5 things to know about the initial 2020 Bills roster

Jake Fromm (10), Matt Barkley (5), and Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills Training Camp scrimmage at Bills Stadium, August 27, 2020. Photo by Sara Schmidle
Jake Fromm (10), Matt Barkley (5), and Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills Training Camp scrimmage at Bills Stadium, August 27, 2020. Photo by Sara Schmidle

As we've seen in the past, the initial 53-man roster is always subject to change, but here are a few interesting facts about the 2020 squad.

1. Keeping three quarterbacks

The Bills made the decision, for now, to keep three quarterbacks. Josh Allen, Matt Barkley and rookie Jake Fromm were all retained on the 53-man roster.

This is the first time under head coach Sean McDermott that the club kept three quarterback for the initial assembly of the roster. McDermott did mention there could be different kinds of considerations navigating a season during COVID-19.

2. Double digits on offensive line

For the second straight season, Buffalo's offensive line room numbers 10 players at the outset. The Bills also held onto 10 offensive linemen in 2019.

Turnover for this unit has been minimal. The only new additions, who were not on the roster in 2019 are G/T Daryl Williams and G Brian Winters.

That's in stark contrast to last year's roster, which had seven new members out of 10.

3. Rookie receivers make the grade

Buffalo drafted a pair of wide receivers on day three of the draft this past spring. Despite some stiff competition they both proved their worth and made the 53-man roster.

Gabriel Davis was one of the most consistent performers in training camp and Isaiah Hodgins made his share of plays as well.

Both receivers are tall with wide catch radiuses. This should only help Josh Allen as he looks to push his completion percentage even higher this season.

4. 2020 draft class almost makes it a clean sweep

Taking it a step further, Buffalo's draft class this year numbered seven in total and six made the final 53. A.J. Epenesa, Zack Moss, Gabriel Davis, Jake Fromm, Isaiah Hodgins and Tyler Bass were all able to stick.

The only member of the draft class to not make the cut was seventh-round pick Dane Jackson, though it's believed he'll get consideration for the practice squad provided he clears waivers.

5. An undrafted makes the roster

On one of the deepest rosters of talent in the league, it was considered a long shot for any undrafted rookie to make the 53-man squad, but Reggie Gilliam pulled it off.

Despite a switch of positions from fullback to tight end midway through training camp, the Toledo product impressed.

Gilliam gives Buffalo four tight ends on the roster as he joins Dawson Knox, Tyler Kroft and Lee Smith. Tommy Sweeney is on Reserve/PUP.

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