Bills Officially Release 21: The Bills have announced their cuts and 21 players have been released while Zebrie Sanders has been placed on injured reserve. He is one of three draft picks that aren't on the 53 man roster. We previously reported that Tank Carder was released and so was 6th round pick Mark Asper. Other notable released players that we didn't report on previously includes TE Kevin Brock who was banged up most of camp. OL James Carmon, DT Kellen Heard, LB Scott McKillop, DE Robert Eddins, and RB Johnny White are also gone. The team is carrying four quarterbacks as previously reported and two kickers as 7th round pick John Potter made the team based on going 11 of 13 on touchbacks in the preseason. S Delano Howell is the lone undrafted free agent to make the team and Alex Carrington was saved by the release of Dwan Edwards. Depth Chart | Player Cuts.
Smith The 5th Wideout: Tim Graham reports for the Buffalo News that sources say the team is only keeping four wide receivers and Brad Smith will be the fifth that means Derek Hagan, Ruvell Martin, Kamar Aiken, Naaman Roosevelt and Marcus Easley have all been cut at had been thought that Hagan or Easley or even Martin would make the team. The report also says the team is keeping four quarterbacks including Smith as both Tyler Thigpen and Tavaris Jackson will be on the opening day roster. It was thought they may cut Thigpen and re-sign him in order to save money. Graham also reports P Shawn Powell has been released. Unofficial Player Cuts.
Carder, Easley Released: 5th round draft pick Tank Carder also has been released according to tweets by him and his wife. In his tweet he said it just wasn't a good fit in Buffalo which sounds like he won't be on the practice squad. Marcus Easley has also reportedly been cut despite having a 100 yard kickoff return for a score last night. Depth Chart.
Edwards First Cut: Sources have confirmed to various media members that the Bills have cut Dwan Edwards. He had a good camp but the team had a lot of money tied up on the defensive line and has $4.1 Million salary for this year may have been too much to handle. He also fit in better with the 3-4 defense than the 4-3 under Dave Wannstedt. Edwards being gone may be good news for Alex Carrington or Jarron Gilbert. Carrington was behind Edwards on the depth chart and Gilbert moved to defensive end but played a lot of camp at tackle. That leaves 21 more cuts or roster moves.
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Cutdown Day: Today is the big cutdown day as the Bills have until 9pm to get their roster down to 53 men which means they have to trim 22 players off the current roster. It will be interesting to see what happens. Our front office page will have the cuts and we will update our depth chart this evening with the moves.
Thursday August 30, 2012
Who Helped Themselves: The starting offense looked real good so they have confidence going into the season. Marcus Easley gave the coaches something to think about with his big return. If Brad Smith is out a while this may give Easley a chance at making the team. Tyler Thigpen took a run at making the football team with a solid second half effort, he finished 18 of 30 for 186 yards and a score to go with his two interceptions. The fact Chan Gailey brought him back in the final minute may mean he has a good chance at staying as the backup. Justin Rogers looked ready for the season with a solid effort and so did Leodis McKelvin.
Who Hurt Themselves: The special teams looked poor as Brad Smith fumbled a kickoff away and the return units couldn't get the ball past the 20 too often although Marcus Easley redeemed the unit with his long return. Tavaris Jackson didn't do anything good and a lot bad in his minimal time on the field with two picks and a fumble. Isiah Green took a bad unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that probably ran him off the team.
Bills Lose To Lions: The team closed out the preseason winless as they lost to Detroit 38-32. The starting offense got one series and went 83 yards in 11 plays finishing it with a 4 yard TD pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson. Fitzpatrick was a perfect 5 for 5. The defense gave up an 80 yard TD drive on their only series and the wild game was on. Tyler Thigpen threw a pick six that finished a 28 point run in the first quarter by the Lions. Thigpen struggled in the first half but got hot in the second half leading two third quarter touchdown drives to bring the Bills back in the game. Marcus Easley had a 100 yard kickoff return for a score and then converted the two point conversion to give the Bills a one point fourth quarter lead. Tavaris Jackson entered the game with just under 6 minutes to play and fumbled the first snap and was intercepted on a fourth down pass in his only series. Thigpen came back in the final series and led the team down the field in the final minute before throwing his second pick.
Smith Hurt: The Bills appeared to suffer one fairly significant injury in the game against Detroit. Brad Smith left the game with a groin injury and did not return. It is unknown how serious the injury is. Andy Levitre also left early with an arm issue but seemed fine on the sidelines. Injury Page.
Wilson Hospitalized: The Bills have confirmed that owner Ralph Wilson has been hospitalized but is in good condition. The latest report says he is in the hospital for a mild infection and should be released soon. Wilson made his first public appearance in a long time at the dedication of a new building last month at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Tuesday August 28, 2012
Injured Players Should Be Ready For Opener: Chan Gailey addressed the media today after the last media open practice of the offseason. He said while Erik Pears and Mark Anderson along with Kyle Williams and Eric Wood will all be available for the season opener against the Jets. Starters are likely to play only about 10 plays on Thursday night against Detroit but Anderson and Pears have already been ruled out along with Terrence McGee who suffered a setback with his injured knee. The slow recovery is a huge concern for the team but Gailey all but ruled out releasing McGee saying he is not on the bubble. Tavaris Jackson will play against the Lions and will be the third quarterback off the bench.
Pears, Anderson Out Thursday: Chan Gailey has ruled out Erik Pears and Mark Anderson from Thursday night's preseason finale with ongoing groin problems. It now appears that there is a good chance that Chris Hairston may start on opening day at right tackle. If Anderson doesn't recover quickly we may see more of Chris Kelsay against the Jets. Injury Page.
Monday August 27, 2012
Trade Details: Jason Canfora reports that the draft pick going to Seattle in the Tavaris Jackson trade is a 7th round pick that gets upgraded to a 6th if he is active for 6 or more games this year. If Jackson makes the team as the number two quarterback he should easily make that incentive for a 6th rounder.
Trade Complete; Young Released: The Bills officially announced the trade for QB Tavaris Jackson they made room for him on the 75 man roster by releasing Vince Young. Buddy Nix said he has followed Jackson's career since his Pro Day at Auburn. He came available at the right time and he has experience in the Bills short passing scheme. Nix said the team spent a lot of money in the offseason and didn't want an injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick to ruin what they are trying to build. On Young, he said it just didn't work out. The deal was done after he restructured his contract. He was due to make $4 Million this year and now can earn up to $3 Million this season. The deal is for an undisclosed draft pick.Front Office Page.
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