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By Joe Buscaglia
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Bills unveil initial 53-man roster

At 4 pm on Saturday, August 30, the deadline for teams in the National Football League to pare their rosters down to 53 players had passed. The Buffalo Bills got all of their moves in just under the wire, releasing 20 players and placing three others on Injured Reserve.

So who made the cut? Here is the updated depth chart:

Quarterback (2)
EJ Manuel, Kyle Orton

Running Back (4)
C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon

Fullback (1)
Frank Summers

Wide Receiver (6)
Sammy Watkins, Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Marcus Easley, Chris Hogan

Tight End (3)
Scott Chandler, Lee Smith, Chris Gragg

Offensive Tackle (4)
Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Chris Hairston

Offensive Guard (4)
Chris Williams, Erik Pears, Cyril Richardson, Kraig Urbik

Center (1)
Eric Wood

Defensive End (5)
Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes, Manny Lawson, Jarius Wynn, Jacquies Smith

Defensive Tackle (4)
Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles

**Linebacker (5)
Brandon Spikes, Keith Rivers, Preston Brown, Ty Powell, Randell Johnson
**Nigel Bradham does not count against the active roster in Week 1 due to his suspension

Cornerback (6)
Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, Corey Graham, Ross Cockrell, Ron Brooks

Safety (4)
Aaron Williams, Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams, Jonathan Meeks

Kicker (1)
Dan Carpenter

Punter (1)
Colton Schmidt

Kickoff Specialist (1)
Jordan Gay

Long Snapper (1)
Garrison Sanborn

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08/30/2014 4:51PM
Bills unveil initial 53-man roster
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08/30/2014 4:55PM
wide receiver
im sure easley is in there somewhere
08/30/2014 5:29PM
flop the Qbs
They have it wrong. Orton should ahead of Manuel.
08/30/2014 5:32PM
Doug "Desparado" Whaley
I thought you had an offseason, free agency, draft, OTAs, training camp, and preseason before you grabbed anyone who's still out there.
08/30/2014 5:52PM
not a fan
not a fan of the kickoff specialist. Keep him for week one and if every kickoff I not in the 1st row kick him out when you have to make a roster move for Bradham for week 2
08/30/2014 5:53PM
It's good to see there is a veteran QB to backup the Bills' QB of the future.
08/30/2014 6:17PM
The Dougs
Brilliant! Good call on the backup QBs. Too bad it's 6 months late. Also, great call on punter and kickoff specialist. Nice to give them an audition when it really counts. Pegula track record of keeping the braintrust for 2 years, this should be alot of fun. I want Trump.
08/30/2014 6:20PM
Doug ourselves twice the hole
Pay the Jills
08/30/2014 7:07PM
Good questions
Were there any good veteran players cut by other teams the Bills can pick up? This can't be final. Can't believe the turnstile revolving door Kouandjio survived. I thought he sucked.
08/30/2014 7:11PM
#3 ...
That looks like Thad Lewis' face in a Manuel jersey. ...
08/30/2014 7:33PM
oh boy...
Cleveland is getting two top ten picks this year...
08/30/2014 8:15PM
Mistake on this list
According to Buffalo Bills.com Colton Schmidt was the kickoff specialist and Jordan Gay was the Punter. This info here is wrong.
08/30/2014 8:22PM
Cannot wait unil the new owner gets his hands on this laughing stock they call a team
What a joke from quarterback to coaching techniques & beliefs! At 56, I've had enough and given up complete hope..almost..until our new owner comes in and shake things up as needed.
08/30/2014 9:06PM
Same old Bills.
Aaaannnnndddd....our backup is someone we picked up off the waiver before cuts announced on cut down down. Sounds about par for the course.
08/30/2014 9:34PM
Cleveland .....
you are on the clock.
08/30/2014 9:36PM
it just keeps going
Baloney Marrone is sinking fast- the Orton signing made sense BUT cutting Tuel at this time is totally STOOPID !what happens if the Princess gets injured in game one? who takes over? Orton may be a better QB but he has not had proper time to learn plays and bond with the receivers? and He just might be in "Football" shape? this just shows how desperate the coach really is- just a matter of time before the front office wakes up and cuts Marrone n his OC sidekick "Hatcheck"
08/30/2014 10:04PM
Where is this picture from, with the Nike ball?
08/30/2014 10:51PM
What about Mikolubuandibangoosoo Bobonadfullymongo?
I thought he was a lock.
08/30/2014 10:55PM
Orton should have been here in June.
08/30/2014 11:37PM
I think Marrone should be coaching the Sabres - with these cuts ? the Bills will definitely have the number one choice this year- he could do the same for the Sabres n Timmy Murray
08/31/2014 1:53AM
Cut Cohen but keep a kickoff specialist. Makes sense....... Are you kidding me? Seriously questioning mgmt with this one
08/31/2014 4:23AM
Orton Will Be............
Starting by week 4 or 5, no way the fans will let Marone play EJ if he continues to stink up the field.
08/31/2014 5:13AM
This team can carry and extra kicker? The front office and coach are a joke. I hope they prove me wrong.
08/31/2014 6:51AM
This is our guy
Sounds like Whaley hit the jack pot with Colton Schmidt. http://www.ninersnation.com/2014/7/2/5866063/49ers-roster-90-in-90-breakdowns-colton-schmidt
08/31/2014 7:39AM
Just win some games
No one will care or second guess anything. Just win and all us forgiven. But after preseason it doesn't look good already. EJ, is he the guy? Don't look like it. It's time for the coach and QB to show what they got, or go some place else. These guys are the reason we suck right now....
08/31/2014 9:35AM
well manuel isnt whaley's guy
we are stuck with this inaccuracy for awhile it looks like. now a we get a reject backup what a mess gailey left us in.
08/31/2014 11:22AM
EJ hasn't shown anything thus far. What makes you think things will change in regular season. Put Kyle Orton in he's been through everything. No he's not Jim Kelly but he's proven he can win . he has a strong arm
08/31/2014 1:25PM
you mean they didnt cut marone???
08/31/2014 1:31PM
Why are they showing EJ with a Nike Football? Shouldnt it be an NFL ball? LOL
08/31/2014 1:58PM
with the offense the Bills have? they won't need a kicker because they won't score BUT they should have signed 2 punters because one punter needs to rest as the other punts from never scoring a third down- punter will be the most important player on this team
08/31/2014 2:20PM
Fire everyone
Worst moves ever,no one involved in the management of this team should work again.
08/31/2014 3:05PM
Actually the Bills are not a bad team, except for the quarterback position. Running backs are good, receivers good, tight end OK, the OLine iffy. It remains to be seen how good they are, but they are better than many other teams OL. The defense is good all round. Not sure about special teams but Carpenter, Easley and Goodwin are fine. EJ Manuel is a deer in the headlights. His QB performance is poor. He drags the team down. Cant read the field, cant hit a receiver on the fly. Wildly inaccurate even on short passes. Throws behind and over receivers. Orton may be OK, but its gonna take some time with him. However, EJM is so bad that I expect Orton to be the starting QB after a few games. That wont be good enough to get the Bills to the playoffs but it may be good enough to get them to an 8-8 record. Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but lets hope thats good enough to get the Bills past the Jets and Dolphish, so we wont be in last place again. Can the Dougs and EJ! Then when the new ownership comes in - he/ they will have something to build on.
08/31/2014 3:23PM
same old bills!
Should have kept #1 this is going to. Be nasty
08/31/2014 3:26PM
According to Buffalo Rumblings, Kyle Orton, the highest paid backup QB in the NFL, is paid more than twice what EJ Manuel is paid. That oghtta tell us something about who's gonna be the starter this season. Also the Bills tried to trade with the Pats for Ryan Mallett on Sunday. That should tell us what the Dougs really think of EJ Manuel. Despite what they say.
08/31/2014 3:38PM
3rd QB
The Bills really need a 3rd QB on the roster in case something happens to Orton. How bout Tyler Wilson? Released by the Bengals on Friday. He set all kinds of records in Arkansas, and was the top rated college QB after his junior year, but he elected to stay at Arkansas for his senior year. And I would also add another QB to the Practice Squad. The Bills need QB competition. Competition is great! The more the better. That could be Jeff Tuel -he knows the system. If nobody better is available that is. Good insurance. I'd also consider Tim Tebow. he took the Broncos to the playoffs and beat Pittsburgh in his first year. He also can run -scramble.
08/31/2014 4:35PM
Why carry 3 kickers? Whats up with that? Sign a 3rd QB for Chrisakes!
08/31/2014 7:14PM
So True
It is not Whaley's fault that Manuel was picked, but it is Whaley's fault that Manuel has played without any legitimate competition at QB AND that there is little chance for the Bills to draft a top tier QB next year. Thus, Whaley is to blame for the current mess at offense.
08/31/2014 8:23PM
no confidence
Not sure about coaching staff with the they handle preseason not very well run.
09/01/2014 7:01AM
has there ever been a more coddled athlete in Buffalo sports history than EJ? it has been a joke since the moment he was drafted. Only reason he is here is because of Whaley, and the only Whaley is here is ................
09/01/2014 8:12AM
this is a nightmare
even before the season begins
09/01/2014 11:05AM
If fans see the folly
Imagine being a veteran in the locker room watching this comedy show. They have to be shaking their heads.
09/02/2014 2:02PM
Sign a QB that gives us a chance. THIS YEAR!
09/02/2014 7:40PM
Party like its 1999
Can we please get Bill Polian back? Just for 2ish years? Over the past two drafts, the Bills have managed to sink 3 high first round picks into a "top 100" QB and a broken "stud" WR. The improved "D" will look average after spending 36 minutes per game on the field. Buffalo has a farm team in the Bisons, the Bills have been somehow set up to play in their shadow. I feel bad for all of the careers being ruined in Buffalo, the players and fans deserve better - much better!!
09/03/2014 10:17AM
Corrupt, no doubt. Morning talk show host are just trying to keep their jobs by being the devils advocate and not speaking the truth about what really is. Especially his co-host of late.
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