Checking up on Bills' undrafted rookies

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Even for the NFL's best teams, having an undrafted rookie crack the 53-man roster can be a point of pride.

The Seattle Seahawks, for instance, sent out a brochure to agents this spring in an effort to lure the best undrafted rookies to Seattle. The second page of the pamphlet notes that the Seahawks' undrafted rookies ranked first in the NFL last season with 36.2 percent playing time.

The Super Bowl champions also pointed out that their undrafted rookies ranked first in offensive playing time and fifth in defensive playing time in the preseason, giving their college free agents an opportunity to earn a role.

According to the Seahawks' research, the Buffalo Bills ranked 25th in the NFL last season in undrafted rookies' playing time. Buffalo hit it big on cornerback Nickell Robey, who became a fixture as a slot cornerback, and they also had quarterback Jeff Tuel on their roster all season.

Barring a late surprise, it doesn't appear that any undrafted rookies will crack the Bills' 53-man roster this summer.

Here is a look at their playing time in the first three preseason games, broken down by game in parentheses:


C Macky MacPherson: 69 total snaps (14, 17, 38)

WR Caleb Holley: 24 total snaps (9, 2, 13)

C/G Jared Wheeler: 2 total snaps (0, 2, 0)


S Deon Broomfield: 75 total snaps (11, 48, 16)

LB Jimmy Gaines: 64 total snaps (24, 34, 6)

DE Bryan Johnson: 48 total snaps (17, 22, 9)

DT Damien Jacobs: 45 total snaps (13, 23, 9)

S JaJuan Harley: 41 total snaps (11, 12, 18)

LB Xavius Boyd: 28 total snaps (12, 12, 4)

S Kenny Ladler: 26 total snaps (12, injured, 14)

S Derek Brim: 21 total snaps (12, injured, 9)

CB Sam Miller: 14 total snaps (signed before third game)


P Jake Dombrowski: 4 total punts (2, 1, 1)