The Buffalo Bills will be heading to St. John Fisher College in Rochester to begin Training Camp in just a few weeks. Heading into the summer practices, the team’s depth chart looks awfully different than it did just one season ago. Here at BillsMafia.com, I broke down the depth chart by roles and the levels of talent.
Note: Depth chart order is a combination of OTA rotations and my own personal opinions. Thanks to @JoeGoodberry for the depth chart format!
- At quarterback, E.J. Manuel has the potential to develop into a quality quarterback. However, after an inconsistent and injury-plagued rookie season, Manuel is listed as a “good backup.” Until he shows growth in padded practices, it’s unrealistic to label him as anything otherwise.
- The Bills’ running back position is stocked with talent. C.J. Spiller is arguably the most talented offensive player on the roster, but nagging foot/ankle injuries hindered his production in 2013. Fred Jackson had one of his best pro seasons last year, but at 33 years old, it’s hard to predict a more productive campaign. Bryce Brown could be a real sleeper that makes an impact as a rotational player.
- The Bills overhauled the wide receiver position this offseason, shipping Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers, after acquiring Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and selecting Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. While Watkins hasn’t played a pro snap, the front office envisions him as a “No. 1” from day one. Robert Woods has flown under the radar throughout the offseason, but was one of the more polished receivers coming out of USC last season, and looks to be in line for a big sophomore campaign.
- The tight end position was one that stirred up countless debates prior to the draft. Instead of adding a player like Eric Ebron or Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the team decided to roll with Scott Chandler, the team’s leading receiver in 2013, in addition to some relatively unknown players with potential in Chris Gragg and Tony Moeaki.
- The offensive line is another area where the Bills made drastic changes. Cordy Glenn and Eric Wood are the only two starters from 2013 guaranteed a starting job this season. The Bills signed left guard Chris Williams in free agency, while adding Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson and Seantrel Henderson in the draft. With Chris Hairston returning from an injury, there is serious competition at left guard, right guard and right tackle.
Check back Wednesday for the breakdown of the Buffalo Bills’ defensive depth chart!