The biggest surprise at first glance is at the wide receiver position. Robert Woods, who played most of the preseason with the No. 2 unit, is listed ahead of Mike Williams as the starting receiver opposite Sammy Watkins. Woods had a solid rookie season last year and has played all preseason with a chip on his shoulder. That chip may have been what earned him the starting role.
CJ Spiller is listed ahead of Fred Jackson, but both will likely split carries evenly, and will likely be on the field together as they were last season. Spiller is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to have a big year after injuries plagued him last season. Jackson will continue to be the solid force behind Spiller that will be expected to earn the tough yards. Anthony Dixon is listed as the No. 3 back, while Bryce Brown, who Buffalo traded for in the offseason, is buried at No. 4.
Looking at the depth chart, it's easy to see why EJ Manuel is under so much pressure to deliver this season. The team is primed and ready to get into the playoffs, but the quarterback play will be key to Buffalo's success. Kyle Orton is Buffalo's only other option right now, as the Bills cut four other quarterbacks during the preseason.
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