Cyril Richardson's roster chances boosted by Chris Williams' absence

Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the Buffalo Bills' roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2015:

Name: Cyril Richardson

Position: Guard

Age: 24

2014 stats: 12 games (4 starts)

Chance of making 53-man roster: 75 percent

Why he should make it: With so much talk this offseason around 2014 second-round draft pick Cyrus Kouandjio and seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson, who have swapped depth chart spots this offseason at offensive tackle, it's been easy to forget about Richardson, a 2014 fifth-round pick. In fact, Richardson stands to benefit from veteran Chris Williams' absence from voluntary offseason activities and Williams being sidelined in minicamp while recovering from back surgery. If Williams is released for salary-cap purposes before the start of the regular season, Richardson becomes nearly a lock to make the roster. With Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, John Miller and Kraig Urbik filling the top four spots along the interior offensive line, Richardson is by far the best option to round out the depth chart at that spot.

Why he shouldn't make it: Williams' roster spot with the Bills is tenuous but he's still on the team, which complicates Richardson's outlook. If Williams can somehow stick around -- perhaps by restructuring his contract -- then Richardson faces a much tougher climb to make the roster. Carrying five interior offensive linemen is typical, but carrying six is less common. Richardson struggled in four starts last season and wasn't given much of an opportunity to battle with Miller for the starting right guard spot this spring, so it would be a stretch to say the new coaching staff is high on Richardson. Another factor that could keep Richardson off the roster would be the Bills keeping four offensive tackles, which becomes a possibility once they sign Wayne Hunter, as coach Rex Ryan expects to happen before training camp.

Closest competition: Williams, Urbik, Hunter.