The Bills wrap up the preseason in Chicago with a showdown with the Bears. It’s the final chance players will have to make an impression on the coaching staff and prove they belong on the 53 man roster.
Ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline on Saturday in which Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane will have to trim the roster from 90 to 53, here are five players the Buffalo Kickoff LIVE are keeping an eye on in the preseason finale.
Josh Reed – Wyatt Teller, OG
The interior of the Bills’ offensive line is very unsettled. Sean McDermott used all kinds of center and guard combinations against the Bengals. Rookie Wyatt Teller has shown flashes this preseason. There’s still a learning curve with Teller but he’ll likely get a good chunk of playing time in this one. And, at some point this season could push for significant playing time at guard if the struggles continue.
Nick Filipowsk – Nick O’Leary, TE
At the start of training camp it seemed Nick O’Leary was a lock to be the No. 2 tight end behind Charles Clay. But, as the preseason has gone on, Jason Croom and Khari Lee have seen an increase in time with the first and second team offenses with their play making and blocking ability. Sure, O’Leary had a nice touchdown against the Browns, but he needs to show up and standout if he wants a roster spot.
Sal Capaccio – Corey Coleman, WR
The coaching staff has to figure out if he knows the offense well enough to be counted on in all situations. If they’re convinced of that, he’ll make the roster and provide the speed the lack. If not, his spot is in jeopardy.
Thad Brown – Rod Streater, WR
Last year, Rod Streater was a shoe in to make the team before he got injured. This year he is squarely on the bubble. If he can finish the job and make the Bills, as far as the bottom of the roster goes, it would be the best story of the preseason.
Prescott Rossi – Adolphus Washington
After a slow start training camp, it appeared Washington would get some valuable 1st team reps when Kyle Williams went down. Instead, he was passed by rookie Harrison Phillips. I think Washington still makes the final roster, but that is largely due to circumstance. Along with the fact that he was drafted by the previous regime, Washington needs to start standing out if he is to have a future in Buffalo.