The Buffalo Bills will begin their grueling summer training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY beginning Thursday, July 29, at 3:00 p.m. If you look at the current active player roster on Buffalo Bills.com right now, the Bills list a total of 81 players. The two top Bills draft picks, C.J. Spiller and Torell Troup, do not count towards the active roster until they sign their contracts, which brings the total to 79.
We have updated our list on 7/22 to reflect that the Bills placed tight end Joe Klopfenstein on I.R., so he will not be part of the Bills team in 2010.
Each training camp and preseason leads to the suspenseful final cuts as the team trims its roster down to the 53 man limit along with naming its practice squad as well. Whittling down the roster from 82 to 53 means that some of the current Bills who were thought to make the team will be surprise cuts, just as some sleeper types will come out of nowhere to make the team.
Since we have no way of knowing how many players will be kept at each position, let's toss out some preliminary numbers. Then we will list the players on the current roster by their position, so you can start to think about who will make the team and who will be asked to clean out their lockers.
We will also include the Bills players' jersey numbers, so this will provide you with a handy little printout if you are making the trek over to watch training camp in person. If you print it out, you can keep score at home after each round of cuts is made as we get closer to the season opener.
In the parentheses after each position group I projected a potential number of players that will be kept for that unit. The current team total projected is 52, so that leaves one wild card spot to be added according to injuries or some other free agent signing that has yet to be announced.
Feel free to add your comments if your projections differ from mine. Just be prepared to tell us which unit you would subtract from if you want to add more players to a different unit. Special teams players are not separated from their regular positions, except for the kicker, punter, and long snapper.
Current Bills 79 Man Active Roster as of 7/22/10
Quarterbacks (three) Brian Brohm (4) Levi Brown (10) Trent Edwards (5) Ryan Fitzpatrick (14)
Running Backs (four) Joique Bell (35) Rodney Ferguson (44) Fred Jackson (22) Marshawn Lynch (23) Corey McIntyre (38) Chad Simpson (30) C.J.Spiller (21)
Tight Ends (three) Michael Matthews (82) Shawn Nelson (89) Derek Schouman (80) Jonathan Stupar (88)..Joe Klopfenstein is now on IR - 7/22/10
Wide Receivers (six) Marcus Easley (81) Lee Evans (83) James Hardy (84) Felton Huggins (15) Chad Jackson (17) Steve Johnson (13) Donald Jones (19) David Nelson (86) Roscoe Parrish (11) Namaan Roosevelt (18)
Offensive Linemen (nine) Sean Allen (75) Demetrius Bell (77) Kyle Calloway (60) Kirk Chambers (73) Christian Gaddis (61) Cornell Green (74) Geoff Hangartner (63) Nick Hennessey (79) Cordaro Howard (68) Andy Levitre (67) Jamon Meredith (69) Andre Ramsey (76) Ed Wang (71) Jason Watkins (66) Eric Wood (70)
Defensive Linemen (six) Alex Carrington (92) Rashaad Duncan (72) Dwan Edwards (98) Lonnie Harvey (75) Spencer Johnson (91) John McCargo (97) Marcus Stroud (99) Torell Troup (96) Kyle Williams (95)
Linebackers (nine) Danny Batten (57) Antonio Coleman (59) Andra Davis (54) Chris Ellis (93) Keith Ellison (56) Nic Harris (50) Chris Kelsay (90) Ryan Manalac (52) Aaron Maybin (58) Kawika Mitchell (55) Arthur Moats (45) Paul Posluszny (51) Aaron Schobel (94) Reggie Torbor (53)
Defensive Secondary (nine) Jairus Byrd (31) Reggie Corner (27) Jon Corto (33) John Destin (41) Drayton Florence (29) Cary Harris (47) Dominique Harris (36) Ellis Lankster (25) Terrence McGee (24) Leodis McKelvin (28) Lydell Sargeant (40) Bryan Scott (43) Donte Whitner (20) George Wilson (37) Ashton Youboty (26)
Special Teams Specialists (three) Rian Lindell (9) Brian Moorman (8) Garrison Sanborn (65)
Quarterback—three kept out of four on the roster
Running Back—four kept out of seven on the roster
Tight Ends—three kept out of four on the roster
Wide Receiver—six kept out of 10 on the roster
Offensive Linemen—nine kept out of 15 on the roster
Defensive Linemen—six kept out of nine on the roster
Linebackers—nine kept out of 14 on the roster
Defensive Secondary—nine kept out of 15 on the roster
Special Team Specialists—three kept out of three on the roster
It looks like the equipment manager will be busy cleaning out lockers all summer. There is obviously lots of competition all over the roster, which is exactly what Chan Gailey wants to see. Training camp should promise to be a spirited environment with so many positions up for grabs and so many players trying to earn careers in the NFL.
Gailey will have his hands full trying to make these difficult decisions of who to keep and who to cut. Cutting someone is never easy, whether it is in high school or in the pros. Trust me, I know what it is like to tell somebody they didn't make the team. It is not fun, but that is part of the responsibility of being a coach.