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The Opposition’s Depth Chart: The Buffalo Bills

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After a dazzling open-day win against the New England Patriots in Week 1 of the NFL season, the Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills. Curious as to who we’ll be faced up against? Lets check out their depth chart.

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In Week 2 of the 2014 NFL regular season, the Miami Dolphins are up against the Buffalo Bills, a team they lost to twice in 2013. Lets check out their depth chart.

Offense

Position 1st String 2 d String 3rd String 4th String
QB EJ Manuel Kyle Orton
WR Robert Woods Mike Williams Chris Hogan
WR Sammy Watkins Marquise Goodwin Marcus Easley
TE Scott Chandler Lee Smith Chris Gragg
RB C.J. Spiller Fred Jackson Boobie Dixon Bryce Brown
FB Frank Summers
LT Cordy Glenn Chris Hairston
LG Chris Williams Kraig Urbik
C Eric Wood Kraig Urbik
RG Erik Pears Cyril Richardson
RT Seantrel Henderson Cyrus Kouandjio
TE Scott Chandler Lee Smith Chris Gragg
RB C.J. Spiller Fred Jackson Boobie Dixon Bryce Brown
FB Frank Summers

On offense, one of the biggest surprises when the Bills released their depth chart, was the listing of Robert Woods as the starting wide receiver opposite Sammy Watkins. Woods saw reps on both first and second team offense during preseason, and was pushed really hard by Chris Hogan. CJ Spiller is also listed ahead of Fred Jackson, but don’t discount the Bills splitting their reps evenly come Sunday. Jackson will be expected to pick up those tough yards, and will see plenty of playing time. At quarterback, EJ Manuel will be under the spotlight this season and must deliver. Failure to do that could open the door for Kyle Orton during the season.

Defense

Position 1st String 2 d String 3rd String
DE Mario Williams Jarius Wynn
DT Kyle Williams Stefan Charles
DT Marcell Dareus Corbin Bryant
DE Jerry Hughes Manny Lawson Jacquies Smith
WLB Keith Rivers Randell Johnson
MLB Brandon Spikes Ty Powell
SLB Preston Brown Ty Powell
LCB Leodis McKelvin Corey Graham Ross Cockrell
S Da'Norris Searcy Duke Williams
S Aaron Williams Jonathan Meeks
RCB Stephon Gilmore Nickell Robey Ron Brooks

The defensive unit had an impressive game against the Chicago Bears, forcing the Chicago Bears to turnover the ball three times, and enabled the team to rack up 13 points in the process. Of course, any franchise with Mario Williams in the team shouldn’t be treated lightly.

Special Teams

Position 1st String 2nd String 3rd String
K Dan Carpenter Jordan Gay
P Colton Schmidt Jordan Gay
KR C.J. Spiller Marquise Goodwin Sammy Watkins
PR Leodis McKelvin Fred Jackson Nickell Robey
LS Garrison Sanborn
H Colton Schmidt Jordan Gay

And, finally, on special teams, C.J. Spiller has replaced last season’s starter, Marquise Goodwin, as the lead kick returner. Bills head coach Doug Marrone has intimated that he isn’t worried about the risk of their star running back picking up an injury while on special teams duty. Miami will need to keep an eye on Spiller come Sunday.

Of course, the Bills will release their injury report later this week, which may result in the depth chart changing. Stay tuned on The Phinsider to find out more.

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @AlexParish89.