4 Bills who could be traded at NFL’s 53-man roster deadline

08/24/2022
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We’re one-for-one on Buffalo Bills preseason trades, not just pegging a Cody Ford trade, but also nailing the compensation that would come back with Buffalo getting a fifth-round pick from the Arizona Cardinals. So, let’s look at four other players who shined during camp and in preseason games. These are guys who may have value to other teams but could be on the outside of the Bills’ 53-man roster. Reminder – a player must have value outside your organization for a team to be willing to trade with you. We can’t simply name the 79th player on the squad and expect a draft pick in return.

Zack Moss

Moss looks to be back to what we expected before last season with 56 rushing yards on seven carries, including a pair of touchdowns and a long run of 27 yards. The Utah product also had two catches on three targets for five yards. Moss has only played 24 snaps in the two preseason games, but double-digit touches on minimal usage shows me that Buffalo is trying to get him the ball.

The 2020 third-round draft choice is on the verge of making his value to the Bills higher than they could expect in return. That said, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane also have Devin Singletary, James Cook, Duke Johnson, and a couple of other backs that are playing well, so should a team offer up a fourth or better, I think Beane has to listen.

Cam Lewis

This one is less about what Lewis can do as a football player and more about what the Bills have done around him. The emergence of rookies Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford limits opportunities at corner, and that is before Tre White returns.

Lewis has made a couple of nice plays so far this preseason with a pass breakup and a solid read on a 4th down. The 25-year-old played 39 snaps on defense vs. Denver and ten more on special teams. It’s nice to see him get some run, but we know it’s currently a limited role for Cam once the season starts.

As I noted in a previous trade bait piece: “The Detroit native earned 13% of snaps in 2021 but did have some flash plays, causing a fumble and getting a tackle for a loss.” In the team’s most recent depth chart he is listed as the third nickel behind Taron Johnson and Siran Neal. A trade for the 2019 UDFA should give him more snaps and would give Buffalo another late-round pick to add to their arsenal.

Isaiah Hodgins

Hodgins has had a pretty solid preseason when it comes to playing outside receiver behind Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis. The Oregon State product has been targeted 15 times, hauling in 12 catches for 105 receiving yards. One of those 12 receptions was the highlight reel grab along the sideline vs. the Colts in Week 1.

The biggest obstacle for Hodgins to make this roster is his ability to play special teams. The former sixth-round selection took nine snaps on teams versus Denver, and he struggled. He was beaten so badly on the one punt that his opponent just barely missed blocking Matt Haack’s punt. The joke here is that Buffalo will never punt anyways, but McDermott isn’t going to make roster decisions in that mindset. If Hodgins is destined for the practice squad I’d be willing to bet he is a top target of our old friends over with the Giants. Could this motivate Beane to try and get value before he is lost for free?

Raheem Blackshear

I’ll keep this one simple. Remember all that stuff you convinced yourself about Christian Wade? That, but with Blackshear. Beane reiterated Tuesday that special teams is a deciding factor when it comes to guys at the end of the roster, and this is where Taiwan Jones gets the leg up, plus Singletary, Motor, Cook, and Johnson when it comes to ball carriers.

One other note: In my original trade bait story I listed A.J. Epenesa. While I believe several teams would love to trade for the edgerusher. I think he has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is making this roster and has too much value to Buffalo.

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