As far as onlookers are considered, Buffalo Bills training camp has come to a close. On Sunday, the team had their final offseason practice which allowed reporters to be in attendance. Now we’re back to regular season standards where there’s… pretty much next to nothing seen.
But behind closed doors for the next few days, the team will still hit the practice field. Many players who are on the roster bubble are still battling for those spots prior to Saturday’s 4 p.m. cut down deadline.
But as our eyes have now exited the Bills practice field before we see them slash players off their roster, let’s take another swing at the team’s final roster. Here’s a 53-man roster projection for the Bills after that first week of practice:
Josh Allen, Matt Barkley, Jake Fromm
Cuts: Davis Webb
Over the past few roster projections we’ve released… we haven’t seen much movement in the slightest at the quarterback position. Those circumstances will remain the same once again (sorry).
Under a normal offseason, this move could have gone very differently. Earlier this yearthe Bills were in a position to potentially keep two quarterbacks… and in two different scenarios. Davis Webb was probably always going to be cut, mostly because he’s an easy guy to slide onto your practice squad. Then there’s two other situations where one can envision Matt Barkley being cut and the other where Jake Fromm is released.
In terms of Barkley, he’s no longer really a “veteran” mentor to Allen, games played wise. Allen has 27 starts to Barkley’s seven. Cutting Barkley could also save the Bills $1.5M against the salary cap. But with COVID-19’s entrance into the offseason, this idea exited. There’s no way the Bills could run with Fromm as their backup when there’s no preseason games under his belt… aka having a No. 2 without any experience, period. But coronavirus also should make the Bills think twice about a strategy they’ve done the past few seasons: Keeping only two quarterbacks.
The 2018 season was one which saw the Bills start four quarterbacks. That year also didn’t involve a pandemic. Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott should refrain from getting cute here and trying to sneak Fromm on their practice squad. Just keep three, Bills, especially since you stuck by Fromm after his racially-charged texts from his past surfaced. Some reports have said Webb is actually better than Fromm at this point, but again, Webb is probably not a guy any team would target like Fromm, so Webb could even be your No. 3 from the practice squad… in a twisted way.
Jake Fromm dropped this one right in the bucket pic.twitter.com/TnpUhn0Rbn
— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2020