With only one day remaining for teams get cut down to 53 players on their final roster, here is my final 53-man roster projection for the Buffalo Bills:
Blue = Makes 53
White = Released
Orange = Reserve/PUP (not counting against 53)
A few notes:
1.) Given the 16-man practice squad (17 for the Bills if they choose to use their exempt spot on running back Christian Wade), 70 of the 80 current players could actually still be with the team next week. Of course, it’s doubtful every person cut is signed back to the practice squad. A few could be claimed, some may want to go to another team’s practice squad where they feel they have a better shot at making an active roster eventually, and the Bills may sign players who get cut by other teams eating up their own spots. However, I think a majority of them will be back with the Bills.
2.) With the new injured reserve rules allowing an unlimited number of players to return from I.R. during the season and players only needing to be on I.R. for a minimum of three weeks, it may impact what the team does with guard Jon Feliciano and fullback Patrick DiMarco. One possible scenario is that one or both make the final 53-man roster, then placed on I.R., and then the team re-signs someone they cut originally. The reason is because if they are placed on I.R. prior to making the final 53-man roster, they would have to be out for the entire season. I don’t see that happening. Feliciano had surgery for a torn pectoral muscle last month and DiMarco hasn’t practiced since the media has been able to attend starting on Aug. 17 due to a neck injury.
If the Bills choose to go that route for Feliciano, I’d have Boettger as the player getting re-signed back to the active roster, provided he cleared waivers. If they do it with DiMarco, I could see them either not utilizing a fullback for at least the first week, and bringing back a player from another position who could help on special teams.
3.) Tommy Sweeney would be moved from Active/PUP to Reserve/PUP, so he would not count on the active roster. He could stay there for six weeks before the team would then have to make a decision on what to do with him for the rest of the season.
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