Preseason Comes To An End
Sunday September 3, 2017
7 Released Players Added To Practice Sqaud: The Bills made their waiver pickups and releases official late this afternoon they also announced that seven of the players they released yesterday have been added to the practice squad. The group includes WRs Daikiel Shorts and Brandon Reilly which should come in handy with a shorthanded depth chart at the position. They also brought back Jonathan Mudge, Marquavius Lewis, Ian Seau, Marcus Sayles, and B.T. Sanders.
Williams, Hodges Released: The Bills made room for their three waiver claims by releasing two players that were suppose to be valuable backup players. Jonathan Williams, Philly Brown, and Gerald Hodges were let go. Ian Rapoport was the first to report the surprise cut of Williams who played deep into the fourth preseason game which could have been a clue. The team kept six backs originally so a move at the position was expected. Pro Football Talk reported the Hodges release first, he gets replaced by newly signed Deon Lacey. The release of Brown leaves the Bills a bit thin at WR with two of the five active receivers being more like return specialists. Walter Powell is suspended but the team may think they can get more out of newly traded for Kaelin Clay. Depth Chart.
More Roster Moves: The roster remains in flux as none of the players the Bills released were claimed by other teams on waivers meaning some of them will end up on the Bills practice squad. The Bills claimed three players on waivers so will be releasing three. They added OT Conor McDermott who was a 6th round draft pick of the Patriots this year. LB Deon Lacey off of waivers from Miami and TE Khari Lee off of waivers from Detroit. Lee has played in 24 games the past two seasons while Lacey has a lot of experience in the CFL. Mike Rodak is reporting that they are adding Marquavius Lewis, Ian Seau, Marcus Sayles, and B.T. Sanders are being re-added to the practice squad. After clearing waivers, Michael Ola and Jeremy Butler were brought back as reserved/injured players. Front Office Page.
Saturday September 2, 2017
Bills Trade For WR: The Bills took a step after the final cutdown to help their struggling receiver corps and Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott looked to their old team for help. The team has traded Kevon Seymour to the Panthers for WR Kaelin Clay and a 2019 7th round draft pick. Clay could step right in to the Z position at wide receiver for the Bills. He gives the Bills a downfield threat that they were missing. Seymour battled injuries all summer and continued to fall down the depth chart. Front Office Page.
Cuts Done: The Bills got down to the 53 man roster with several cuts and some injury related moves. Michael Ola and Jeremy Butler were waived/injured while Rod Streater and Shamiel Gray reached injury settlements. The team has decided to keep three quarterbacks but did let go of Keith Wenning so they must be confident either Tyrod Taylor or T.J. Yates will be available for the opener. The team is keeping six running backs including the two fullbacks. Mike Tolbert can play both which means five halfbacks are on the final roster as both Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones made the team. They are keeping five active wide receivers with Walter Powell being suspended to start the season. All six draft picks made the team and Greg Mabin was the lone undrafted free agent to be on the final roster. Trae Elston was claimed off of waivers and made the team as well. Of course the roster is likely not set yet as the team will be scouring other team's cuts and may still add to the roster. Depth Chart. Player Cuts.
Cuts Continue: The Bills have until 4pm to get the roster to 53 men but reports continue to trickle in on players being let go. You can track all the reported cuts here. The latest reported cuts include three wide receivers including preseason star Brandon Reilly, Daikiel Shorts, and Jeremy Butler who was waived-injured. Reports say the Bills want Reilly and Shorts for their 10 men practice squad if they clear waivers. Other reported cuts include local product Jordan Johnson, S Adrian McDonald, and CB Marcus Sayles who Mike Rodak reports they also want on the practice squad if he clears waivers. Other reportedly released players include: OG Zach Voytek, QB Keith Wenning,.DE Ian Seau, S B.T. Sanders, TE Rory Anderson, DT Nigel Williams, DT Marquavius Lewis, and LB Carl Bradford Depth Chart. Player Cuts.
Friday September 1, 2017
Cuts Begin To Leak Out: The Bills, and the rest of the NFL, have until 4pm tomorrow to get the rosters all the way down to 53. The team got a headstart with six cuts earlier this week. The Bills did not announce any cuts today but a few leaked in. Reportedly released so far are Joe Powell, Jacob Lindsey, Dez Lewis, Cam Jefferson, Bradley Sylve, Greg Pyke and reached an injury settlement with Shamiel Gray. Depth Chart.
Thursday August 31, 2017
Bills Beat Lions 27-17: The Bills won't go winless in the preseason thanks to a 27-17 win over the Lions. Nathan Peterman got the start and led the Bills to a field goal and a touchdown while going 9 of 11 for 81 yards. The Bills had touchdown runs by Jonathan Williams, Joe Banyard, and UB graduate Jordan Johnson as they ran for over 200 yards. Solid game for Greg Mabin, Trae Elston, and Brandon Reilly. Jerel Worthy left the game with a concussion and Michael Ola suffered an ankle injury and left the locker room in a walking boot.
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Cookie On The Wall: The Bills announced today that Cookie Gilchrist will finally get a long overdue honor. He will be this year's addition to the Wall of Fame. He will be honored years after his death and years too late. He had a long standing feud with Ralph Wilson that kept him off the wall. He will be honored during the October 29th home game against the Raiders.
Tuesday August 29, 2017
Injury Update: Sean McDermott said today that T.J. Yates and Tyrod Taylor remain in concussion protocol. The coach said he remains cautiously optimistic that Jordan Matthews will be ready for week 1 but he has yet to be cleared for full contact. He continues to practice on a limited basis. The coach also said the right guard battle is still going on and that the trade of Reggie Ragland was more about the trade value they got and not him not fitting into the scheme.
Bills Release Six: The Bills got an early start on roster cuts by releasing six low level players that were not going to make the team anyway. The biggest name on the list was Bacarri Rambo who's return to Buffalo was short lived and injury filled. The other players gone are Karim Barton, Jake Metz, Cedric O'Neal, Jumal Rolle, and Rashad Ross. The release of Ross locks up the return job to Brandon Tate who has had a solid camp. Depth Chart.
Monday August 28, 2017
Washington Not Guilty: Adolphus Washington was found not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of improperly carrying a concealed firearm according to the court clerk in Hamilton County Ohio. There is still a chance he will face discipline by the NFL under the league's conduct policy.
Ragland Traded/QB Signed: The Bills have parted ways with last year's second round draft pick Reggie Ragland. He has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 4th round pick in 2019 draft. Ragland only saw the field for three defensive snaps Saturday night and wasn't a fit for this defense. The Bills added a quarterback which was an absolute necessity with Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates suffering from concussions. They have signed Keith Wenning. He is the second former 6th round draft pick of the Ravens on the roster along with Taylor. Wenning was drafted by Baltimore in 2014 when Rick Dennison was the offensive coordinator there. He also spent time with the Giants and Bengals and has never been in an NFL regular season game. Front Office Page.
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