BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
The Buffalo Bills have been busy over the last two days. Dan Hope covered Buffalo’s first 18 cuts from Friday, and today the Bills cut an additional five players to trim their roster to 50 players. Buffalo cutting its roster below 53 players should not be considered a surprise, as the team will add recently released players in an attempt to upgrade its roster. Buffalo could use depth at cornerback and along the offensive line.
Saturday’s cuts provided a few surprises that Dan Hope and I missed on our final 53-man roster projections. It’ll be interesting to see which players the Bills add to their roster in the coming days as the team prepares for their Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots. Without any further ado, here are Buffalo’s five cuts.
Saturday’s Cuts (listed in alphabetical order):
DL Jamie Blatnick: Blatnick was the biggest surprise cut of the day. While Blatnick played well, the Bills have quite a few players who can rush the passer and drop back into coverage. Buffalo must have felt content with Manny Lawson, Jerry Hughes and Marcus Dowtin as edge pass-rushers who can also drop back into coverage.
DL Izaan Cross: Cross had a decent preseason and camp for the Bills, but the team also had plenty of talent along its defensive line. He was considered as a bit of a long shot to make the team’s final roster.
QB: Thaddeus Lewis: The second surprise of the day came in the release of Thaddeus Lewis. Buffalo acquired Lewis in a trade for veteran linebacker Chris White to battle for a roster spot. Lewis outplayed veteran Matt Leinart in the team’s preseason finale and many expected him to stick with the team after Leinart was released. The Bills may add a recently released quarterback to its roster to fill one of its final three roster spots.
LB Bryan Scott: Scott’s release was no surprise as many thought he was cut yesterday after a tweet from Jairus Byrd. Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reported that the team was trying to trade Scott, but it appears that no teams were interested.
DT Torell Troup: Troup appeared healthy this season after battling back issues for the past few seasons. Unfortunately for Troup, the team had a lot of talent at the defensive tackle position. Jay Ross ended up winning the fourth defensive tackle spot behind Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Alan Branch. Keeping five defensive tackles didn’t make sense as the Bills have other positions that they need to address.