Maybe itu2019s a player returning from injury. Maybe itu2019s a young player finally cracking the starting lineup. Maybe itu2019s a low-priced free agent who finds the right scheme. Whatever you feel makes for the best breakout candidate, the Buffalo Bills have options. Here are five of them for the 2017 season. u2013Jay Skurski
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LB Reggie Ragland: It might be presumptuous to put a player who has never taken an NFL snap on this list, but Ragland is going to be put in a position to make plenty of plays. The second-year linebacker, who missed his rookie season with a torn ACL, is likely to start at middle linebacker. The player doing that last year for the Carolina Panthers was all-Pro Luke Kuechly. Thatu2019s not to say Ragland is on that level, just that heu2019ll get plenty of chances to make big plays.
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S Jordan Poyer: Although he has just 10 career starts, the Bills saw enough in Poyer to give him starting money at safety ($6 million guaranteed). He played just six games before a brutal blindside hit ended his 2016 season, but is now fully recovered. Like Ragland, heu2019ll be put in position to succeed, and will get every opportunity to show he can. Letu2019s face it: The depth behind Poyer and Micah Hyde at safety is basically non-existent.
WR Andre Holmes: Stuck behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the Raidersu2019 depth chart meant Holmesu2019 numbers suffered. He likely wonu2019t be a top-two option in Buffalo if Sammy Watkins is healthy and rookie Zay Jones lives up to his draft status, but Holmes has a good chance at being the No. 3 receiver. His size (6-foot-4) is something the Bills have lacked for years at the position and could make him a threat in the red zone.
CB Kevon Seymour: The addition of Treu2019Davious White in the first round of the draft probably knocks Seymour out of the starting lineup, but if he wins the slot cornerback job, heu2019ll still get plenty of playing time. In fact, the Bills are likely to be in nickel at least as much, if not more, than the base 4-3 defense. That means Seymour will be on the field about 50 percent of the time. McDermott values versatility on defense, and with the ability to play inside or outside, Seymour possesses that.
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TE Logan Thomas: Admittedly, this one is a reach. Thomas might not even make the 53-man roster. But there is no denying his skill set is intriguing. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, heu2019s the perfect size for the position. He runs well. Can he catch and block? Weu2019ll learn more about that at training camp and the preseason. If he can, there should be playing time at a position that lacks depth behind starter Charles Clay.