With the preseason soon to come to an end and roster cuts on the horizon, the time for making 53-man roster projections can come to an end very shortly. The season is about to start and more importantly the games will count. The question echoing in the minds of fans since the Bills last preseason game against the Detroit Lions is likely, “Who will make the roster and who will be cut?” Everyone has got their own “guy” on the roster bubble who they’re pulling for to make this team.
Whether you’re rooting for Duke Williams, Isiah McKenzie, or even Christian Wade, everyone has got a case as to why their “guy” should make the team. After reading through some roster projections and chatter on Twitter a thought came to me that I think signifies how much the Bills roster has improved during Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane’s time in Buffalo.
There is no question that the Bills have several challenging decisions to make, as there are more than 53 players that I’m sure they’d like to keep on their football team. Welcome to final Thursday Thought of the 2019 preseason: The Bills have a great problem on their hands.
To me, it’s a clear sign that a football team has done a tremendous job of building a potential winner when guys that maybe before would be locks to make the roster, are now guys clinging on for dear life. For example, a season ago Russel Bodine was battling for the starting center job. Now Bodine is almost guaranteed to be cut by Buffalo this Saturday. Even a guy like Duke Williams who has made many big plays throughout the preseason as a receiver and run blocker is someone that is firmly on the bubble. In years past, a player like Williams would be a guarantee to make the roster.
The point I’m trying to make is simple. The fact the Bills have too many players they’d like to keep on their team is a good problem. It shows that this is a team that is deep with talent at every position. This is not a claim you could have made several years ago. I’m quite certain that there will be Bills players that will get cut, only to be claimed by other teams. So even if your summer sleeper or your under-the-radar crush gets cut, don’t get too upset over it. The Bills have more talent than they have had in the last decade plus.
Case in point – during past preseasons, the third and fourth team offensive lines would be horrible and this would cause the other third and fourth team offensive players to not even have a chance to be evaluated. This is not the case for the current preseason. Even something as minuscule as how well the scout team offensive line has played this preseason, shows how far this roster has come.
Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have injected talent into this football team at every position and every level. They have quality starters, quality backups, and most importantly quality competition across the roster (well, maybe except for punter). All that is left to be said is this: let’s get this season started now!
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