Entering the 2017 NFL Season, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make before the start of the season. With training camp and the preseason now just around the corner, it will be interesting to see how these on and off the field decisions are made and what effect they are likely to have on the short term future in Buffalo.
As it pertains to the team’s roster for the upcoming season, decisions are quickly looming with roster cuts and depth chart moves likely to come. Continuing our new series, we will take a look each day at a positional group on the Buffalo Bills roster and what the outlook appears to be as well as make our own predictions on how things will turn out.
Continuing our new series today, we will take a look at what the future holds for the Buffalo Bills at the defensive tackle position.
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Starters: Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams
Much like the changes that have affected the defensive end position due to the switch in defensive schemes, this year’s defensive tackle depth chart promises to look different than last year. The big difference is that instead of playing with just one nose tackle, the Buffalo Bills defense will have two big men clogging up the interior of the line.
The two starters at this position are likely to be Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams. While both have some major question marks due to past injuries, both players are likely to enter the season as starters on the Bills depth chart. Unless those injury concerns come to life and take effect, Dareus and Williams are locked in as starters at the position.
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Backups: Jerel Worthy and Adolphus Washington
Much the same here in terms of roster battles. Worth and Washington are the third and fourth best defensive tackles on this roster right now with Washington possessing a high ceiling. The only reason he sits as my fourth string defensive tackle is due to his arrest during the offseason. Needing an extremely solid training camp to prove his worth, I could see Washington slotting into the third string role once the season begins.
As the season gets deeper, Washington will likely move into a second string role with Worthy moving back to his rightful third string spot. However, with the Bills coaching staff looking to teach discipline and be tough on the players, Washington should see a drop in status as punishment for his offseason arrest.
Fighting for a Roster Spot: Deandre Coleman
Deandre Coleman is someone who seems to be stuck in the middle as it pertains to earning a roster spot and being cut. With undrafted free agent Nigel Williams unlikely to put up much of a fight for a roster spot, Coleman needs to prove to the Buffalo Bills that he is worthy of being a fifth defensive tackle on the team’s roster.
Should Coleman not prove this, it is likely that he will be cut, opening the door for Nigel Williams to potentially make the team’s practice squad this season.