Barkley 5
73
#36 QB 2 6'2" 227 28 9/8/90 6 2013 4 98 USC
QB Derek Anderson Derek Anderson D. Anderson 3
68
3 6'6" 235 35 6/15/83 14 2005 6 213 Oregon State
RB LeSean McCoy LeSean McCoy L. McCoy 25
89
#7 RB 1 5'10" 198 30 7/12/88 10 2009 2 53 Pittsburgh
RB Chris Ivory Chris Ivory C. Ivory 33
78
#45 RB 2 6'0" 222 30 3/22/88 9 2010 Tiffin - OH
RB Marcus Murphy Marcus Murphy M. Murphy 45
66
#99 RB 3 5'8" 189 27 10/3/91 3 2015 7 230 Missouri
RB Taiwan Jones Taiwan Jones T. Jones 26
72
#79 RB 5 6'0" 194 30 7/26/88 8 2011 4 125 Eastern Washington
OT Jordan Mills Jordan Mills J. Mills 79
71
#65 OT 1 6'5" 316 27 12/24/90 6 2013 5 163 Louisiana Tech
OT Dion Dawkins Dion Dawkins D. Dawkins 73
79
#30 OT 1 6'4" 317 24 4/26/94 2 2017 2 63 Temple
OT Conor McDermott Conor McDermott C. McDermott 68
67
#94 OT 2 6'8" 305 26 10/19/92 2 2017 6 211 UCLA
OT Jeremiah Sirles Jeremiah Sirles J. Sirles 74
67
#118 OT 2 6'6" 315 27 8/8/91 5 2014 Nebraska
ILB Tremaine Edmunds Tremaine Edmunds T. Edmunds 49
74
#41 ILB 1 6'4" 253 20 5/2/98 0 2018 1 16
ILB Julian Stanford Julian Stanford J. Stanford 51
65
#77 ILB 2 6'1" 229 28 9/2/90 6 2012 Wagner - NY
OLB Corey Thompson Corey Thompson C. Thompson 52
67
#122 OLB 1 6'1" 224 24 12/23/93 0 2018 LSU
OLB Lorenzo Alexander Lorenzo Alexander L. Alexander 57
77
#37 OLB 1 6'2" 275 35 5/31/83 12 2005 California
OLB Deon Lacey Deon Lacey D. Lacey 44
66
#110 OLB 2 6'1" 227 28 7/18/90 2 2013 West Alabama
OLB Matt Milano Matt Milano M. Milano 58
77
#41 OLB 6'0" 216 23 3/17/95 2 2017 5 163 Boston College
SS Micah Hyde Micah Hyde M. Hyde 23
94
#2 SS 1 6'0" 197 27 12/31/90 6 2013 5 159 Iowa
SS Siran Neal Siran Neal S. Neal 29
69
#52 SS 2 6'0" 206 24 8/4/94 0 2018 5 154
P Matt Darr Matt Darr M. Darr 8
77
1 6'1" 220 26 7/2/92 3 2015 Tennessee
P Colton Schmidt Colton Schmidt C. Schmidt 6
75
#26 P 5'10" 215 28 10/27/90 5 2013 Cal - Davis
P Corey Bojorquez Corey Bojorquez C. Bojorquez 9
73
#26 P 6'0" 200 22 9/13/96 0 2018 New Mexico
FS Jordan Poyer Jordan Poyer J. Poyer 21
90
#7 FS 1 6'0" 191 27 4/25/91 6 2013 7 218 Oregon State
LS Reid Ferguson Reid Ferguson R. Ferguson 69
60
#34 LS 6'1" 243 24 3/24/94 2 2016 LSU
C Ryan Groy Ryan Groy R. Groy 72
71
#32 C 1 6'5" 316 28 9/30/90 5 2014 Wisconsin
C Russell Bodine Russell Bodine R. Bodine 66
72
#30 C 6'3" 310 26 6/30/92 5 2014 4 111 North Carolina
DT Star Lotulelei Star Lotulelei S. Lotulelei 98
75
#41 DT 1 6'2" 311 28 12/20/89 6 2013 1 14 Utah
DT Kyle Williams Kyle Williams K. Williams 95
83
#15 DT 1 6'1" 306 35 6/10/83 13 2006 5 134 LSU
DT Harrison Phillips Harrison Phillips H. Phillips 99
65
#75 DT 2 6'3" 307 22 1/25/96 0 2018 3 96 Stanford
DT Jordan Phillips Jordan Phillips J. Phillips 97
75
#43 DT 2 6'5" 329 26 9/21/92 4 2015 2 52 Oklahoma
DB Rafael Bush Rafael Bush R. Bush 20
77
#30 DB 1 5'11" 195 31 5/12/87 8 2010 South Carolina State
WR Robert Foster Robert Foster R. Foster 16
68
#139 WR 1 6'2" 196 24 5/7/94 0 2018
WR Zay Jones Zay Jones Z. Jones 11
77
#78 WR 1 6'2" 202 23 3/30/95 2 2017 2 37 East Carolina
WR Deonte Thompson Deonte Thompson D. Thompson 10
76
#93 WR 2 6'0" 203 29 2/14/89 7 2012 Florida
WR Ray-Ray McCloud Ray-Ray McCloud R. McCloud 14
67
#160 WR 2 5'9" 190 22 10/15/96 0 2018 6 187
WR Da'mari Scott Da'mari Scott D. Scott 15
65
#341 WR 3 6'1" 205 23 8/8/95 0 2018
TE Charles Clay Charles Clay C. Clay 85
82
#17 TE 1 6'3" 250 29 2/13/89 8 2011 6 174 Tulsa
TE Logan Thomas Logan Thomas L. Thomas 82
62
#101 TE 2 6'6" 248 26 7/1/92 4 2014 4 120 Virginia Tech
TE Jason Croom Jason Croom J. Croom 80
64
#98 TE 3 6'5" 246 24 2/28/94 1 2017 Tennessee
DE Trent Murphy Trent Murphy T. Murphy 93
80
#45 DE 1 6'5" 250 27 12/22/90 5 2014 2 47 Stanford
DE Jerry Hughes Jerry Hughes J. Hughes 55
84
#30 DE 1 6'2" 255 30 8/13/88 9 2010 1 31 TCU
DE Shaq Lawson Shaq Lawson S. Lawson 90
76
#70 DE 2 6'3" 269 24 6/17/94 3 2016 1 19 Clemson
DE Eddie Yarbrough Eddie Yarbrough E. Yarbrough 54
62
#149 DE 2 6'2" 253 25 4/24/93 2 2016 Wyoming
FB Patrick DiMarco Patrick DiMarco P. DiMarco 42
85
#3 FB 4 6'1" 240 29 3/26/89 8 2011 South Carolina
CB Tre'Davious White Tre'Davious White T. White 27
89
#12 CB 1 5'11" 191 23 1/16/95 2 2017 1 27 LSU
CB Ryan Lewis Ryan Lewis R. Lewis 38
65
#252 CB 1 5'11" 191 24 4/15/94 1 2017 Pittsburgh
CB Lafayette Pitts Lafayette Pitts L. Pitts 30
61
#173 CB 2 5'10" 200 26 9/24/92 3 2016 Pittsburgh
CB Taron Johnson Taron Johnson T. Johnson 24
67
#138 CB 5'11" 192 22 7/27/96 0 2018 4 121
CB Vontae Davis Vontae Davis V. Davis 22
77
#65 CB 5'11" 205 30 5/27/88 10 2009 1 25 Illinois
G John Miller John Miller J. Miller 76
77
#32 G 1 6'2" 303 25 8/12/93 4 2015 3 81 Louisville
G Wyatt Teller Wyatt Teller W. Teller 75
67
#81 G 1 6'4" 314 24 11/21/94 0 2018 5 166
G Ike Boettger Ike Boettger I. Boettger 65
68
#75 G 2 6'6" 307 24 10/5/94 0 2018
G Vladimir Ducasse Vladimir Ducasse V. Ducasse 62
72
#55 G 2 6'4" 325 31 10/15/87 9 2010 2 61 Massachusetts
K Steven Hauschka Steven Hauschka S. Hauschka 4
78
#21 K 1 6'4" 210 33 6/29/85 11 2008 North Carolina State

Buffalo Roster Taking Shape

Despite dismantling a roster and benching players with key roles, the 2017-18 Buffalo Bills were able to secure a playoff spot. Their 9-7 season does little to detail the roster moves and uproar surrounding the organization, but the team is finally taking shape. The team gave up next to nothing to acquire Kelvin Benjamin from the Carolina Panthers. Benjamin was Cam Newton's favorite target and it is no wonder given his large frame and big upside. This move paved the way for the team to draft Josh Allen in the first round. His big arm and highlight reel plays are the perfect combination to favor Kelvin's game style.

Aside from these mentioned additions, the team did very little to bolster their roster or build through the draft on offense. They picked up a few wide receivers off waivers in the off-season, piecing a depth that has both size and speed. This dual-combination of forces allows for the team to host a slot presence and keep the outside open for big plays and downfield strikes. It is a mesh that the team is excited about and it is a talent pool that gives Josh Allen the variety he needs to spread the ball around. The backfield also favors a younger quarterback given that LeSean McCoy does it all. There are few backs in the league that are good for all three downs, but McCoy can claim this role. His pass-catching capabilities favor heavy usage of the ten-year talent out of the University of Pittsburgh.

The team did experiment on the defensive side of the ball. They bolstered their defensive line, combining players that have experience within the league with guys like Shaq Lawson and Marquavius Lewis who are still searching for solidified roles. This talent-to-learner combination is something the team can develop over time. Given a full off-season, the team will be able to create sets and looks that favor the different type of skill sets rostered. The secondary is headlined by Vontae Davis and Micah Hyde. These two defensive leaders will banner a roster combination that pieces together past talents within the league. The experience in the secondary reduces the need to teach fundamentals and helps focus on different pace of play, set types, and other such in-game factors.

From a fantasy perspective, there are a few players to add to your short list of late-round grabs. The first is Zay Jones. Jones had a lackluster first season with the Bills but was able to perform when given the correct offensive sets. His game is structured around the deep ball and playmaking influences. With Allen under center, the team is able to increase downfield targets for all of their wide receivers, a space where Jones will excel. He is often placed on the bottom tier of draft boards, making for an interesting waiver wire pickup. Also look for LeSean McCoy's usage to increase. While his usage rate already ranks within the top talents in the league, this number will continue to climb given the younger quarterback. The team will create new looks for the back and his touches should climb on this basis.