Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the Buffalo Bills' roster bubble and where they potentially fit in 2015:
Name: Chris Williams
2014 stats: 3 games (3 starts; placed on injured reserve Oct. 11)
Chance of making 53-man roster: 45 percent
Why he should make it: Williams' stock has fallen since the Bills gave him a four-year, $13.5 million deal last spring, but the team's shaky offensive line situation could give Williams a chance to stick past this August. Even though missing voluntary offseason workouts and organized team activities didn't do Williams any favors with the coaching staff, he's one of the more experienced players on an offensive line that has major question marks, especially considering the pending legal situation of coach Aaron Kromer. If rookie guard John Miller falters as a starter or Richie Incognito isn't able to shake off the rust of not playing since 2013, then Williams could be right back in the mix to start. In other words, the Bills' lack of depth is what could keep Williams in town.
Why he shouldn't make it: I put Williams' chances of sticking at slightly less than 50-50 because his contract allows the Bills to save some cap room if they release him. The Bills will shave nearly $4 million off their 2016 cap number if they release Williams prior to the 2015 regular season and carry that extra space into 2016. The team desperately needs that cap space next season, so there is a financial advantage to the Bills parting ways with Williams soon. Beyond that, Williams appears to have lost his starting job to Incognito and Miller, and his versatility to play tackle has been mitigated by the signing of veteran Wayne Hunter. That leaves Williams in a battle with Kraig Urbik and Cyril Richardson as the main backups along the interior offensive line. For the variety of reasons described above, Williams isn't likely to win that battle.
Closest competition: Richardson, Hunter, Urbik