Posts Tagged ‘Buffalo Bills’

Bills Sign Jordan Palmer to Replace Backup Quarterback Thad Lewis; Kiko Alonso Placed on Reserve List

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
The Bills signed Jordan Palmer in an effort to remedy their backup quarterback problem. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

The Bills signed Jordan Palmer in an effort to remedy their backup quarterback problem. (Photo: Dennis Wierzbicki — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has made it clear the past couple weeks that he was unhappy with the Bills’ backup quarterback situation, so it came as no surprise Tuesday when the Bills signed veteran quarterback Jordan Palmer and released Thad Lewis.

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Updated Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster, Depth Chart and Practice Squad Projection Before Final Preseason Game

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is set to be a rookie starter at right tackle. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

Seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson is set to be a rookie starter at right tackle. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have released 12 players in the past two days, first by cutting veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch then making 11 more roster moves Monday, but the biggest wave of cuts will come later this week.

The Bills play their final preseason game Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Lions at Ralph Wilson, and will then have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to trim their active roster to 53 players.

Which players will survive the next round of cuts? Furthermore, how should the team’s depth chart stack up heading into Week 1? And among the players who will be cut, who are the best candidates for the team’s 10-man practice squad?

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Buffalo Bills Complete Roster Cuts to 75-Man Limit

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Running back Ronnie Wingo was among 11 players cut by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Running back Ronnie Wingo was among 11 players cut by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

One day after releasing Alan Branch—a starter on the defensive line last season—the Buffalo Bills made 11 cuts Monday to bring their roster down to the 75-man limit ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.

There were no surprises among Monday’s cuts.

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The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.

 


The Song Remains the Same: Buffalo Bills Offense Continues to Struggle in Dress Rehearsal vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense got roughed up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills offense got roughed up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The talk all offseason for the Buffalo Bills was that if they are going to end their 14-year playoff drought, second-year quarterback EJ Manuel and the offense around him must improve significantly from last season.

Might not want to make any postseason plans if you’re a Bills fan.

It’s only the preseason, but so far the Bills offense has shown virtually no improvement from the unit that ranked 19th in the NFL in yards per game and 22nd in points per game last year.

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