3 trades Bills should make before final 53-man roster deadline


The Buffalo Bills need to trim their roster down to 53 before Tuesday at 4:00pm. Here is a quick look at three trades Buffalo could make before that deadline to acquire some assets for guys who may not make the roster.

Isaiah Hodgins

The Bills usually keep six wide receivers when it comes to their 53-man roster. Four of those spots are locked in with Stefon Diggs, Gave Davis, Isaiah McKenzie, and rookie fifth-round pick Khalil Shakir guaranteed to make it beyond Tuesday. That leaves two spots for the trio of Isaiah Hodgins, Jamison Crowder, and Jake Kumerow. Buffalo signed slot receiver Crowder from the New York Jets this offseason, and despite a suboptimal preseason, it’s likely that he makes the final cut.

Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have preached the necessity for players at the bottom of the roster to be able to help on special teams, which gives a leg up to Kumerow. It would also be fair to say a younger more athletic Hodgins may have a higher value for other teams. The former sixth-round pick has also flashed a bit in the preseason with 16 catches on 21 targets for 124 yards. His value may never be higher to some desperate teams.

Prediction: Hodgins goes for a conditional (playing time, re-signs) sixth-round pick to Giants, Bears, or Ravens.

WR Isaiah Hodgins makes claim for Bills’ roster spot after long and winding road

Zack Moss

Moss has had a resurgence this preseason rushing for 56 yards on seven carries, including a 27-yards run plus a pair of touchdowns. He, like Hodgins, is battling a tough numbers game. The Bills will keep Devin Singletary and second-round pick James Cook but it’s a full room after that.

We are safe to assume Taiwan Jones makes it as a special teams ace, so Buffalo is left with Moss, Duke Johnson, and UDFA Raheem Blackshear. Blackshear is destined for the practice squad, so one of Moss or Johnson makes the roster and one is on the chopping block. If Buffalo wants to optimize assets I think they could move Moss.

Prediction: The team that appears most in need of a “change-of-pace” number two back is the Los Angeles Chargers. Moss is moved to the west coast for a day three pick.

Bobby Hart

First off, credit to Hart for finding a bit of a career resurgence under the new Bills’ offensive line coach Aaron Kromer. He went from the butt of Bills Mafia jokes to a guy who is a fringe roster lock. The tackle saw all 55 snaps for Buffalo vs. Carolina, 44 snaps (73%) vs. Denver, and 16 snaps (24%) vs. Indianapolis. McDermott slowly gave him more time as the preseason played out, which could simply be coincidental or you could join me in putting out tin foil hats on and saying that Buffalo was showcasing him for a trade. Since this quick article is about trades let’s link arms and go with what was being showcased.

Prediction: Buffalo sends Hart to protect their old nemesis, Tom Brady, for a 7th-round selection.