The 2021 NFL season is right around the corner and the pre-season will begin in roughly one week. This will be where players earn their spot in the 53-man roster and internal battles will be the storylines until week one. The Bills have plenty of battles that will need to be worked out during the pre-season and on offense. However, the highlight of any Buffalo Bills offensive roster prediction will be which receivers are kept in the last two spots. The offensive line will be another position to watch. With this also being the first look at Buffalo’s offense since their AFC championship loss, here is my 2021 Buffalo Bills offensive roster prediction.
Buffalo Bills Offensive Roster Prediction
Quarterback (3) – Josh Allen, Mitch Trubisky, Jake Fromm
The quarterback position should be straightforward for Buffalo. Allen is their star quarterback coming off of an incredible year and Mitch Trubisky is their new backup quarterback who can offer a reliable start if needed. Jake Fromm is the Bills’ project quarterback they are trying to groom into a reliable backup quarterback.
Trubisky is still a young former second-overall pick and his one-year contract with Buffalo implies that his aspirations of being a starter in the NFL are not gone. These three should be locks to make the 53-man roster.
Running Back (4) – Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Matt Breida, Taiwan Jones
The Bills have options at the running back position, but it shouldn’t be a tough decision. Christian Wade will be on the practice squad with his foreign exemption slot and Antonio Williams showed promise last season and should also land on the practice squad. Taiwan Jones’ abilities on special teams give him an edge over these backs and should give him the last spot. Singletary and Moss will continue to be a committee for Buffalo with Breida offering Buffalo the speed they lacked last season.
Wide Reciever (6) – Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, Marquez Stevenson
Buffalo has so many talented receivers on their roster cutting it down to six is a legitimate challenge. Multiple receivers will end up on their practice squad this season as a result. The two All-Pro receivers Diggs and Beasley will be back. New addition Emmanuel Sanders and promising sophomore receiver Gabriel Davis will also be locked for the 53-man roster. Fan favorite and skilled utility player Isaiah McKenzie should be a safe return and the last spot goes to the speedy rookie who appears to be in line to replace Andre Roberts for return duties.
The casualties of limited roster space will include sophomore receiver Isaiah Hodgins and fan-favorite Duke Williams. Hodgins has been impressive through minicamp and Buffalo won’t want to let him go even if they do decide to cut him. Many other Buffalo Bills offensive roster prediction lists likely have Hodgins making Buffalo’s 53-man roster. Williams should also get a practice squad spot with his unique height that Buffalo lacks from their other options at the position.
Tight End (4) – Dawson Knox, Jacob Hollister, Tommy Sweeney, Reggie Gilliam
The Bills knew going into the off-season they had to address the tight end position. Dawson Knox has been progressing so far, but with the loss of Tyler Kroft, a hole had been created on Buffalo’s offense. They filled this hole with veteran Jacob Hollister. Hollister is a former college teammate of Josh Allen’s and should be a nice addition to Buffalo’s high-powered offense.
Tommy Sweeney returning from injury gives Buffalo another fresh face to insert into their offense when needed. Reggie Gilliam will continue to be the fullback hybrid blocking tight end he was last season. These four should make up a solid position group that could always be bolstered down the line with another acquisition such as the seemingly elusive Zach Ertz.
Offensive Line (9) – Dion Dawkins, Darryl Williams, Mitch Morse, Cody Ford, Jon Feliciano, Forrest Lamp, Ike Boettger, Ryan Bates, Spencer Brown
Buffalo’s offensive line has come a long way in the last few years. Dion Dawkins and Darryl Williams have become a strong duo of starting offensive tackles and their interior group of Feliciano, Ford, and Morse is a strong combination of veteran leadership and youth development. Free-agent signing Forrest Lamp is an interesting addition that should be a huge help to the Bills’ rotation and can help keep Feliciano fresh or offer relief if the young Cody Ford is struggling in a game.
Rookie Spencer Brown is a project dripping with potential and Darryl Williams will be a great mentor for the young tackle. Boettger and Bates are Bills veterans now and they have always been consistent enough for Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott to keep around. This should be no different in 2021. Rookie guard Jack Anderson should make the practice squad with Buffalo not being known to give up on their drafted young players without giving them every opportunity to succeed first. Anderson is another player who you may see on other Buffalo Bills offensive roster prediction lists.