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Bills Cutdown To 53 For Season
The Bills got their roster down to 53 by cutting 14 players on Monday and 12 more yesterday. There were no surprises among the cuts. The Bills will go into the season with only two healthy quarterbacks. The biggest area of depth appears to be linebacker, the club is keeping nine including two undrafted free agents. The club is keeping four rookie free agents in all and cut only one player from last year's roster, RB Lennox Gordon. Our Take: The roster cuts were expected. Good move only carrying two QBs, if there was an injury than they can always re-sign Mike Cawley. The only player kept that really surprised us was tackle Jon Carman. The lack of depth at the position and the injury to Joe Panos facilitated that move.
The Bills did add a player on Sunday trading for DB/KR Chris Watson. They sent an undisclosed 2001 draft pick to Denver for the former third round pick. Watson started one game at Cornerback during his rookie season in 1999. He averaged 23.7 yards per kick return and 7.6 yards and a touchdown on punt returns. Our Take: This was a fantastic move to shore up one of the glaring weakness on this team.
The other glaring weakness on this team is also on special teams. The coverage units struggled mightily in the preseason. Our Take: The bad coverage has been chalked up to a lot of young players playing special teams. If that is the case (and we aren't buying it) then they should put some more veterans on the coverage teams.
On Thursday night the Bills won their final preseason game 16-12 in a game where mostly backups played. Most of the big name starters took the game off and it gave the backups a chance to play. The main star was fullback Sammy Morris who ran for 101 yards and that led to the cutting of Gordon. Our Take: Smart move giving the starters most of the game if not all the game off. The turf in Philadelphia is the worst in the league, no reason to risk any serious injuries, and despite a scare or two the Bills got out without any serious injuries.
On the injury front, Joe Panos was hurt in the preseason game in St. Louis. It was learned this week that he will miss up to four weeks with a tear to the arch of his foot. Our Take: Another hardluck injury for Panos. He and Doug Flutie are the only players expected to miss any length of time at the beginning of the year. The injury situation in Buffalo is definitely better than it is elsewhere in the league.
Off the field, the big news was the controversy flare up between the two quarterbacks. Rob Johnson responded to Flutie's comments from the off season regarding the playoff game. Johnson said Flutie wasn't much fun to play with that week, and it was an insult to the team to say they would have won with Flutie. Our Take: Johnson showed this is his team, and the comments were made months ago for the article being released by Penthouse now.
Former Bill Tom Day died this week from a blood clot in his lung. He was 65.
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