Which Bills players should sit out this week?
We finally have NFL football this week! The Buffalo Bills will play the Indianapolis Colts in the first preseason game of the season on Saturday at 4:00 EST. The Bills have plenty of roster battles playing out during camp, whether they’re at the top of the depth chart or players fighting for the 51st-53rd roster spots. Most of the time, teams don’t play most of their starters in the first game, so who should sit out for Buffalo this week?
The Bills have plenty of depth to get through the preseason without worry. So benching some of their starters for a game or two won’t hurt anybody and will only help the guys lower on the depth chart. Guys like Christian Benford, Isaiah Hodgins, Cam Lewis, and Nick McCloud should look to improve their roster stock with these three games.
The Buffalo Bills don’t need to play Allen this week. Put him in bubble wrap and let him sit the game, and get up to speed next week against the Carolina Panthers. The duo of Case Keenum and Matt Barkley can hold down the offense. Buffalo has had too many injury scares in training camp, including Josh, to risk playing him this week.
Much like Allen, the Bills don’t need to see Miller play this week. Sitting Miller gives the younger pass rushers an opportunity to get some real football reps in before the season, like A.J. Epenesa, Boogie Basham, and old friend Shaq Lawson. The Bills could see a surplus of talent on the Defensive Line, especially at DE. So getting all of the younger guys up to speed is a must.
Buffalo also has a surplus of WRs on their roster, and the back end of the WR room is going to be in a tough competition before cutdowns are made. Tavon Austin, Jake Kumerow, Isaiah Hodgins, and Tanner Gentry will be in a battle for the last couple of roster spots. And sitting Diggs gives them a better opportunity to showcase themselves to Buffalo. Stefon has looked like his normal self during camp, which should be good enough for the Bills this week. If so, we could see a lot of Jake Kumerow and Isaiah Hodgins in his place.
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