CANTON, Ohio -- With the Buffalo Bills' top two tight ends -- Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki -- expected to miss tonight's preseason opener against the New York Giants, ample playing time awaits second-year veteran Chris Gragg. "It is big. Those guys are down right now. I mean, it's still early, but I want to take advantage of all these opportunities," Gragg said. "I always want to go out there and make plays." Gragg appeared in nine games with one start as a rookie in 2003, catching five passes for 53 yards and one touchdown. The addition of Moeaki has created competition at tight end. Chandler and blocking tight end Lee Smith are thought to be safe for the 53-man roster, leaving Moeaki and Gragg to compete for the final spot. "A guy like me who was on the team last year, but was a seventh-round draft pick, you always feel like you want to make a good impression so that you know you're going to be on the team," he said. "I was want to go out there and do that." Gragg spent two days in the hospital earlier in camp because of heat-related cramps. He admitted to being "a little out of shape," at the start of practices, but "I'm close to 100 percent. I feel good." Here are four other players who should get significant playing time tonight worth keeping an eye on: • T.J. Graham -- The third-year receiver has struggled with drops in training camp, and needs a strong run of preseason games to earn a roster spot. Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Mike Williams and Marquise Goodwin are the Bills' top four receivers, and Chris Hogan has looked like a strong No. 5 in the first two weeks of camp. Would the Bills keep six -- or even seven -- receivers? It's up to Graham to show them he's worth it. • Ron Brooks -- Another third-year player, Brooks has gotten a lot of playing time in training camp with Stephon Gilmore and especially Leodis McKelvin being limited in their team reps. That's likely to be the case again tonight. Brooks, however, hasn't been able to take advantage, largely struggling in camp. Corey Graham and Nickell Robey make up a strong top-four cornerbacks, and fourth-round draft pick Ross Cockrell has good size and smarts. Like with Graham, Brooks will have to make the Bills' coaching staff keep six corners. • Seantrel Henderson -- The massive, 6-foot-7, 331-pounder out of Miami (Fla.) has been taking first-team reps at left tackle in place of Cordy Glenn, who remains out with an illness. Henderson is in line to start tonight and will match up against Giants pass rusher Jason-Pierre Paul. The longer Glenn is out, the more important it becomes to get him ready for a potential start in the regular-season opener. • Jimmy Gaines -- The Buffalo native has been running with the second team at linebacker in practice. With Nigel Bradham suspended for the season opener, someone will need to step up for that spot. Coach Doug Marrone said Friday that Gaines is among the players competing for that spot.
Story topics: Chris Gragg/ Chris Hogan/ Corey Graham/ doug marrone/ Jimmy Gaines/ Leodis McKelvin/ Marquise Goodwin/ Mike Williams/ Nickell Robey/ Nigel Bradham/ Robert Woods/ Ron Brooks/ Ross Cockrell/ Sammy Watkins/ Scott Chandler/ Seantrel Henderson/ Stephon Gilmore/ T.J. Graham/ Tony Moeaki