Entering the season : ‘Final’ Roster and a look ahead.

So, recently, cuts have come and gone and we’ve made a couple of moves to help improve our team just a few days before the start of the 2010 campaign for this Buffalo Bills team.

Since my last article, we’ve made a few moves:

Cut or waived 24:

QB Levi Brown
HB Andre Anderson (Now on Cleveland’s practice squad.)
HB Chad Simpson
HB Joique Bell
HB Rodney Ferguson
TE JP Foschi
TE Andrew George
WR Aaron Rhea
WR Chad Jackson
WR Naaman Roosevelt
WR James Hardy
OL Jason Watkins
OL Kyle Calloway
OL Sean Allen
OL Kirk Chambers
OL Christian Gaddis
OL Andre Ramsey
OL Nick Hennessey
NT Rashaad Duncan
NT Lonnie Harvey
LB Donovan Woods
DB Lydell Sargeant
DB Dominique Harris
DB Ellis Lankster

Waived / Injured 1:

TE Derek Schouman

Placed 1 on Physically Unable to Perform list:

S John Corto

Signed 2:

TE David Martin (Formerly of Miami)

OG Kraig Urbik (Formerly of Pittsburgh)

Also remember, we have a few players on injured reserve already and one suspended for a few games. Because Schouman passed through Waivers without a bite, he ended up on IR with us.

Without any further ado – your opening day roster (unless the team surprises us all and makes a roster move before Sunday…never count that out with a team in rebuild mode) – set up in depth-chart format for ease of reading, with rookies and new acquisitions marked as such :

  1. QB 5 TRENT EDWARDS
  2. QB 14 RYAN FITZPATRICK
  3. QB 4 BRIAN BROHM
  4. HB 21 CJ SPILLER
  5. HB 22 FRED JACKSON
  6. HB 23 MARSHAWN LYNCH
  7. FB 38 COREY MCINTYRE
  8. TE 88 JONATHAN STUPAR
  9. TE 80 DAVID MARTIN
  10. WR 83 LEE EVANS
  11. WR 13 STEVE JOHNSON
  12. WR 11 ROSCOE PARRISH
  13. WR 86 DAVID NELSON
  14. WR 19 DONALD JONES
  15. OT 77 DEMETRIUS BELL
  16. OT 74 CORNELL GREEN
  17. OT 69 JAMON MEREDITH
  18. OT 71 ED WANG
  19. OG 67 ANDY LEVITRE
  20. OG 70 ERIC WOOD
  21. OG 60 KRAIG URBIK
  22. OG 68 CORDARO HOWARD
  23. OC 63 GEOFF HANGARTNER
  24. DE 99 MARCUS STROUD
  25. DE 98 DWAN EDWARDS
  26. DE 92 ALEX CARRINGTON
  27. DE 91 SPENCER JOHNSON
  28. DE 97 JOHN MCCARGO
  29. DT 95 KYLE WILLIAMS
  30. DT 96 TORELL TROUP
  31. OLB 90 CHRIS KELSAY
  32. OLB 53 REGGIE TORBOR
  33. OLB 58 AARON MAYBIN
  34. OLB 93 CHRIS ELLIS
  35. OLB 59 ANTONIO COLEMAN
  36. ILB 51 PAUL POSLUSZNY
  37. ILB 54 ANDRA DAVIS
  38. ILB 55 KAWIKA MITCHELL
  39. ILB 56 KEITH ELLISON
  40. ILB 52 ARTHUR MOATS
  41. CB 24 TERRENCE MCGEE
  42. CB 29 DRAYTON FLORENCE
  43. CB 28 LEODIS MCKELVIN
  44. CB 27 REGGIE CORNER
  45. CB 26 ASHTON YOUBOTY
  46. FS 31 JAIRUS BYRD
  47. FS 37 GEORGE WILSON
  48. FS 47 CARY HARRIS
  49. SS 20 DONTE WHITNER
  50. SS 43 BRYAN SCOTT
  51. K 9 RIAN LINDELL
  52. P 8 BRIAN MOORMAN
  53. LS 65 GARRISON SANBORN

Practice Squad:

  1. HB 35 JOIQUE BELL
  2. HB 44 RODNEY FERGUSON
  3. DB 36 DOMINIQUE HARRIS
  4. WR 16 PAUL HUBBARD
  5. WR 18 NAAMAN ROOSEVELT
  6. LB ?? JOHN RUSSELL (Wore 51 in college as a DE, will play OLB for us. Heavily recruited by Gailey when he was at GT.)
  7. OL 66 JASON WATKINS
  8. TE 49 DAJLEON FARR (Rookie out of Memphis, started his college career as a Miami Hurricane)

Injured Reserve:

  1. LB 57 DANNY BATTEN
  2. WR 81 MARCUS EASLEY
  3. TE 87 JOE KLOPFENSTEIN
  4. TE 80 DEREK SCHOUMAN

Reserve / Suspended:

  1. TE 89 Shawn Nelson

Physically Unable to Perform:

  1. S 33 Jon Corto

Since we can only dress 45 (and an emergency quarterback – Brohm) for Sunday – I’d bet that the following seven sit out :

  1. OT 71 ED WANG (Still recovering from injury.)
  2. OG 60 KRAIG URBIK (Signed just a few days ago, unlikely that he gets the nod over Howard, who’s been here all off-season and knows the scheme, for week one.)
  3. WR 19 DONALD JONES (Likely wouldn’t see the field at wideout, though his special teams skills would be helpful.)
  4. DE 91 SPENCER JOHNSON (As with McCargo, I expect Johnson to sit in favor of Alex Carrington – Kyle Williams can slide to end in the unlikely scenario of injury to both Stroud and Edwards.)
  5. DE 97 JOHN MCCARGO
  6. ILB 52 ARTHUR MOATS (Ellison is a better special teams player at this point, Mitchell is the primary option at backup ILB.)
  7. FS 47 CARY HARRIS (Deep secondary, luxury player at the moment – with five corners and four other safeties active, he’s unnecessary for this game.)

I think that Sunday’s game will open a lot of eyes about the Buffalo offense. We look, at the moment, like we’ve provided a vast improvement on that side of the ball over last year and I don’t know that anybody is prepared for it. The team has (officially and finally) named Trent Edwards the starting quarterback heading into 2010, and just this morning, CJ Spiller was named the starting runningback for Sunday.

Fullback Corey McIntryre, amidst rumors of his release, has collected a two-year contract extension this week, placing him among the highest paid fullbacks in the league.

The offense that I am so gung-ho about as of late really will need to perform well on Sunday to cancel out what I can expect to be an awful defensive showing against Miami’s rushing attack – if the preseason starting defense was indicative of ‘real’ action.

I’ll be at the stadium bright and early to start tailgating at 9AM (Garbage plates for this special occasion of a game) and hopefully writing a recap later that night before I hit the sack for work. I’d like to leave you with a prediction, however, of 20-14 in favor of our Buffalo Bills.

Thank you all for reading – enjoy your week leading up to the game and OF COURSE, enjoy watching Sunday afternoon as the Bills squish the fish!

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