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BDC 12/31: Bills Make Futures Signings

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 31, 2013 – 10:28 am

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DAILY REPORT
– The Buffalo Bills announced yesterday that the team has signed the below seven players as reserve/future signings:

DB

Butler, Mario

OT

Coughman, Edawn

QB

Dixon, Dennis

DE

Igbinosun, Ikponmwosa

OT

Johnson-Webb, Jamaal

WR

Kaufman, Brandon

LB

Smith, Jacquies

 

Butler (6-1, 187-pounds) joined Buffalo’s Practice Squad on November 19. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 and spent portions of the 2011 and 2012 seasons on the Practice Squads of the Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Butler saw action in 51 games at Georgia Tech and recorded 136 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and four interceptions.

Coughman (6-4, 313-pounds) was signed to the team’s Practice Squad on September 2. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 and spent a portion of his rookie season on the team’s Practice Squad. He joined the Dallas Cowboys on May 13, 2013 before being released prior to the regular season. Coughman played nine games during the 2011 season with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League after a collegiate career at Shaw.

Dixon (6-3, 215-pounds) signed to Buffalo’s Practice Squad on October 8. He started three-of-four games played in the NFL in three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2008-11) and completed 35-of-59 passes for 402 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. The Oregon product entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft selection of the Steelers in 2008. He spent the 2012 season on the Baltimore Ravens’ Practice Squad and the 2013 training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles before being released prior to the regular season.

Igbinosun (pronounced ig-bi-NO-sun) was signed to the team’s Practice Squad on November 12. A 6-3, 286-pound Southern Connecticut State product, Igbinosun entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012 before being released prior to the regular season. He spent a portion of his rookie season on the Practice Squad of the Dallas Cowboys and was released during the team’s 2013 training camp. Igbinosun was a first-team All-Northeast 10 Conference selection as a senior recording 58 tackles, a team-leading 7.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 10 starts.

Johnson-Webb (6-3, 306-punds) was signed to the team’s Practice Squad on December 3. An Alabama A&M product, Johnson-Webb entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 before being released prior to the regular season. He has spent portions of the season on the practice squads for the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings. Johnson-Webb started 45 games for Alabama A&M, beginning his career as a guard before moving to tackle prior to his sophomore season

Kaufman (6-5, 215-pounds) joined Buffalo as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft and was released prior to the regular season. He re-joined the team on the Practice Squad on December 10. The Eastern Washington product Started 37-of-42 games over three years and generated 19 100-yard performances. He finished with 221 catches – third-most in school history and seventh in Big Sky Conference for 3,731 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Smith (6-2, 260-pounds) signed to Buffalo’s Practice Squad on October 15. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 2012 and was released prior to the regular season. He spent a portion of his rookie season on the Practice Squad of the New York Jets and was released by the Jets prior to the 2013 regular season. The Missouri product started 30-of-51 games for the Tigers and totaled 159 tackles, 13.0 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
December 31, 1997 – MARV LEVY RETIRES FROM COACHING
At a packed press conference in the Bills fieldhouse, Hall of Fame Head Coach Marv Levy announced his retirement from coaching.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Trio
Bills HC Doug Marrone, President and CEO Russ Brandon and GM Doug Whaley (from left to right) sat down yesterday to review 2013 and look forward to what is ahead in 2014 for the Bills. 

Locker Cleanout
After wrapping up the season Sunday, the Bills cleaned out their lockers yesterday while taking time answer questions about the 2013 season and where fans can expect the team to head in 2014.

QUOTES OF THE DAY
Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills President and CEO
Q: About a year ago you sat up there and talked about the franchise’s tarnished relevancy and the need to go to the ends of the earth to change that. How far do you feel this franchise has come to achieving that?
RB: We’ve made a significant step under Coach Marrone. The leadership that he’s brought to this organization, the level of accountability and where we’re trying to reach. We are disappointed that we’re sitting here at 6-10 there is no doubt about it. We certainly feel that, as I mentioned, we are under the path to success under his leadership. Under the personnel changes that Doug Whaley made. Some of the personnel brought in not only in the draft, but acquisitions like Jerry Hughes, Ty Powell, Stefan Charles and Dan Carpenter. A lot of players that contributed this year. Obviously the draft class was excellent. Obviously Doug also made some changes with his personnel department last year with Jim Monos as Director of Player Personnel and Kelvin Fisher as Director of Scouting and Tom Gibbons running the Pro department. I feel very good about that. What we don’t feel good about is sitting here talking to you at 6-10 and that needs to change. 

DOUG MARRONE, Buffalo Bills Head Coach
Q: You talk about EJ benefiting from a full offseason, what about yourself? You really have not had an offseason in some ways. How do you approach this offseason knowing you can digest a full year at the job?
DM: Well I’m excited to get back and start with the evaluation process really and going back and looking at why we are where we’re at. I have my opinion now which obviously I get asked a question and give. We’re going to go back and really look at the details, strategically, schematically, where we have not produced the consistency that we need. For me, there is really no such thing as an offseason, so I’m actually excited about that for the challenges that we’re going to be faced with for the 2014 season. I understand sitting here obviously Russ said it and we all feel the same way, we’re disappointed with where we are in the season and sitting here at 6-10. We also know that we have a lot of work ahead of us and I look forward to that challenge. 

DAILY LINKS
Buffalo News- Bills’ brass discusses Manuel’s development, Byrd’s status and more

Buffalo News- Bills’ belief in Manuel remains stron

Buffalo News- Locker room cleanout day has a familiar feel to it

Buffalo News- Manuel says injuries are a matter of bad luck

Rochester D&C- EJ Manuel says he will enter 2014 as Bills’ starting QB

Rochester D&C- Buffalo Bills fire receivers coach

Toronto Sun- Bills got better in 2013, just not nearly enough

Toronto Sun- Bills-in-Toronto series on thin ice? Perhaps

AP- Bills still a work in progress after 6-10 finish

AP- Highs and lows of the Bills’ 6-10 season

AP-Bills fire WR coach Ike Hilliard

BuffaloBills.com- Brandon, Whaley, and Marrone talk 2013 Bills

BuffaloBills.com- Bills WRs coach Hilliard relieved of duties

BuffaloBills.com- Seven announced as reserve/future signings

BuffaloBills.com- NFL releases tentative draft order, Bills to pick 9th

BuffaloBills.com- Jackson’s inspiring performance not enough

BuffaloBills.com- Manuel weighing options on knee injury

Video/Audio/Photo
BuffaloBills.com
Bills Season Wrap Up Press Conference
Bills Roundup: Locker Clean Out, Coaching Change
C.J. Spiller and EJ Manuel on their seasons
Brian Moorman on Future With Bills
The John Murphy Show December 30
Doug Marrone Answers Fans’ Questions

WGR550
Bills’ Marrone tells Manuel he’ll start in 2014
Bills want Jairus Byrd back
Bills let one coach go, Crossman still employed
12/30 Fred Jackson on WGR
12/30 Eric Wood with Mike Schopp

WIVB
Bills clean out lockers, look forward
Marrone gives Manuel vote of confidence
Bills will try to keep Byrd
Bills part ways with WR coach Hilliard

WKBW
Manuel says off-season surgery possible on injured knee

WGRZ
Bills Still Work in Progress After 6-10 Season
Bills QB EJ Manuel Talks About the Future
Bills Clean Out Lockers After Disappointing Season
Bills CJ Spiller Talks About His Season with the Bills
Bills fire receivers coach Ike Hilliard

WHAM
Bills pack their bags, reflect on 2013

WHEC
Highs and lows of the Bills’ 6-10 season

TWCN
Bills brass puts wrap on a season with no playoffs

Additional Clips
Inside The Bills
Offer to be made to Byrd, CarpenterLeonhard only looking to play 1 more yearBills projected to have 7th most cap space

Buffalo News Press Coverage Blog
EJ Manuel says Doug Marrone has told him he will be starting QB in 2014
Aaron Williams proclaims he and Jairus Byrd are the NFL’s best safety duo
Review Bills’ season-ending news conference

NFL.com Around The League
Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills still hoping for long-term deal
EJ Manuel will enter 2014 as Buffalo Bills’ starting QB

ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
Bills keeping door open for Jairus Byrd
Bills brass gives Manuel vote of confidence
Bills part ways with coach Ike Hilliard
C.J. Spiller falls short of own expectations
Manuel told he’ll be Bills’ starting QB in 2014
Williams thanks Byrd for contributions
Upon Further Review: Bills-Patriots

Kryk Slants
Did the Bills improve in ’13? Yes. Enough? No.

Buffalo Rumblings
Marcell Dareus contract: Bills have fifth-year option in 201
Buffalo Rumblings Podcast No. 22: here comes Favre
Buffalo Bills to talk contract with Dan Carpenter, Brian Moorman
Ike Hilliard no longer Buffalo Bills WR coach
All eyes on Jairus Byrd as Buffalo Bills offseason begins

AFC East Daily
Bills’ Hilliard firing ‘a difference in philosophy’
Marrone tries to explain Blount’s gouging returns

Pro Football Focus
ReFo: Bills @ Patriots, Week 17

All Sports WNY
BILLS FANS GET READY FOR THE NFL DRAFT, 4 MONTHS AWAY, WIDE RECEIVER MIGHT BE #1 PICK.
Buffalo Bills Season Ending Media Comments

Bleacher Report
Grading Every Bills Starter’s Regular Season


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