Well, finally it's time to start talking real football. In two nights, the Redskins will face the lowly Buffalo Bills. Some quick hitters from the Buffalo media:
Projected [regular season] Offensive linemen starters Demetrius Bell, Eric Wood and Cornell Green have all been ruled out. Bell and Wood continue to ease their way back into the lineup after season-ending surgeries last year; Green, meanwhile, has missed the last several days of practice, though the injury is still considered minor. [Buffalo Rumbings]
So the starting OL for the Bills (in order from LT-RT) now looks like: Jamon Meredith, Andy Levitre, Geoff Hangartner, Cordaro Howard, Kirk Chambers. Orakpo should have a field day. Honestly, how many of these guys have you heard of before? Further killing the OL depth, 5th round draft pick, Tackle Ed Wang, is still recovering from hand surgery. His return is unknown. On to the WR woes:
Three of Buffalo's 10 Wide Receivers have been lost to injury. Felton Huggins, who sustained a severe shoulder injury Monday, was placed on the waived/injured list Wednesday morning. Then came more disappointing news concerning fourth-round pick Marcus Easley, who has a knee injury that will require surgery. [Buffalo Bills]
Man. No one likes to see teams get hit like this. An interesting discovery is that previous Redskins WR Coach, Stan Hixon, is now the WR coach in Buffalo. I just crossed Trent Edwards and all Bills WRs off my fantasy football sheet. Here's the depth chart for the marquis positions:
QB depth chart: Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Brohm, Levi Brown
RB depth chart: Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, C.J. Spiller, Joique Bell, Chad Simpson
As questionable as the Bills offense is, Buffalo Rumblings believes the Bills can be a top 5 defense. They certainly have some studs on their squad.
Depth. The Bills have a lot of depth throughout their defense, starting from the secondary in. Buffalo's secondary in 2009 stood head and shoulders above of the rest of the defense. Looking at them in 2010, there is only more to like. Donte Whitner and Jairus Byrd form a formidable safety tandem, and with Bryan Scott and George Wilson as reserves, the Bills can feel comfortable interchanging pieces based on the current game situation. With the return of Leodis McKelvin, the Bills can feel comfortable facing three-receiver sets in a man-to-man situation. Once again, the Bills currently have depth with Ellis Lankster and Reggie Corner waiting in the wings.
Not to mention Aaron Maybin. Look out Indy!