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Bills buzz: The names, numbers and scoop by Mark Gaughan for this year’s training camp

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp. College The scoop

2 Brian Stahovich P 6-0 190 1 San Diego St. Hang-time punter spent last summer with Colts; will challenge Powell.

3 EJ Manuel QB 6-5 240 R Florida State Fans should keep modest expectations as EJ adapts to reading NFL defenses.

4 Kevin Kolb QB 6-3 218 7 Houston Experience makes him favorite to win starting job, but for how long?

5 Dustin Hopkins K 6-2 193 R Florida State Big-legged kicker can beat out Lindell if he shows decent accuracy.

6 Shawn Powell P 6-4 235 2 Florida State He’s bigger, more talented than Stahovich; just needs consistent camp.

8 Jeff Tuel QB 6-3 221 R Washington St. Showed above-average arm and sneaky athleticism in spring; should make team.

9 Rian Lindell K 6-3 227 14 Washington St. Longest-tenured Bill is endangered, but he kicked well in the spring.

10 Robert Woods WR 6-1 190 R So. California Strong candidate to win No. 2 WR job; runs good routes, plucks ball well.

11 T.J. Graham WR 6-0 180 2 N. Carolina State Looked good in spring and aims for career leap forward in Year 2.

13 Stevie Johnson WR 6-2 207 6 Kentucky Bills should pace him in camp; they need him healthy for regular season.

14 Brandon Kaufman WR 6-5 215 R East. Washington Good size but a bit slower than David Nelson; has shot to stick around.

15 Chris Hogan WR 6-1 215 1 Monmouth (N.J.) Played 4 years of lacrosse at Penn State; nicknamed 7-11 (he’s always open).

16 Brad Smith WR 6-2 213 8 Missouri Not being used in Wildcat, he faces tough competition for WR job.

17 Da’Rick Rogers WR 6-3 208 R Tennessee Tech Eric Moulds body with deceptive speed; if he shows maturity he’ll make team.

18 Kevin Elliott WR 6-3 215 2 Florida A&M WR with good size played 13 games for Jaguars as a rookie last season.

19 DeMarco Sampson WR 6-2 204 2 San Diego State Former Niners draftee signed in May after being released by the Eagles.

20 Tashard Choice RB 5-10 210 5 Georgia Tech Ebullient presence seems like roster lock due to his smarts, versatility.

21 Leodis McKelvin CB 5-10 185 6 Troy Defense really needs him to provide consistent play opposite Gilmore.

22 Fred Jackson RB 6-1 216 7 Coe Should be key producer for offense as long as he can stay healthy.

23 Aaron Williams S 6-0 199 3 Texas Can he realize his athletic potential with position switch to safety?

24 Stephon Gilmore CB 6-0 190 2 South Carolina Impressive player looks ready to be one of Bills’ most valuable players.

25 Da’Norris Searcy SS 5-11 216 3 North Carolina With George Wilson gone, time is now for him to show he’s real NFL player.

26 Justin Rogers CB 5-11 181 3 Richmond Has good experience; will he look better vs. slot with pass-rush support?

27 Duke Williams S 6-0 190 R Nevada Could win playing time right away due to versatile coverage ability.

28 C.J. Spiller RB 5-11 200 4 Clemson He will produce the most whoops and hollers among players at camp.

29 Crezdon Butler CB 6-0 191 3 Clemson Nix liked him coming out of college; must have strong camp to have shot.

30 Mana Silva S 6-0 206 2 Hawaii Faces tough competition from rookies; would be helped by Byrd absence.

33 Ron Brooks CB 5-11 188 2 LSU Shows promise but must prove he can stay healthy to move ahead of Rogers.

35 Zach Brown RB 5-10 220 1 Pittsburgh Enters second camp with Bills; went from Wisconsin to Pitt in college.

36 Jonathan Meeks S 6-1 210 R Clemson Looks like he’ll get most of his snaps as center-fielding free safety.

37 Nickell Robey CB 5-8 165 R So. California Short but feisty corner is solidly built and impressed during spring.

38 Frank Summers RB 5-9 248 1 UNLV Nicknamed “Tank,” he could win role if Bills decide they want a FB-type.

39 Kip Edwards CB 6-1 200 R Missouri Two-year college starter is high cut and not quick but has measureables.

40 Drew Smith RB 6-2 225 R Albany Started college career as QB; tallish; scored 45 TDs for Great Danes.

41 Jumal Rolle CB 6-0 188 R Catawba Developmental prospect had 16 INTs at Division II; moves well.

42 Kendall Gaskins RB 6-1 238 R Richmond Scored 34 college TDs and will have to carve niche in short-yardage.

43 Bryan Scott LB 6-1 220 11 Penn State Enters 11th year thanks to coverage versatility in sub packages.

44 T.J. Heath CB 6-0 188 2 Jacksonville St. Lanky corner on his third team; spent last season on practice squad.

46 Jordan Dangerfield S 5-11 200 R Towson Three-year college starter making big leap to NFL; 41.5-inch vertical jump.

47 Dominique Ellis CB 5-11 195 1 So. Carolina St. Cut by Chiefs after preseason last year; was signed in January.

49 Keith Pough LB 6-3 236 R Howard One of undrafted rookies Bills coveted; could be asset on special teams.

50 Kiko Alonso LB 6-4 242 R Oregon Bills counting on athletic second-round pick to start right away.

51 Chris White LB 6-3 238 3 Mississippi State Stayed healthy last year but faces tough task to make roster again.

52 Arthur Moats LB 6-2 250 4 James Madison Underdog keeps sticking to roster; don’t count him out this year.

53 Nigel Bradham LB 6-2 240 2 Florida State Shooting to win starting role next to Alonso in the base defense.

54 Marcus Dowtin LB 6-2 226 2 North Alabama Undersized ex-Jet could win backup role due to his versatility.

55 Jerry Hughes LB 6-2 254 4 TCU Speed-rushing ex-Colt looked real good in spring; can he keep it going?

56 Kourtnei Brown LB 6-4 253 1 Clemson Lanky college DE shifts to stand-up OLB; backed up at Clemson.

57 Brian Smith LB 6-3 240 1 Notre Dame Ex-emotional leader for Irish spent last year on Browns practice squad.

58 Jamie Blatnick DE 6-3 253 1 Oklahoma State Cut by Denver last year, tweener looked pretty good off edge in spring.

59 Doug Legursky G 6-1 315 5 Marshall Made 17 starts for Steelers and will battle for starting LG spot.

60 Kraig Urbik G 6-5 324 5 Wisconsin Armed with new four-year contract, he provides stability at right guard.

61 David Snow G 6-4 305 2 Texas Made 32 starts at Texas and two for Bills in 2012; bids for backup job.

62 Zack Chibane G 6-5 298 R Syracuse Former Syracuse left guard needs to get stronger in transition to NFL.

63 Ryan Turnley C 6-6 320 R Pittsburgh Former Pitt center will try to show he has quickness to compete as pro.

64 Hutch Eckerson T 6-6 310 1 South Carolina Cut by Chargers in 2011 and Saints in 2012. Made 23 college starts.

65 Garrison Sanborn LS 6-1 240 5 Florida State Underrated, high-quality long-snapper entering fifth season.

66 Thomas Welch T 6-6 300 3 Vanderbilt Swing tackle-guard has appeared in 11 NFL games last two years.

67 Aaron Tipoti DT 6-2 311 R California Undrafted due to tweener label, must prove effective at higher weight.

68 Keith Williams G 6-5 330 1 Nebraska Backup candidate after spending last two seasons on practice squad.

69 Jay Ross DT 6-3 319 1 East Carolina Spent most of spring with starters due to Kyle Williams injury.

70 Eric Wood C 6-4 310 5 Lousville Entering contract year fully healthy and ready to roll.

71 Sam Young OT 6-8 316 4 Notre Dame Worked at tackle, guard in spring and has solid shot to make team again.

72 Zebrie Sanders T 6-6 318 1 Florida State Could win No. 4 tackle job if he can rebound from surgery on both hips.

73 Chris Scott G 6-4 320 1 Tennessee Fell out of top rotation in spring and must start camp strong.

74 Colin Brown C 6-7 326 2 Missouri Back from hamstring injury and battling Legursky for starting LG job.

75 Chris Hairston T 6-6 330 3 Clemson Started 15 games last two years and should push Pears hard for RT job.

76 Izaan Cross DE 6-4 280 R Georgia Tech Another raw, versatile guy; DE or DT in 3-4 front; 41 college starts.

77 Cordy Glenn T 6-5 343 2 Georgia Coming off solid rookie year, must adjust to up-tempo style of offense.

79 Erik Pears T 6-8 316 8 Colorado State Better start camp strong or risk succumbing to youth movement.

80 Mike Caussin TE 6-5 243 2 James Madison Injured all last year but has a shot at third TE position.

81 Marcus Easley WR 6-2 217 2 Connecticut Injured all spring and Bills have recruited fast WRs over his head.

82 Dorin Dickerson TE 6-2 227 3 Pittsburgh Made smart move to shift from WR back to TE; needs big preseason.

84 Scott Chandler TE 6-7 260 7 Iowa Looked good in spring coming off knee surgery; Bills need him healthy.

85 Lee Smith TE 6-6 265 3 Marshall Injured part of spring, aims to nail down blocking-TE role again.

82 Mickey Shuler TE 6-4 247 2 Penn State Ex-Raider practice-squadder isn’t quick but has some athleticism.

88 Marquise Goodwin WR 5-9 177 R Texas This 4.27 sprinter didn’t look raw in spring; will be interesting to watch.

89 Chris Gragg TE 6-3 244 R Arkansas Passes eyeball test, but athletic TEs notorious for teasing potential.

90 Alan Branch DT 6-6 325 7 Michigan In regular 3-4 front, he should help bolster the run defense.

91 Manny Lawson LB 6-5 240 8 No. Carolina St. Bills counting on him on strong side; depth behind him is suspect.

92 Alex Carrington DT 6-5 301 4 Arkansas State Looked solid in spring and could play ahead of Branch.

93 Mark Anderson DE 6-4 255 8 Alabama Coming off two knee surgeries; Bills are not drowning in edge rushers.

94 Mario Williams DE 6-6 292 8 No. Carolina St. Didn’t miss a practice in spring and seems buoyed by new defense.

95 Kyle Williams DT 6-1 303 8 LSU Missed all spring due to heel surgery; should be ready for season.

96 Jarron Gilbert DT 6-5 289 2 San Jose State Former third-round pick of Bears, saw time with Jets, fits scheme.

97 Corbin Bryant DT 6-4 300 1 Northwestern Another guy who can play end or tackle vs. the run.

98 Torell Troup DT 6-3 327 3 UCF Missed two years due to bad back, down to last shot to keep job.

99 Marcell Dareus DT 6-3 331 3 Alabama Aiming for more consistency to move into elite DT echelon.

Reserve/franchise player

31 Jairus Byrd S 5-10 203 5 Oregon How long will it be before Pro Bowler gets first look at new defense?