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Five Players to Watch

Posted Aug 17, 2012


Preseason game two is the time when players on the back half of the roster need to make a move to enhance their chances of making the 53-man squad knowing the playing time in the third preseason game will go mainly to the starters. Below we’ve listed a couple of those players along with some vets angling to put themselves in a more secure position to cement a roster spot.

Mark AsperThe Bills sixth-round pick has had his ups and downs in training camp and in the preseason opener. He’s lined up at center and left guard, but played more guard this past week and should line up there against Minnesota. His technique must be more consistent in his time on the field to demonstrate some progress with his individual game.

Dorin DickersonThe H-back has not seen a ton of reps in training camp so he’ll need to turn in some plays against the Vikings to remind the offensive staff that he can be an added dimension to their passing game as he showed in the spring practices.

Marcus EasleyThe former fourth-round pick has not turned in plays often enough in the practice setting and has to have a big time performance Friday night to convince the coaches that he can contribute in this offense. Showing quicker separation off the line would help his cause greatly.

Scott McKillopComing off a strong performance against Washington, in which he showed natural instincts and was the team’s leading tackler, McKillop now must show some measure of ability in pass coverage. That could help separate him further from the other linebackers with whom he’s competing.

Vince YoungYoung was somewhat hindered by Buffalo’s third-string offensive line last week, which struggled to provide protection against Washington. Quarterbacking the second team Friday night will be his best chance to show he deserves the backup quarterback job over Tyler Thigpen.