The Bills announced today their final 53-man roster for the opening week of the 2018 NFL season. GM Brandon Beane and HC Sean McDermott made few surprise moves.
Wide Receiver Corey Coleman couldn’t impress during his limited time in Buffalo. Rumors about him being slow to learn the playbook and not being a good fit in the locker room are being reported at this point and could be the cause why the three-year veteran lost his spot to undrafted rookie free agent Robert Foster.
Another development during the preseason was the veteran TE Nick O’Leary losing reps to more athletic options. Logan Thomas and Jason Croom showed more potential in the passing game while Khari Lee is the best blocker on the group. They made the team over the reliable veteran.
Former Seahawks punter Jon Ryan signed with the Bills expecting to find the same type of success as his former teammate, kicker Stephen Hauschka. He couldn’t beat Colton Schmidt for the job and was released today.
After the cuts were made, the Bills were able to swing a trade and send QB AJ McCarron to Oakland in for a fifth-round pick in 2019. McCarron clearly lost the battle for the QB1 job against Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen, but his 4th quarter comeback versus the Bears in the last preseason game was enough to convince John Gruden as to his value as backup QB.
The Bills finish the day with 52 players on the roster, waiting for the waiver-wire opening tomorrow afternoon. Defensive line depth should be one target.