Posts Tagged ‘Practice Squad’

Bills Release Jacquies Smith to Activate Nigel Bradham

Monday, September 8th, 2014
After being inactive in Week 1, Jacquies Smith was released by the Bills on Monday. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

After being inactive in Week 1, Jacquies Smith was released by the Bills on Monday. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although the roster formed by the cutdown to 53 players is often considered to be a team’s “final roster,” it was already known that the Buffalo Bills would be making at least one roster move this week in order to add linebacker Nigel Bradham, who was suspended for the team’s first game, back to the active 53-man roster.

The Bills made that move Monday by releasing defensive end Jacquies Smith.

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Labor Day: Buffalo Bills Release Week 1 Depth Chart, Name Captains, Continue to Fill Practice Squad

Monday, September 1st, 2014
Third-round pick Preston Brown is set to start in place of Nigel Bradham at weakside linebacker in the Bills' season opener Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Third-round pick Preston Brown is set to start in place of Nigel Bradham at weakside linebacker in the Bills’ season opener Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills stayed busy on Labor Day in their preparations for their season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. On Monday, the Bills released their first in-season depth chart of the year, announced their six team captains and continued to make additions to their practice squad.

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Buffalo Bills Bring Jeff Tuel, Six Other Cuts Back to Practice Squad

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Released by the Bills on Saturday after one year on their roster, quarterback Jeff Tuel is set to begin the 2014 season on Buffalo's practice squad. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Released by the Bills on Saturday after one year on their roster, quarterback Jeff Tuel is set to begin the 2014 season on Buffalo’s practice squad. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills started filling up their practice squad on Sunday by re-signing seven of the 10 players who they released on Saturday.

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Updated Buffalo Bills 53-Man Roster, Depth Chart and Practice Squad Projections Following 13 Roster Moves Friday

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Frank Summers' roster spot appears safe. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Frank Summers’ roster spot appears safe. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The weekend considered by many around the NFL to be the toughest of the year is underway. All 32 franchises, including the Buffalo Bills, are in the process of making and finalizing difficult decisions as they cut their rosters down to the 53-man regular season limit while Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline to do so looms.

The Bills released 10 players on Friday, including punter Brian Moorman and defensive tackle Landon Cohen, and placed three others on injured reserve to cut their roster down to 62.

That leaves Buffalo with nine moves still to make by Saturday. One of those moves will be covered by linebacker Nigel Bradham’s Week 1 suspension, which goes into effect Saturday, but the Bills must choose eight others to release or place on reserve lists.

Even then, the Bills’ roster-shaping work won’t be done. It’s likely that the Bills will bring in a number of players cut by other teams, which will force Buffalo to make even more cuts. Additionally, the Bills will both choose from their own released players and scour the waiver wire to build a 10-man practice squad by Sunday.

When the dust finally settles next week and the Bills have their roster set for Week 1, what will it look like and who will join them in practice? There’s still a lot to be determined, but here’s an updated projection following Friday’s latest wave of moves.

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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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