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Five players to watch


It's the all-important third preseason game for the Bills as they play host to the Steelers Saturday afternoon. Even though the starters will be playing a good portion of the game, with injuries at running back and wide receiver there are a number of players who will see time that are further down the depth chart.

Red BryantHe surprisingly saw a bit of action last week at Cleveland, and figures to see a good deal more playing time against Pittsburgh. Buffalo's defensive staff wants to see how much the big-bodied Bryant still has to give at 31-years old.

Mario ButlerThe cornerback has steadily been turning in plays against the passing game in camp. Now he needs to translate that play to the game against Pittsburgh. If he can do that against one of the more prolific passing attacks in the league it could go a long way in helping him land one of the last roster spots.

Quentin GrovesAnother late veteran pickup last week, Groves, like Bryant, is expected to see a good deal of playing time Saturday. The linebacker will have to show an ability to set the edge and handle the different pre-snap checks in Buffalo's very multiple defensive scheme.

EJ ManuelIt's a critical start for Buffalo's former first-round pick. His performance in games has been better than his practices. If Manuel can put together a show stopping effort Saturday he could make the starting decision a bit more difficult for the powers that be.

Austin WillisWith Buffalo's top five receivers not expected to dress the rookie receiver should get his fair share of opportunities perhaps even before the first half is over. Willis is still trying to grasp the offensive concepts having just signed last week, but nonetheless will bear watching.

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