Bills training camp roster with Mark Gaughan’s breakdown

Buffalo native Corey Graham, shown during minicamp in June, is one of the new faces on the Bills roster for next week's training camp. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
  • By Staff
  • Updated 1:18 AM
    July 14, 2014

Buffalo Bills training camp begins next week. Here’s a look at the team roster along with Mark Gaughan’s scoop on each player.

The Buffalo News will publish its training camp preview in Sunday’s editions.

No.PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.Exp.CollegeThe scoop

2 Dan Carpenter K 6-22287MontanaMentally strong player coming off great season, kicked great in spring.

3 EJ Manuel QB6-52402Florida StateIt all rides on EJ; watch for his accuracy, pocket presence in preseason.

4 Jake Dombrowski P 6-11901HarvardHarvard product has good leg but lack of experience makes him long shot.

5 Dustin Hopkins K 6-21932Florida StateWill need to boom KOs, hope Bills stay healthy to win specialist job.

6Dennis Dixon QB6-3 2155OregonIn his seventh NFL camp, probably faces last shot to win an NFL job.

7Jeff TuelQB6-3 2212Washington StateNeeds good preseason to convince Bills to keep more than 2 QBs on 53.

8 Brian Moorman P6-017414Pittsburg StateBill of Decade in ’00s allowed only 42 percent of punts returned last year.

9Thad LewisQB6-22194DukeWent 2-3 in relief last year, showed decisiveness in pocket in spring.

10 Robert Woods WR 6-01902USCReliable, good hands, gets separation, shows good chemistry with EJ.

11T.J. Graham WR5-111883North Carolina StatePlayed 71 percent of snaps but caught only 23 passes; in danger of getting cut.

13Ramses BardenWR6-62245Cal Poly-SLOWent 9-138 in a 2012 NYG game but career has been derailed by injuries.

14Sammy WatkinsWR6-1211RClemsonWatch for route-running progress; ran mostly screens, ‘gos’ at Clemson.

15Chris HoganWR6-12202MonmouthFavored to be Woods’ backup in slot; must show he’s a bit more physical.

16Cordell RobersonWR6-42051Stephen F. AustinBig man caught 221 passes at FCS level; cut from Browns camp last summer.

18Kevin ElliottWR6-32053Florida A&MSpent 2012 with Jaguars, tore ACL in Bills preseason game last year.

19Mike WilliamsWR6-22125SyracuseBooted off Bucs squad, aims to re-establish self as dominant physical WR.

20Corey GrahamCB6-01968New HampshireCould push Leodis for starting job or excel in nickel, on special teams.

21Leodis McKelvinCB5-101857TroyLooking to put together back-to-back solid seasons as a starter.

22Fred JacksonRB6-12168Coe CollegeLooked good in spring; at 33, Bills can afford to limit his summer reps.

23Aaron WilliamsS6-01994TexasPlayed 81 percent of snaps, won new contract, steps into Byrd’s big shoes.

24Stephon GilmoreCB6-11903South CarolinaLooking to stay healthy and assert self as one of game’s better corners.

25Da’Norris SearcyS5-112164North CarolinaDoes he have enough range to hold off Duke Williams for starting job?

26Anthony DixonRB6-12335Mississippi StateHigh-energy big back brings some needed attitude to special teams units.

27Duke WilliamsS5-112012NevadaAfter barely playing as rookie, does he have instincts to make impact?

28C.J. SpillerRB5-112005ClemsonEntering contract year, aiming to stay healthy, strike fear into foes.

29Ross CockrellCB6-0190RDukeMade 49 college starts, has smarts to edge Brooks for fifth corner spot.

30Mario ButlerCB6-11871Georgia TechFaces battle for reps; boasts size, aggressiveness, lacks top speed.

31Kenny LadlerS6-0200RVanderbiltPerhaps Bills’ top undrafted signee, he has smarts to battle for spot.

33Ron BrooksCB5-101903LSUFlashes athleticism but has not been able to stay healthy last 2 years.

35Bryce BrownRB6-02203Kansas StateEx-Eagle has speed to be change-of-pace back, help out on third downs.

36Jonathan MeeksS6-02092ClemsonAfter essentially a red-shirt year, let’s see if he makes some plays.

37Nickell RobeyCB5-81652USCAll he does is make plays; will be hard to beat out for slot corner job.

38Frank SummersRB5-92482UNLVStout favorite for FB role, “Tank” must keep improving as lead blocker.

40Jajuan HarleyS6-12131Florida StateStarted out as CB at Florida State, transferred to MTSU, has 4.47 speed.

41Darius RobinsonCB5-10175RClemsonMade 25 starts at Clemson, got seasoning facing Watkins in practice.

42Ronnie WingoRB6-32312ArkansasTallish RB spent last nine weeks on Bills roster, faces long odds.

43Derek BrimS6-0199RBuffaloCanisius High product walked onto UB, showed athleticism at pro day.

44Brandon SmithCB6-12052Arizona StateBig, fast corner, age 27, spent last 11 weeks on Bills’ 53-man roster.

45Jimmy GainesLB6-3240RMiamiCanisius High product started 27 games for “the U,” boasts quickness.

46Deon BroomfieldS6-0206RIowa StateHad 18 college starts; was around ball as senior, with 16 pass breakups.

47Michael CarterS5-111891MinnesotaA year removed from college, he has only 4.63 speed but showed instincts.

48Evan RodriguezFB6-22393TempleOffers more versatility at FB than Summers, but will have to block well.

49Darrin KitchensLB6-2229RFloridaWon leadership award at Florida, needs more bulk, can play special teams.

50Kiko AlonsoLB6-32382OregonWithout Alonso and Byrd, Bills have lost top 2 playmakers in back 7.

51Brandon SpikesLB6-22555FloridaMLB adds toughness to run D, aims to win time in Schwartz’s sub packages.

52Preston BrownLB6-1251RLouisvilleThird-round pick could start on weak side, but ran only 4.79 in 40.

53Nigel BradhamLB6-22413Florida StateHas shot to replace Kiko, but has yet to make any defensive impact.

54: Jacquies SmithDE6-22601MissouriIn camp with Dolphins in ’12, Jets in ’13, will get some edge rush reps.

55Jerry HughesDE6-22545TCUPoised for another big year rushing from right-end spot in Schwartz D.

56Keith RiversLB6-22356USCFormer ninth overall pick adds savvy. Can he be a strong-side playmaker?

57Ty PowellLB6-22492HardingSolid camp should win him role as versatile backup, special teams ace.

58Nathan WilliamsLB6-32491Ohio StateTough guy has bounced back from knee injuries, enters second NFL camp.

59Doug LegurskyG6-13156MarshallHis lack of size was exposed last year, but versatility gives him a shot.

60Kraig UrbikG6-53246WisconsinTough guy slowed a bit toward end of ’13, favored to hold down RG job.

61Colby WayDT6-4293RBuffaloHigh-effort long shot who had 15 sacks in a fine career at UB.

62Mark AsperG6-73253OregonSmarts, ability to play center give him a shot to edge ahead of Legursky.

64J.J. ’UngaG6-53201Midwestern StateBig-bodied guard but not real mobile, bids for backup interior spot.

65Garrison SanbornLS6-12406Florida StateUnderrated, high-quality long-snapper enters sixth season with the Bills.

66Seantrel HendersonT6-7331RMiamiSpring reps with 1st unit showed Bills think highly of this 7th-rounder.

67Bryan JohnsonDE6-4250RWest Texas A&MTough, strong-side college LB, age 25, might have some edge potential.

68Cyril RichardsonG6-5343RBaylorBig mauler in the mold Marrone likes, penciled in for one backup spot.

69Damien JacobsDT6-3284RFloridaRole player at Florida, has frame to get bigger and play two-gap style.

70Eric WoodC6-43106LouisvilleEntering prime of his career, his savvy helps O-line handle no-huddle.

71Cyrus KouandjioT6-7322RAlabamaCan he adjust quickly enough to speed rushers to win starting job?

72Edawn CoughmanT6-43131ShawPractice-squadder from tiny Division II school ran third team in spring.

73Antoine McClainG6-53362ClemsonEnters third camp with third team, hoping to find home as backup guard.

74Chris WilliamsG6-63207VanderbiltDidn’t get raves with Cards, but provides girth Marrone wants inside.

75Chris HairstonT6-63303ClemsonAfter yearlong absence, can he seriously challenge at guard or tackle?

76Macky MacPhersonG6-2290RSyracuseGrandson of legendary Syracuse coach will get feet wet in first NFL camp.

77Cordy GlennT6-63453GeorgiaEmerging as a home-run second-round pick at left tackle for Bills.

79Erik PearsT6-83169Colorado StateBills could do worse at RT (and have) if Kouandjio is not quite ready.

80Mike CaussinTE6-52434James MadisonBeen in Bills fold more than 3 years; needs luck to keep it going.

81Marcus EasleyWR6-22174UConnPlayed well on special teams and hoping that earns him roster spot again.

82Tony MoeakiTE6-32525IowaBills have high hopes ex-Chief can stay healthy, make 2-TE set dangerous.

84Scott ChandlerTE6-72608IowaGiant catch radius makes him a security blanket for Manuel.

85Lee SmithTE6-62654MarshallPlayed 27 percent of snaps last year, favored to stick due to blocking.

86Caleb HolleyWR6-2200REast Central (Okla.)Alaska native from tiny Oklahoma school won a shot after rookie tryouts.

87Chris SummersWR6-52151LibertyEnters third NFL camp hoping to make something happen in preseason.

88Marquise GoodwinWR5-91792TexasShould give Fisher fans some oohs and aahs with long TD catches.

89Chris GraggTE6-32442ArkansasCan his 4.5 speed translate onto field? Time is now if he’s to make team.

90Alan BranchDT6-63258MichiganBills need him to look good, because No. 3 DT will get lots of snaps.

91Manny LawsonDE6-52409North Carolina StateCan he create some edge pressure? Bills sure could use edge depth.

92Jarius WynnDE6-32856GeorgiaWill get every chance to show he can be No. 3 or 4 on DE chart.

93Randell JohnsonLB6-4245RFlorida AtlanticSeventh-round pick will get edge snaps to see if he has any pass rush.

94Mario WilliamsDE6-62929North Carolina StateSpent all spring in WNY and remains cornerstone of defensive front.

95Kyle WilliamsDT6-13039LSUCoordinators come and go, Kyle flourishes no matter defensive scheme.

96Stefan CharlesDT6-53232Regina (Canada)Raw Canadian has legit shot to make team if he has honed his technique.

97Corbin BryantDT6-43002NorthwesternPlayed 28.7 percent of snaps last year but faces stern battle for job.

98Ikponmwosa IgbinosunDE6-32861Southern Connecticut StateKind of a tweener who needs others to disappoint to earn a role.

99Marcell DareusDT6-33314AlabamaHere’s hoping summer goes better than spring for uber-talented DT.

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