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/>Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBuffalo Rumblingsa Buffalo Bills communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBillsOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapFiled under:2019 Buffalo Bills free agencyNotesBuffalo Bills NFL Draft CoverageBuffalo Bills depth chart Jaquan Johnson Jersey Draft , offseason program 2019New,87commentsThe Bills added a lot of players in free agency and the draftEDTShareTweetShareShareBuffalo Bills depth chart, offseason program 2019The Buffalo Bills entered the 2019 offseason with many holes on their roster. They addressed a very large number of them in the first few days of free agency and continued building depth. Here is where the roster stands following the 2019 NFL Draft. We aren’t including undrafted free agents until the team announces them officially.The offensive line is completely up in the air. Is Dion Dawkins the left tackle or are they moving him to guard? Are they thinking long-term or short-term? The only thing set on the line is Mitch Morse at center, so we’re giving our best guess that the drafting of Cody Ford means a bit of a shake-up on the offensive line, which we note below. Note: Players are listed in alphabetical order in the body of the article but an unofficial depth chart appears at the end of the article. Free-agent additions are marked with an *, draft picks are marked with a +, and undrafted free agents with a #.QuarterbackJosh AllenMatt BarkleyTyree Jackson#This position would seem to be set with the “franchise quarterback” and veteran backup, but the addition of the big-bodied Jackson and the retirement of Derek Anderson add some intrigue to the preseason, at least.Running BackPatrick DiMarcoFrank Gore*LeSean McCoyMarcus MurphyDevin Singletary+Senorise Perry*Christian Wade*T.J. Yeldon*Will LeSean McCoy be the lead back in 2019? Buffalo needed to get younger here, so they drafted Singletary in the third round and signed Yeldon. Buffalo released Chris Ivory after signing Gore, but will the Bills keep a four-headed monster at RB plus special teams options? Something’s got to give.Wide ReceiverCole Beasley*Victor Bolden, Jr.John Brown*Nick Easley#Robert FosterZay JonesRay-Ray McCloud IIIIsaiah McKenzieCam PhillipsAndre Roberts*Da’Mari ScottDavid Sills V#D’haquille Williams*Buffalo churned this portion of their roster most in 2019 free agency. John Brown and Cole Beasley should be in line for a ton of playing time in 2019, knocking Robert Foster to a complementary role. Former draft picks will need to work hard just to keep a roster spot. Undrafted free agents Sills and Easlye have a legit shot.Tight EndJason CroomDawson Knox+Tyler Kroft*Lee Smith*Moral Stephens#Tommy Sweeney+Kroft is the de facto starter and has the most playing time at the NFL level Jaquan Johnson NFL Jersey , but Smith also has extensive playing experience. Croom hasn’t proven anything at the NFL level. Knox is a developmental prospect, but should see playing time as a rookie while Sweeney seems like a practice squad candidate.Interior O-lineRussell BodineIke BoettgerVlad DucasseJon Feliciano*Spencer Long*Garret McGhin#Mitch Morse*Quinton Spain*Wyatt TellerMorse is the only player on the o-line set in stone, as his lucrative contract offer has him Sharpied in as the team’s center for the foreseeable future. The two guard spots are wide open at this point.Offensive tackleDion DawkinsCody Ford+Blake Hance#Conor McDermottTy Nsekhe*Jeremiah SirlesLaAdrian Waddle*We originally slid Dawkins over to guard, but Brandon Beane said Monday that he’s going to open the offseason as the left tackle. They said Ford was going to begin his NFL career at tackle but can slide inside to guard. He’s going to man the right tackle position while Nsekhe is the likely swing tackle.Defensive EndEli Harold*Jerry HughesDarryl Johnson, Jr.+Shaq LawsonMike LoveTrent MurphyEddie YarbroughBuffalo has a lot of uncertainty around this group, as Hughes, Lawson, Yarbrough, and Harold aren’t under contract past 2019. Johnson was a seventh-round draft choice that projects from a 3-4 OLB to a 4-3 DE prospect. Defensive TackleStar LotuleleiEd Oliver+Kyle PekoHarrison PhillipsJordan Phillips Quindarius Thagard#Robert ThomasJordan Phillips just signed a medium-sized contract extension to be a major part of the rotation following the retirement of Kyle Williams. Oliver was drafted ninth overall to be the main replacement for Williams on the line and should be penned in with starter reps.LinebackerLorenzo AlexanderMaurice Alexander* Tyrel Dodson#Tremaine EdmundsJuwan Foggie#Vosean Joseph+Deon LaceyMatt MilanoJulian StanfordCorey ThompsonLorenzo Alexander will probably play some defensive line as a pass-rushing specialist in addition to his role at linebacker. Maurice Alexander has starting experience at safety and could be a passing down presence. With two young studs, this position might be the most set on the roster. Joseph is a developmental prospect who will need to stand out on special teams to make the roster.CornerbackE.J. Gaines*Kevin Johnson*Taron JohnsonCam Lewis#Ryan LewisLafayette PittsDenzel RiceLevi WallaceTre’Davious WhiteBuffalo needed another cornerback capable of playing significant snaps and seemingly found two in Kevin Johnson and E.J. Gaines. Taron Johnson’s injury meant a safety was playing nickel cornerback a year ago and Wallace was the team’s fourth choice at outside cornerback behind Vontae Davis, Phillip Gaines, and Ryan Lewis. SafetyRafael BushMicah HydeJaquan Joseph+Dean MarloweSiran NealJordan PoyerAbraham Wallace#Bush was the team’s third safety in 2018 and played Big Nickel cornerback, as well. Joseph is a player who was expected to go higher in the draft. He can sit and learn behind the two top safeties and play some special teams for now.SpecialistsCorey Bojorquez (punter)Cory Carter (punter)Reid Ferguson (long snapper)Stephen Hauschka (kicker)Chase McLaughlin# (kicker)Andre Roberts (kick returner)*The Bills are going to have a Cory/Corey battle at punter Jaquan Johnson NFL Draft , it would seem. Both ended the year on injured reserve after different injuries. Hauschka was also hurt and struggled down the stretch, but we’d be surprised if they moved on from him. If they want to save money, McLaughlin has a big leg. Ferguson just signed an extension.Unofficial depth chart2019 Buffalo Bills’ Unofficial Offseason Workout Depth ChartPositionStarterBackupReserveReservePositionStarterBackupReserveReserve If he’s comfortable in his role, he could see the field very quickly." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBuffalo Rumblingsa Buffalo Bills communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsBillsOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapFiled under:NFL DraftAnalysisBuffalo Bills NFL Draft CoverageDawson Knox fits the versatile, athletic style Buffalo Bills want for their tight endsNew,17commentsIf he’s comfortable in his role, he could see the field very quickly.EDTShareTweetShareShareDawson Knox fits the versatile, athletic style Buffalo Bills want for their tight endsWith their second of two third-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Mississippi tight end Dawson Knox. Knox is a classic projection pick; a former quarterback who changed positions, he never even scored a touchdown in college. What makes him fit into Buffalo’s scheme, and what does his potential look like? Here’s a breakdown.Team FitAlthough Knox comes in with the billing of a project tight end, there’s room for him to earn playing time even in his rookie season, if he adjusts well to the league. The Bills like using versatile players who can play in-line or split out to the slot (or even motion out wide to the boundary). They need to be able to chip and release Jaquan Johnson Buffalo Bills Jersey , block on the move, and catch passes on deep crossing routes. Knox has that potential. He needs more practice running routes against coverage.The only players standing in his way are Tyler Kroft and Jason Croom. Kroft, signed to a three-year deal, will be the year-one starter, but there’s room to take Croom’s job. Tight end production was a black hole in 2018, but the position should rebound closer to 2017’s standards. The leader saw roughly 75 targets and turned that into around 45 catches, 500 yards, and a few touchdowns. The backup will have around 30 targets to work with. If Knox manages to reach the active roster in his rookie season, a reasonable expectation is around 22 catches, 350 yards, and maybe his first touchdown catch.Player comparisonKnox, who stands 6’4 3/8” and 254 lbs with 33.5” arms, isn’t the easiest player to match. As a quarterback who converted to tight end Color Rush Jaquan Johnson Jersey , a great athlete (4.58 forty, 34.5” vertical, 7.12 three-cone drill, 4.27 short shuttle) who was mostly untested in college, we have to do some projecting with his style. George Kittle makes some sense. Like Knox, he was used sparingly as a receiver, with 42 catches for 604 yards in his final two seasons (Knox managed 39 for 605). The main difference is touchdowns: Kittle had 10, Knox had zero. Kittle’s also a much more aggressive blocker.Other players who stand in a similar zone of height/weight/athleticism include Ed Dickson, Visanthe Shiancoe, and Jeremy Shockey. In
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