The preseason has arrived and there will be players looking to make the most of their opportunity in Saturday's preseason opener against Indianapolis. Here's a rundown of who you should keep your eye on as the 2023 campaign unfolds.
DE Boogie Basham
Basham finds himself in the middle of a dogfight at the loaded defensive end position. With veterans Leonard Floyd and Von Miller locked into roster spots along with draft classmate Greg Rousseau, the third-year pro has to separate himself from the rest of the competition. That puts him in a pool of six players of which only two might emerge with a roster spot.
LB Terrel Bernard
Entering his second season with Buffalo, Bernard has an opportunity to win the starting middle linebacker position. Currently in a battle with fourth-year LB Tyrel Dodson, Bernard has demonstrated solid instincts and good coverage ability. Demonstrating command of the defense as the defensive play caller and consistency in the run front will be critical to putting himself in position to win the job.
CB Kaiir Elam
Another member of the 2022 draft class has a chance to land a starting job in Elam. Part of a three-way competition for the cornerback role opposite Tre'Davious White, Elam is trying to beat out fourth-year CB Dane Jackson and draft classmate Christian Benford. Elam has improved his consistency in coverage over the past week, but it's been a pretty close race through training camp. Preseason games appear to be the primary way for one of the candidates to create separation from the competition.
OT Brandon Shell
The sixth-year veteran was signed late in the spring and could prove to be a valuable depth piece at tackle. Lining up almost exclusively at right tackle in camp, Shell is in direct competition with last year's swing tackle David Quessenberry to be the first edge protector off the bench in the event of an injury.
WR Justin Shorter
The rookie fifth-round pick has gotten a fair share of reps throughout training camp. He has made plays at times in the practice setting, but that now has to translate to a game setting in the preseason. With likely just one open roster spot at the receiver position on Buffalo's roster, Shorter has to prove he deserves it over some other up and coming talent.
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