Posts Tagged ‘Undrafted Free Agents’

Teammates Again: Canisius High School’s Jimmy Gaines, Derek Brim Back Together as Buffalo Bills

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Jimmy Gaines (pictured) and high school teammate Derek Brim are back in Buffalo. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Adjusting to the life in the NFL is a challenge for all rookies, but Buffalo Bills undrafted free-agent signings Jimmy Gaines and Derek Brim have an advantage of familiarity.

The two Western New York natives are not only familiar with the city of Buffalo but also with one another. Gaines and Brim were both 2010 graduates from Canisius High School, a private, all-male secondary institution in Buffalo, where they were football teammates.

Gaines went on to the University of Miami, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker. Brim stayed local at the University at Buffalo, where he began his career as a walk-on but emerged as a starting safety midway through his junior season.

Both players did enough to capture the interest of the Bills, who made room for the local products on their 90-man preseason roster. That doesn’t ensure they’ll be on the Bills’ 53-man regular season roster, but both players are fighting hard to turn their opportunity into a career.


The 2014 All-Undrafted Team

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Although a knee injury didn’t stop Henry Josey from a productive 2013 season, it did lead to his going undrafted. (Photo: Spruce Derden — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

With a draft class that had been heralded as deep by people both inside and outside the league, we knew all along that there would be talented players to go unselected in the 2014 NFL draft.

Putting together an annual All-Undrafted team can be a challenge some years, as there are typically at least a couple positions where the well of draftable talent had run dry. Not this year. The difficult part of selecting this year’s best undrafted players wasn’t finding players worthy of the recognition, but rather deciding which players to leave off.

The following selections represent the prospects who bring the best skill sets and potential to the next level among the undrafted pool. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have the best chances to make the rosters of the teams who signed team, as some players have entered more favorable depth charts than others, but all of these players have enough ability to build a sustained NFL career.


2014 Buffalo Bills Undrafted Free Agent Tracker

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Kenny Ladler is among the Buffalo Bills’ undrafted free agent signings following the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills officially announced their undrafted free agent signings on Tuesday. Read more about them here.


Brandon Kaufman: The Buffalo Bills’ New Version of David Nelson?

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Brandon Kaufman’s size and hands make him an intriguing option for the Buffalo Bills at wide receiver. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

When Brandon Kaufman entered the 2013 NFL draft as a junior out of Eastern Washington University, he expected to be drafted.

Kaufman slipped out of the draft due to a very deep class of wide receivers, but was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills.

If you can brave the bright red turf of Eastern Washington University and watch Kaufman’s film, you might see the Buffalo Bills have potentially found another David Nelson. Let’s take a look at Kaufman, an early favorite among undrafted free agents to make the Bills’ 53-man roster.


Undrafted Free Agents With Best Shot of Making Bills’ 53-Man Roster

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Howard linebacker Keith Pough has a good shot of making the Bills’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

If you’re familiar with the NFL Draft Sites Network, then you know we take undrafted free agents pretty seriously around here. NE Patriots Draft continues to be the place to go year in and year out for the Internet’s most updated undrafted free agents tracker as they happen, while each team’s signings were updated and broken down on each of the network’s sites, including here at BBD.

The Bills signed 16 undrafted free agents in total, but while all have made enough of an impression to get signed and will have a shot to win over the coaching staff in training camp, the majority of those players will be released due to a lack of available roster space and the team’s lack of long-term commitment into each player.

Last year, the only undrafted free agent to make the Bills’ Week 1 roster was safety Delano Howell. Howell only played in one game for the Bills and was released midseason, but another UDFA, punter Shawn Powell, was brought back three games into the season following the release of veteran Brian Moorman.

Typically, each NFL teams retains 1-2 undrafted free agents each year. But with none of them being a given to make the Bills’ roster, and all of them having a shot, let’s take a look at the five undrafted free agents most likely to stick around in Buffalo next season.


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