The Buffalo Bills’ initial 53-man roster is set, but changes are coming.
Andre Roberts and Dean Marlowe, both released on Saturday, will return to the team today after Buffalo shuffles a few players on the roster. Buffalo can also utilize the waiver system if they feel there are players who can improve an already impressive roster.
Who are some potential targets for Buffalo? Here are three options.
CB Rasul Douglas
Buffalo’s initial 53-man roster only has five cornerbacks on the roster. The total itself is fine, but Josh Norman and Levi Wallace have both dealt with hamstring injuries in the last few weeks. Early in the season it will be important to have depth options.
One cornerback that checks a lot of boxes for the Bills is Rasul Douglas, formerly of the Eagles.
Size? Check. Douglas stands in at 6-feet-2-inches tall.
Length? Check. The cornerback has 32-and-3/8-inch arms.
Tackling? Check that box as well. Entering the 2017 NFL Draft, Douglas was considered one of the better tackling cornerbacks in the draft class. He had a tackling efficiency of 13.4.
Mike Kaye of NJ.com wrote today that Douglas would benefit from playing in a system that plays a lot of zone.
RB Dare Ogunbowale
The Bills have said nothing but positive things about T.J. Yeldon leading up to the 2020 season so it was no surprise to see him on the team’s 53-man roster. An argument could be made, however, that a better option exists for the No. 3 running back job.
Dare Ogunbowale, 26, is a terrific pass catcher (35 receptions in 2019) and pass protector who could replace Yeldon as the team’s third-down back.
He’s also considered to be a special teams standout. Buffalo has done plenty to give Heath Farwell talent on special teams, but adding Ogunbowale, a former special teams captain with the Buccaneers, could put the Bills’ unit over the top.
CB Nate Hairston
Nate Hairston is a player that the Bills know well.
The cornerback drew plenty of interest from the Bills leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. Hairston met with Buffalo at the East-West Shrine Game and the Bills would go on to bring Hairston in for a top-30 pre-draft visit.
Hairston should also be considered as an appealing option for Buffalo as he has experience playing in a zone scheme.
The last reason Buffalo should be interested in Hairston? He was most recently with the New York Jets, Buffalo’s Week 1 opponent.
In his career with the Colts and Jets, Hairston, 26, has appeared in 38 games (17 starts).