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Sunday Roster Shakeup: Buffalo Bills Filling Roster, Practice Squad with Waiver Claims

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Signed by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Brandon Burton is switching sides. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you thought the Buffalo Bills would be done making roster moves when the 53-man roster deadline hit Saturday, you would have been mistaken. Sunday is arguably an even busier day for NFL roster moves, as teams claim players off waivers from other teams, sign players to their practice squads and often release more players to make room for their new additions.

The Bills may be done making cuts — by cutting their roster down to 50 players on Saturday, they left room to make a few additions without having to make any subsequent drops. They should, however, be expected to fill their open roster spots as well as all eight spots on their practice squad.

The Bills have begun the process of filling those open roster spots, announcing five practice squad additions and one roster addition Sunday afternoon. As the team continues to fill the remaining spots, we will update this post as they are officially announced.

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Roster Move Rundown: Buffalo Bills Trim Roster To 50 Players With 5 Cuts

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

The Bills released Thad Lewis on Saturday. Currently, rookies Jeff Tuel and E.J. Manuel are the only two quarterbacks on Buffalo’s roster.

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.

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Roster Move Rundown: Buffalo Bills Trim to 55 Players With 18 Cuts, Three To Injured Reserve

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Matt Leinart’s stint with the Buffalo Bills lasted less than a week after a disappointing performance Thursday versus the Detroit Lions. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With Saturday’s deadline to cut down the roster to the regular-season limit of 53 players, the Buffalo Bills had a busy day Friday. The Bills released 18 players from their roster, while also placing three injured players on the season-ending injured reserve, in order to cut their roster down to 55 players (the roster was at the 75-player limit prior to the 21 moves, but free safety Jairus Byrd’s roster exemption expires Saturday).

The Bills have not made any stunning releases yet, but they have released a few names who both Ryan Talbot and I had on our final roster projections. Conversely, the Bills have a few players still remaining on their roster who neither Ryan nor I expected to make the team.

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2013 Buffalo Bills Positional Previews: Defensive Line

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Defensive end Mario Williams could be in line for a career year if he can stay healthy in 2013. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

With Positional Previews finished for the offensive side of the ball (see the bottom of page 2 for links to all five of them), it’s time to preview the Buffalo Bills’ defensive side of the ball in the next three installments.

The Bills defense was woeful in 2012. The defense under Dave Wannstedt, who lasted only one season as defensive coordinator, was as vanilla as it comes. It showed at the end of the season. For the season, Buffalo gave up 435 total points and 362.9 yards per game.

Expectations are different in 2013, however. Wannstedt has been replaced with Mike Pettine, formerly of the New York Jets. Pettine plans on being far more aggressive than his predecessor and give multiple defensive looks. For Buffalo’s defense to be successful, the defensive line will have to perform much better than last season.

Buffalo currently has 13 defensive linemen on their roster. Some of them are absolute locks to make the team, but there are a few veterans at risk.

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