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Bills training camp roster with Mark Gaughan’s breakdown

Buffalo Bills training camp begins next week. Here’s a look at the team roster along with Mark Gaughan’s scoop on each player.

The Buffalo News will publish its training camp preview in Sunday’s editions.

No.PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.Exp.CollegeThe scoop

2 Dan Carpenter K 6-22287MontanaMentally strong player coming off great season, kicked great in spring.

3 EJ Manuel QB6-52402Florida StateIt all rides on EJ; watch for his accuracy, pocket presence in preseason.

4 Jake Dombrowski P 6-11901HarvardHarvard product has good leg but lack of experience makes him long shot.

5 Dustin Hopkins K 6-21932Florida StateWill need to boom KOs, hope Bills stay healthy to win specialist job.

6Dennis Dixon QB6-3 2155OregonIn his seventh NFL camp, probably faces last shot to win an NFL job.

7Jeff TuelQB6-3 2212Washington StateNeeds good preseason to convince Bills to keep more than 2 QBs on 53.

8 Brian Moorman P6-017414Pittsburg StateBill of Decade in ’00s allowed only 42 percent of punts returned last year.

9Thad LewisQB6-22194DukeWent 2-3 in relief last year, showed decisiveness in pocket in spring.

10 Robert Woods WR 6-01902USCReliable, good hands, gets separation, shows good chemistry with EJ.

11T.J. Graham WR5-111883North Carolina StatePlayed 71 percent of snaps but caught only 23 passes; in danger of getting cut.

13Ramses BardenWR6-62245Cal Poly-SLOWent 9-138 in a 2012 NYG game but career has been derailed by injuries.

14Sammy WatkinsWR6-1211RClemsonWatch for route-running progress; ran mostly screens, ‘gos’ at Clemson.

15Chris HoganWR6-12202MonmouthFavored to be Woods’ backup in slot; must show he’s a bit more physical.

16Cordell RobersonWR6-42051Stephen F. AustinBig man caught 221 passes at FCS level; cut from Browns camp last summer.

18Kevin ElliottWR6-32053Florida A&MSpent 2012 with Jaguars, tore ACL in Bills preseason game last year.

19Mike WilliamsWR6-22125SyracuseBooted off Bucs squad, aims to re-establish self as dominant physical WR.

20Corey GrahamCB6-01968New HampshireCould push Leodis for starting job or excel in nickel, on special teams.

21Leodis McKelvinCB5-101857TroyLooking to put together back-to-back solid seasons as a starter.

22Fred JacksonRB6-12168Coe CollegeLooked good in spring; at 33, Bills can afford to limit his summer reps.

23Aaron WilliamsS6-01994TexasPlayed 81 percent of snaps, won new contract, steps into Byrd’s big shoes.

24Stephon GilmoreCB6-11903South CarolinaLooking to stay healthy and assert self as one of game’s better corners.

25Da’Norris SearcyS5-112164North CarolinaDoes he have enough range to hold off Duke Williams for starting job?

26Anthony DixonRB6-12335Mississippi StateHigh-energy big back brings some needed attitude to special teams units.

27Duke WilliamsS5-112012NevadaAfter barely playing as rookie, does he have instincts to make impact?

28C.J. SpillerRB5-112005ClemsonEntering contract year, aiming to stay healthy, strike fear into foes.

29Ross CockrellCB6-0190RDukeMade 49 college starts, has smarts to edge Brooks for fifth corner spot.

30Mario ButlerCB6-11871Georgia TechFaces battle for reps; boasts size, aggressiveness, lacks top speed.

31Kenny LadlerS6-0200RVanderbiltPerhaps Bills’ top undrafted signee, he has smarts to battle for spot.

33Ron BrooksCB5-101903LSUFlashes athleticism but has not been able to stay healthy last 2 years.

35Bryce BrownRB6-02203Kansas StateEx-Eagle has speed to be change-of-pace back, help out on third downs.

36Jonathan MeeksS6-02092ClemsonAfter essentially a red-shirt year, let’s see if he makes some plays.

37Nickell RobeyCB5-81652USCAll he does is make plays; will be hard to beat out for slot corner job.

38Frank SummersRB5-92482UNLVStout favorite for FB role, “Tank” must keep improving as lead blocker.

40Jajuan HarleyS6-12131Florida StateStarted out as CB at Florida State, transferred to MTSU, has 4.47 speed.

41Darius RobinsonCB5-10175RClemsonMade 25 starts at Clemson, got seasoning facing Watkins in practice.

42Ronnie WingoRB6-32312ArkansasTallish RB spent last nine weeks on Bills roster, faces long odds.

43Derek BrimS6-0199RBuffaloCanisius High product walked onto UB, showed athleticism at pro day.

44Brandon SmithCB6-12052Arizona StateBig, fast corner, age 27, spent last 11 weeks on Bills’ 53-man roster.

45Jimmy GainesLB6-3240RMiamiCanisius High product started 27 games for “the U,” boasts quickness.

46Deon BroomfieldS6-0206RIowa StateHad 18 college starts; was around ball as senior, with 16 pass breakups.

47Michael CarterS5-111891MinnesotaA year removed from college, he has only 4.63 speed but showed instincts.

48Evan RodriguezFB6-22393TempleOffers more versatility at FB than Summers, but will have to block well.

49Darrin KitchensLB6-2229RFloridaWon leadership award at Florida, needs more bulk, can play special teams.

50Kiko AlonsoLB6-32382OregonWithout Alonso and Byrd, Bills have lost top 2 playmakers in back 7.

51Brandon SpikesLB6-22555FloridaMLB adds toughness to run D, aims to win time in Schwartz’s sub packages.

52Preston BrownLB6-1251RLouisvilleThird-round pick could start on weak side, but ran only 4.79 in 40.

53Nigel BradhamLB6-22413Florida StateHas shot to replace Kiko, but has yet to make any defensive impact.

54: Jacquies SmithDE6-22601MissouriIn camp with Dolphins in ’12, Jets in ’13, will get some edge rush reps.

55Jerry HughesDE6-22545TCUPoised for another big year rushing from right-end spot in Schwartz D.

56Keith RiversLB6-22356USCFormer ninth overall pick adds savvy. Can he be a strong-side playmaker?

57Ty PowellLB6-22492HardingSolid camp should win him role as versatile backup, special teams ace.

58Nathan WilliamsLB6-32491Ohio StateTough guy has bounced back from knee injuries, enters second NFL camp.

59Doug LegurskyG6-13156MarshallHis lack of size was exposed last year, but versatility gives him a shot.

60Kraig UrbikG6-53246WisconsinTough guy slowed a bit toward end of ’13, favored to hold down RG job.

61Colby WayDT6-4293RBuffaloHigh-effort long shot who had 15 sacks in a fine career at UB.

62Mark AsperG6-73253OregonSmarts, ability to play center give him a shot to edge ahead of Legursky.

64J.J. ’UngaG6-53201Midwestern StateBig-bodied guard but not real mobile, bids for backup interior spot.

65Garrison SanbornLS6-12406Florida StateUnderrated, high-quality long-snapper enters sixth season with the Bills.

66Seantrel HendersonT6-7331RMiamiSpring reps with 1st unit showed Bills think highly of this 7th-rounder.

67Bryan JohnsonDE6-4250RWest Texas A&MTough, strong-side college LB, age 25, might have some edge potential.

68Cyril RichardsonG6-5343RBaylorBig mauler in the mold Marrone likes, penciled in for one backup spot.

69Damien JacobsDT6-3284RFloridaRole player at Florida, has frame to get bigger and play two-gap style.

70Eric WoodC6-43106LouisvilleEntering prime of his career, his savvy helps O-line handle no-huddle.

71Cyrus KouandjioT6-7322RAlabamaCan he adjust quickly enough to speed rushers to win starting job?

72Edawn CoughmanT6-43131ShawPractice-squadder from tiny Division II school ran third team in spring.

73Antoine McClainG6-53362ClemsonEnters third camp with third team, hoping to find home as backup guard.

74Chris WilliamsG6-63207VanderbiltDidn’t get raves with Cards, but provides girth Marrone wants inside.

75Chris HairstonT6-63303ClemsonAfter yearlong absence, can he seriously challenge at guard or tackle?

76Macky MacPhersonG6-2290RSyracuseGrandson of legendary Syracuse coach will get feet wet in first NFL camp.

77Cordy GlennT6-63453GeorgiaEmerging as a home-run second-round pick at left tackle for Bills.

79Erik PearsT6-83169Colorado StateBills could do worse at RT (and have) if Kouandjio is not quite ready.

80Mike CaussinTE6-52434James MadisonBeen in Bills fold more than 3 years; needs luck to keep it going.

81Marcus EasleyWR6-22174UConnPlayed well on special teams and hoping that earns him roster spot again.

82Tony MoeakiTE6-32525IowaBills have high hopes ex-Chief can stay healthy, make 2-TE set dangerous.

84Scott ChandlerTE6-72608IowaGiant catch radius makes him a security blanket for Manuel.

85Lee SmithTE6-62654MarshallPlayed 27 percent of snaps last year, favored to stick due to blocking.

86Caleb HolleyWR6-2200REast Central (Okla.)Alaska native from tiny Oklahoma school won a shot after rookie tryouts.

87Chris SummersWR6-52151LibertyEnters third NFL camp hoping to make something happen in preseason.

88Marquise GoodwinWR5-91792TexasShould give Fisher fans some oohs and aahs with long TD catches.

89Chris GraggTE6-32442ArkansasCan his 4.5 speed translate onto field? Time is now if he’s to make team.

90Alan BranchDT6-63258MichiganBills need him to look good, because No. 3 DT will get lots of snaps.

91Manny LawsonDE6-52409North Carolina StateCan he create some edge pressure? Bills sure could use edge depth.

92Jarius WynnDE6-32856GeorgiaWill get every chance to show he can be No. 3 or 4 on DE chart.

93Randell JohnsonLB6-4245RFlorida AtlanticSeventh-round pick will get edge snaps to see if he has any pass rush.

94Mario WilliamsDE6-62929North Carolina StateSpent all spring in WNY and remains cornerstone of defensive front.

95Kyle WilliamsDT6-13039LSUCoordinators come and go, Kyle flourishes no matter defensive scheme.

96Stefan CharlesDT6-53232Regina (Canada)Raw Canadian has legit shot to make team if he has honed his technique.

97Corbin BryantDT6-43002NorthwesternPlayed 28.7 percent of snaps last year but faces stern battle for job.

98Ikponmwosa IgbinosunDE6-32861Southern Connecticut StateKind of a tweener who needs others to disappoint to earn a role.

99Marcell DareusDT6-33314AlabamaHere’s hoping summer goes better than spring for uber-talented DT.

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