As we move deeper into the preseason roles on the team must be solidified while players fighting to make the team must step forward. Here's a look at a mix of both kinds of players to be mindful of when the Bills take on the Broncos tonight at 8:30 pm in Denver.
1 – WR Kamar Aiken –The undrafted rookie receiver (#88) has made more plays in training camp the last couple of weeks and is a popular target of Levi Brown. In the second half of the game Aiken figures to get plenty of playing time. He may not crack a deep receiving corps, but with size and separation ability Aiken could nail down a practice squad spot.
2 – OLB Danny Batten –The former sixth-round pick had a solid debut performance last week after missing his entire rookie season. He'll get a lot more playing time tonight with Shawne Merriman sitting this game out. It will be interesting to see how he fares when lined up against a quality left tackle in Ryan Clady.
3 – OLB Robert Eddins –The undrafted rookie out of Ball State (#48) has been around the ball a lot in the practice setting and was noticeable in the preseason opener against the Bears. His run-pass recognition seems pretty sharp. Much like Aiken he's at a position of depth, but if he turns in a big play or two this preseason he too is a top candidate for the practice squad.
4 – WR Donald Jones –Jones is still working on his deep ball timing with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but with increased reps Jones believes it will come along. This is a two-player relationship that has to develop quickly, which makes it worth an extended look.
5 – G Chad Rinehart –He worked his way into a rotation at the starting left guard spot this past week with two-year starter Andy Levitre. How much time Rinehart is rotated in with the top unit tonight, and how he fares in that role will go a long way in determining whether Rinehart is a minor or major threat to Levitre's starting job.