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Five players to watch

Posted Aug 27, 2011

Some starting jobs will be on the line Saturday night and that certainly deserves some attention during the course of the Bills matchup with the Jaguars, but there are some other players back from injury that are making their debuts and still others fighting for a roster spot.

1 – OT Demetrius Bell (#77) – This past week he found himself in a rotation for the starting left tackle role with linemate Andy Levitre. Head coach Chan Gailey said he needs more consistency from Bell, and if he doesn’t see signs of it Saturday night, the two-year starter could become a reserve.

2 – WR Craig Davis (#85) – Davis has been sidelined by injury for the past week and a half after not recording any receptions in the preseason opener. He was targeted just twice against the Bears. Saturday is expected to be his first lengthy opportunity to play with so many receivers plagued by injury. He needs to make an impact if he’s to stick on this roster.

3 – P Reid Forrest (#2) – The undrafted rookie has been quietly putting together a nice preseason. Through the first two games his gross punting average (49.3) and net punting average (38.8) are very respectable. If he can be more consistent in the last two games he could earn more consideration around the league.

4 – SS Da’Norris Searcy (#25) – Searcy has found it tough to climb the depth chart at strong safety with a pair of quality veterans in front of him in George Wilson and Bryan Scott, but he’s steadily improved his play. Saturday night will be another opportunity to take a step forward in the defensive backfield.

5 – LB Kelvin Sheppard (#55) – The third-round pick missed each of the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. He’s not a lock to play Saturday, but Sheppard wants to make his debut in front of the home fans. If he plays he’s expected to line up with the second unit on defense at inside linebacker.