The Buffalo Bills officially announced their undrafted free agent signings on Tuesday. Read more about them here.
Darrin Kitchens, LB, Florida
Kitchens was a special teams standout for the Gators and has good speed as he clocked a 4.59 forty yard dash at the Florida Pro Day. An occasional starter, Kitchens appeared played 45 games during his college career.
Darius Robinson, CB, Clemson
Robinson battled injuries during his college career but started all 13 games as a senior and was named a permanent team captain. During his senior season he amassed 37 tackles and three interceptions. Robinson ran a 4.54 second forty yard dash at the Clemson Pro Day.
Damien Jacobs, DT, Florida
Jacobs is a JUCO transfer who played in 23 games for the Gators while starting four. He adds depth to the defensive line after no defensive lineman have been drafted by the Buffalo Bills since Marcell Dareus in 2011.
Deon Broomfield, S, Iowa State
Broomfield emerged during his senior year while becoming a full-time starter for the first time. He accumulated 57 tackles and 9 pass breakups across 13 games. A good athlete with an aggressive nature, Broomfield has special teams demeanor and adds to the mix at safety for the Bills.
Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt
Another defensive back has been picked up by the Bills in the undrafted free agent market. Ladler is a center-fielder with good ball skills and football smarts, but his limited physical traits left him undrafted. A two year starter and All-SEC first team selection as a senior, Ladler had 9 career interceptions including five as a senior. He also forced five fumbles as a senior.
Jimmy Gaines, LB, Miami
A three-year starter for the Miami defense, Gaines gives the Bills even more depth at linebacker. He was highly productive for the Hurricanes, but is undersized to play the position at the next level. He will likely need to carve out a role on special teams to make the roster.
Derek Brim, FS, Buffalo
A local product who went to Canisius High School (along with Gaines) then Buffalo, Brim is a converted wide receiver who became a starting free safety in his junior shot. He has enough size and athleticism for a shot to make it in the NFL, but he’d have to come a long way in training camp.
Colby Way, DL, Buffalo
The University at Buffalo announced Monday morning that another local product, Colby Way, had been signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent. Way was a productive player for the Bulls’ defensive front, but as an undersized defensive tackle with limited athleticism, he’s an NFL long shot.
Bryan Johnson, LB, West Texas A&M
A junior college transfer to West Texas A&M, Johnson played in 28 games, including 10 starts, over the course of two seasons. Johnson had a solid career in which he produced 89 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, eight quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, but he will be 26 years old by the time the 2014 season starts and is possibly the longest of long shots among the undrafted free agent class.
Unconfirmed Camp Invitations:
The Bills decided not to invest in a backup quarterback in this year’s draft, but according to David Wilkinson of WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Buffalo has invited Guiton to training camp. A backup for most of his career at Ohio State, Guiton performed well when injuries thrust him into the lineup, and he could provide a legitimate challenge to the third-string job for Jeff Tuel.
Correction: It was incorrectly reported earlier that Alabama cornerback Deion Belue had signed with the Buffalo Bills. He is instead signing with the Miami Dolphins.
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