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1983 Buffalo Bills

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.8, Offense: -3.4, Defense: -0.4, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 283 points (17.7/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 351 points (21.9/g), 18th.
 Differential of -68 points (-4.2/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.0-10.0.

Coach: Kay Stephenson (8-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Zeman

Stadium: Rich Stadium
 Training Camp: SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia, New York)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Joe Ferguson 33 10 16 281 for 508, 2,995 yards, 26 td, 25 int, & 20 rushes for 88 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
RB Joe Cribbs* 25 3 16 263 rushes for 1,131 yards, 3 td, & 57 catches for 524 yards and 7 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 29th pick / 1980
FB Booker Moore 24 1 11 60 rushes for 275 yards, 0 td, & 34 catches for 199 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 28th pick / 1981
WR Jerry Butler 26 4 9 36 catches for 385 yards, 3 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1979
WR Frank Lewis 36 12 11 36 catches for 486 yards, 3 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
TE Mark Brammer 25 3 12 25 catches for 215 yards, 2 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 67th pick / 1980
LT Ken Jones 31 7 16 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
LG Jim Ritcher 25 3 16 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 16th pick / 1980
C Will Grant 29 5 16 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 255th pick / 1978
RG Jon Borchardt 26 4 16 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1979
RT Justin Cross 24 1 13 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 10th / 272nd pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ben Williams 29 7 16 10.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
NT Fred Smerlas* 26 4 16 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1979
RDE Sherman White 35 11 8 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
LOLB Lucius Sanford 27 5 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
LILB Chris Keating 26 4 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RILB Eugene Marve 23 1 16 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1982
ROLB Ervin Parker 25 3 16 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 93rd pick / 1980
LCB Mario Clark 29 7 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
RCB Charles Romes 29 6 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
SS Mike Kennedy 24 Rook 7 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
FS Steve Freeman 30 8 16 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Joe Danelo 30 8 0 10 of 20 field goals & 33 of 35 extra points Miami Dolphins / 10th / 257th pick / 1975
P Greg Cater 26 3 0 89 punts for a 39.7 average, 0 blocked Buffalo Bills / 10th / 259th pick / 1980
PR Robb Riddick 26 2 0 42 punt returns for a 5.7 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 9th / 241st pick / 1981
KR Robb Riddick 26 2 0 28 kick returns for a 20.3 average and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 9th / 241st pick / 1981

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
75 Bill Acker 27 11 0 255 6-3 Texas 11/7/1956 3 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 142nd pick / 1980
84 Buster Barnett 25 te 15 1 228 6-5 Jackson St. 11/24/1958 2 1 Buffalo Bills / 11th / 299th pick / 1981
73 Jon Borchardt 26 RG 16 16 260 6-5 Montana St. 8/13/1957 4 7 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1979
86 Mark Brammer 25 TE 12 12 238 6-3 Michigan St. 5/3/1958 3 2 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 67th pick / 1980
80 Jerry Butler 26 WR 9 9 178 6-0 Clemson 10/12/1957 4 3 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1979
67 Darryl Caldwell 23 14 0 245 6-5 Tennessee St. 2/2/1960 Rook 0
7 Greg Cater 26 P 16 0 191 6-0 Tenn-Chattanooga 4/17/1957 3 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 259th pick / 1980
29 Mario Clark 29 LCB 14 14 194 6-2 Oregon 3/29/1954 7 5 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 18th pick / 1976
20 Joe Cribbs* 25 RB 16 16 190 5-11 Auburn 1/5/1958 3 11 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 29th pick / 1980
63 Justin Cross 24 RT 15 13 263 6-6 West. State (CO) 4/29/1959 1 5 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 272nd pick / 1981
18 Joe Danelo 30 K 14 0 166 5-9 Washington St. 9/2/1953 8 1 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 257th pick / 1975
89 Julius Dawkins 22 wr 11 2 196 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/4/1961 Rook 1 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 320th pick / 1983
11 Joe Dufek 22 5 0 215 6-4 Yale 8/23/1961 Rook 0
12 Joe Ferguson 33 QB 16 16 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/23/1950 10 7 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1973
28 Judson Flint 26 1 0 201 6-0 Memphis,California (PA) 1/26/1957 3 0 New England Patriots / 7th / 177th pick / 1979
85 Byron Franklin 25 wr 15 5 179 6-1 Auburn 9/3/1958 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 50th pick / 1981
22 Steve Freeman 30 FS 16 16 185 5-11 Mississippi St. 5/8/1953 8 7 New England Patriots / 5th / 117th pick / 1975
53 Will Grant 29 C 16 16 254 6-3 Idaho St.,Kentucky 3/7/1954 5 7 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 255th pick / 1978
55 Jim Haslett 28 5 0 232 6-3 Indiana (PA) 12/9/1955 4 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 51st pick / 1979
47 Tony Hunter 23 te 13 3 237 6-4 Notre Dame 5/22/1960 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 12th pick / 1983
47 Bill Hurley 26 10 0 195 5-11 Syracuse 5/16/1957 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 110th pick / 1980
90 Scott Hutchinson 27 5 0 246 6-4 Florida 5/27/1956 5 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 38th pick / 1978
91 Ken Johnson 28 RDE 16 8 253 6-5 Knoxville 3/25/1955 4 4 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 83rd pick / 1979
72 Ken Jones 31 LT 16 16 260 6-5 Arkansas St. 12/1/1952 7 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 45th pick / 1976
50 Trey Junkin 22 16 0 240 6-2 Louisiana Tech 1/23/1961 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 93rd pick / 1983
52 Chris Keating 26 LILB 16 16 223 6-2 Maine 10/12/1957 4 8
21 Mike Kennedy 24 SS 12 7 195 6-0 Toledo 2/26/1959 Rook 4
43 David Kilson 23 db 16 2 200 6-1 Nevada 8/11/1960 Rook 3
10 Matt Kofler 24 16 0 192 6-3 San Diego St. 8/30/1959 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 48th pick / 1982
42 Rod Kush 27 db 4 4 188 6-0 Nebraska-Omaha 12/29/1956 3 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 114th pick / 1979
48 Roosevelt Leaks 30 rb 12 4 225 5-10 Texas 1/31/1953 8 2 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 105th pick / 1975
82 Frank Lewis 36 WR 11 11 196 6-1 Grambling St. 7/4/1947 12 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 8th pick / 1971
59 Joey Lumpkin 23 14 0 230 6-2 Arizona St. 2/19/1960 1 1
61 Tom Lynch 28 g 15 3 256 6-5 Boston Col. 5/24/1955 6 2 Seattle Seahawks / 2nd / 30th pick / 1977
54 Eugene Marve 23 RILB 16 16 237 6-2 Saginaw Valley St. 8/14/1960 1 7 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1982
58 Mark Merrill 28 12 0 237 6-4 Minnesota 5/5/1955 5 1 New York Jets / 2nd / 31st pick / 1978
34 Booker Moore 24 FB 15 11 224 5-11 Penn St. 6/23/1959 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 28th pick / 1981
88 Mike Mosley 25 wr 7 2 192 6-2 Texas A&M 6/30/1958 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 76th pick / 1981
62 Ervin Parker 25 ROLB 16 16 236 6-4 South Carolina St. 8/19/1958 3 7 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 93rd pick / 1980
40 Robb Riddick 26 KR 16 0 195 6-0 Millersville 4/26/1957 2 0 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 241st pick / 1981
51 Jim Ritcher 25 LG 16 16 273 6-3 North Carolina St. 5/21/1958 3 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 16th pick / 1980
26 Charles Romes 29 RCB 16 16 191 6-1 North Carolina Central 12/16/1954 6 7 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 309th pick / 1977
99 Mark Roopenian 25 3 0 254 6-5 Boston Col. 7/10/1958 1 0
57 Lucius Sanford 27 LOLB 16 16 216 6-2 Georgia Tech 2/14/1956 5 8 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 89th pick / 1978
76 Fred Smerlas* 26 NT 16 16 277 6-3 Boston Col. 4/8/1957 4 13 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1979
5 Fred Steinfort 31 2 0 180 5-11 Boston Col. 11/3/1952 7 -1 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
56 Darryl Talley 23 16 0 235 6-4 West Virginia 7/10/1960 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 39th pick / 1983
24 Gary Thompson 24 16 0 180 6-0 San Jose St. 2/23/1959 Rook 1
81 Perry Tuttle 24 wr 9 3 178 6-0 Clemson 8/2/1959 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 19th pick / 1982
41 Phil Villapiano 34 4 0 225 6-2 Bowling Green 2/26/1949 12 0 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 45th pick / 1971
93 Scott Virkus 24 15 0 260 6-5 Purdue 9/7/1959 Rook 1
65 Tim Vogler 27 16 0 259 6-3 Ohio St. 10/2/1956 4 1
45 Len Walterscheid 29 3 0 190 5-11 Southern Utah 9/13/1954 6 0
83 Sherman White 35 RDE 8 8 250 6-5 California 10/6/1948 11 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 2nd pick / 1972
77 Ben Williams 29 LDE 16 16 251 6-3 Mississippi 9/1/1954 7 8 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 78th pick / 1976
27 Chris Williams 24 fs 16 5 197 6-0 LSU 1/2/1959 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 49th pick / 1981
23 Van Williams 24 rb 16 1 208 6-0 East Tennessee St.,Carson-Newman 3/15/1959 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 93rd pick / 1982
Team Total 26.5 16 220.1 6-2.0 3.6