Because the Buffalo Bills have such a deep roster there might be a few veterans considered to be on the “roster bubble” as 2022 training camp approaches.
But ESPN took a stab at naming one that stands out the most near the edge of the 53. The former world-wide leader named offensive lineman Greg Van Roten as the selection.
First, here’s the breakdown on Van Roten’s roster status:
The Bills don’t have many roster battles, but there will be a fight for the final offensive line spot. After spending the past two years with the Jets, Van Roten, 32, was signed during the offseason program and brings needed experience to the interior of the Bills’ line. That doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster, and he’ll be battling for a spot with veteran interior lineman Greg Mancz, who has more experience playing center, and tackle Luke Tenuta, a sixth-round pick.
Van Roten signed in Buffalo just before minicamp. He was a bit of a surprise addition, but not just because of Mancz or Tenuta, there’s a fourth player worth tossing into the equation: Cody Ford.
Ford, a second-round pick of the Bills in 2019 after Buffalo traded up for him, might be fighting for his NFL career. Ford has disappointed during his time in the league, having been given opportunities at both guard and tackle.
While general manager Brandon Beane did say Ford has a fresh slate in 2022 with the addition of new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, Van Roten’s addition does not bode well for Ford.
Regardless, the best man for the job will win this roster spot that’s wide open right now.
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