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Bills add CB to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2016 – 10:00 am

The Bills announced that the team has signed CB Charles Gaines to the team’s practice squad.

Gaines, a 5-10, 180-pound Louisville product, originally entered the NFL as a sixth round (189th overall) draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by Cleveland. Gaines appeared in six games with four starts as a rookie in 2015 with Cleveland, recording 15 tackles, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Gaines, 24, is a native of Miami, Florida.


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Bills re-sign CB Roberson to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2016 – 10:35 am

The Bills re-signed CB Marcus Roberson to the team’s practice squad.

Roberson has already spent time on both the Bills 53-man roster and practice squad during the 2016 season. A 6-0, 194-pound Florida product, he originally entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis Rams. He has played in 26 career games, accumulating 36 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed. Roberson, 24, is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Bills also announced the team has release WR Mose Frazier from the team’s practice squad.


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Bills add two to the practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 31, 2016 – 5:10 pm

The Bills announced that the team has signed WR Ed Eagan and TE Manasseh Garner back to the team’s practice squad Monday.

Eagan, a 5-10, 193-pound Northwestern State, LA. product, has spent time on the Bills practice squad this season after spending time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns in the offseason. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys following the 2016 NFL Draft. Eagan played in 44 games during his collegiate career, playing the first nine as a cornerback before transitioning to wide receiver.

Garner has also spent time on the Bills 53-man roster and practice squad this season. Garner, a 6-2, 239-pound tight end played at both Pittsburgh and Wisconsin during his collegiate career. In total, Garner appeared in 43 career collegiate games, with 14 starts, while accumulating 52 receptions for 637 yards and five touchdowns. Garner originally entered the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

 

 


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Bills sign OT Ola to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 27, 2016 – 10:00 am

The Bills announced that the team has signed T Michael Ola to the team’s practice squad.

Ola rejoins the Bills after spending time on the team’s 53-man roster—during which he appeared in three games. The 6-5, 312-pound Hampton University product originally entered the NFL in 2014 with the Miami Dolphins. Ola has played in 26 career NFL games, starting 19. In addition to the Bills and Miami Dolphins, Ola has spent time with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. Ola, 28, is a native of Riverdale, Georgia.

The Bills also announced that the team has released T William Poehls.


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Bills add K Marshall Morgan to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 11, 2016 – 10:25 am

The Bills made an addition to their practice squad Tuesday. They announced the signing of K Marshall Morgan.

Morgan rejoins the Bills after being released by the team on August 1. The 6-3, 194-pound Fort Lauderdale, Florida native finished his collegiate career ranking third all-time at Georgia and in the SEC in scoring with 407 points. Morgan successfully converted 215-of-220 extra point attempts and 64-of-84 field goal attempts—including a career-long 56-yarder at Tennessee in 2013.

 


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Bills add TE to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2016 – 8:30 am

More shuffling on the practice squad for the Bills on Wednesday.

Buffalo signed TE Manasseh Garner to the team’s practice squad. Garner rejoins the Bills after spending time on the Bills practice squad at the end of the 2015 season. The 6-2, 239-pound tight end played at both Pittsburgh and Wisconsin during his collegiate career.

In total, Garner appeared in 43 career collegiate games, with 14 starts, while accumulating 52 receptions for 637 yards and five touchdowns. Garner originally entered the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 


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Bills make practice squad add

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2016 – 3:00 pm

The Bills made a move on their practice squad Monday. Buffalo signed OT William Poehls.

A 6-8, 334-pound Montana product, Poehls (pronounced Pales) originally entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans. He has spent time on the Titans practice squad since entering the league. Poehls, 25, is a native of Chandler, Arizona.

To make room on the practice squad for Poehls the Bills released OT Chris Martin.

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Bills sign LB Albright to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on September 16, 2016 – 5:50 pm

The Bills announced that the team has signed LB Bryson Albright to the team’s practice squad.

Albright rejoins the Bills after being released by the team on September 15. He made the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, but was moved off the roster to make room for a shortage of players on the offensive line over the weekend when Gabe Ikard was promoted to the 53-man roster.

A 6-5, 225-pound Miami (OH) product, Albright played in 48 career games as a RedHawk, making 35 starts as a defensive end while recording 180 tackles, 19.0 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss. Albright earned second-team All-MAC honors in 2015 after tallying 7.0 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss on the season. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio.


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Bills thinking O-line with practice squad move

Posted by Chris Brown on September 13, 2016 – 9:35 am

The Bills made a move on their practice squad to address their potential shortage at offensive tackle if Cordy Glenn can’t play Thursday night.

Buffalo brought back offensive tackle Chris Martin who was with the team in training camp and moved cornerback Doran Grant off the practice squad to make room.

If Glenn is unavailable Thursday night there’s a very good chance Chris Martin is called up to the 53-man roster to serve as the swing tackle behind Cyrus Kouandjio and Jordan Mills.


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Bills practice squad now at max of 10

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2016 – 1:35 pm

The Bills finally have their practice squad completely filled, but it did not come without some shuffling.

Buffalo signed TE Gerald Christian and DT Deandre Coleman to the team’s practice squad Wednesday, but had to move CB Damian Parms off to make room for one of them.

So the practice squad looks like this as of today.

TE Gerald Christian
DT DeAndre Coleman
LB Carlos Fields
K Jordan Gay
CB Doran Grant
WR Matt Hazel
G Gabe Ikard
WR Dezmin Lewis
CB Marcus Roberson
DE Max Valles

 


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Bills go heavy at CB with practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on September 7, 2016 – 9:13 am

With the signing of CB Marcus Roberson and CB Damian Parms, in addition to LB Carlos Fields Tuesday, Buffalo has just one vacancy left on their 10-man practice squad. Position-wise however, it’s clear that cornerback was a priority. Here’s a look at the position breakdown for Buffalo’s practice squad.

CB – 3 – Doran Grant, Damian Parms, Marcus Roberson
With just five cornerbacks on the roster a long-term injury could prompt the Bills to call one of these three up to the active roster in short order.

WR – 2 – Matt Hazel, Dezmin Lewis
Buffalo just added a sixth receiver to the roster in Brandon Tate on Tuesday, though he’s primarily seen as a return man. If one of their outside wideouts goes down, Lewis figures to be the call-up.

LB – 1 – Carlos Fields
An inside linebacker, Fields will be a call-up consideration should injury strike at that position.

DE – 1 – Max Valles
Valles is more of an outside linebacker than a defensive end, as he’s listed, in Buffalo’s 3-4 scheme. In fact that’s where he lined up for all of training camp and the preseason.

G – 1 – Gabe Ikard
Ikard is a true guard and is the likely call-up should swing guard Ryan Groy be pressed into the starting lineup due to an injury to starters Richie Incognito or John Miller.

K – 1 – Jordan Gay
As previously mentioned on this page, having Gay on the practice squad gives them the option to call the kickoff specialist up in a given week if they determine he offers the best advantage against a certain kick return unit. In fact with Devin Hester just signed by the Ravens, that might be a consideration this week.

 


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Bills add S Dowling to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 23, 2015 – 10:02 am

With spots to spare on their practice squad, Buffalo added S Jonathan Dowling on Wednesday.

Dowling originally entered the NFL in 2014 as a seventh round pick (247th overall) of the Oakland Raiders. Dowling appeared in seven games during his rookie campaign for the Raiders. In addition to the Raiders, the 6-3, 190-pound Western Kentucky product has spent time on the Miami Dolphins practice squad. Dowling, 23, is a native of Bradenton, Florida.


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Bills add QB Dysert to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2015 – 4:36 pm

Buffalo made a second addition to their practice squad Tuesday. The Bills signed free agent QB Zac Dysert.

Dysert originally entered the NFL in 2013 as a seventh round pick (234th overall) with the Denver Broncos. In addition to Detroit, the 6-3, 221-pound Miami (OH) product has spent time with the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans. Dysert produced a school-record 12,678 yards of total offense (12,013 passing, 665 rushing) as a four-year starter in his time at Miami. Dysert, 25, is a native of Ada, Ohio.

 


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Bills add TE to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2015 – 9:35 am

A day after seeing practice TE Marcel Jensen signed away by Washington to their active roster, Buffalo replaced Jensen with another tight end.

The Bills announced that the signing of TE Jacob Maxwell to the team’s practice squad.

Maxwell (6-4, 240) originally entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Lions. The  Louisiana-Lafayette product has spent time with the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins. Maxwell appeared in 50 games during his collegiate career, catching 36 passes for 377 yards and six touchdowns. Maxwell, 24, is a native of Slidell, Louisiana.


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Bills practice squad eligibility list

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2014 – 3:56 pm

With the new rules expanding the Bills practice squad from eight to 10 players and allowing players with up to two accrued NFL seasons to serve on a practice squad here’s a breakdown of the players who are eligible from Buffalo’s roster.

The first list identifies what players are eligible under the original designation of practice squad player. These are the players who could make up the first eight spots.

QB – Dennis Dixon

RB – Ronnie Wingo

WR – Caleb Holley, Chris Summers, Sammy Watkins

TE – Dominique Jones

OL – Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio, Macky MacPherson, Antoine McClain, Cyril Richardson, J.J. ‘Unga, Jared Wheeler

DE – Ike Igbinosun, Bryan Johnson, Jacquies Smith

DT – Stefan Charles, Damien Jacobs

LBs – Xavius Boyd, Preston Brown, Jimmy Gaines, Randell Johnson, Ty Powell 

CBs – Ross Cockrell, Sam Miller, Bobby Felder, Kamaal McIlwain

 S – Derek Brim, Deon Broomfield, JaJuan Harley, Kenny Ladler, Jonathan Meeks

K/P – Jake Dombrowski, Dustin Hopkins

This second list is the group of players who could fill the two spots on the practice squad by having two accrued NFL seasons or being active for less than nine regular season games in any of their accrued NFL seasons.

QB – EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel

RB/FB – Bryce Brown, Evan Rodriguez, Frank Summers

WR – Marquise Goodwin,  T.J. Graham, Chris Hogan, Naaman Roosevelt, Robert Woods

TE – Chris Gragg

OL – Cordy Glenn, Chris Hairston

 DT – Corbin Bryant

 LBs –  Kiko Alonso, Nigel Bradham

CBs – Ron Brooks, Stephon Gilmore, Nickell Robey

S – Duke Williams


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Bills add 2 to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on December 18, 2012 – 4:32 pm

With LB Greg Lloyd and WR Chris Hogan called up to the Croce roster here are the two players the Bills signed to the practice squad to take their place.

Buffalo signed WR Kevin Elliott and LB Brian Smith to the practice squad.

Elliott entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Jacksonville in May. The 6-3, 205-pound Florida A&M product caught 10 passes for 108 yards in 13 games with the Jaguars before being released on December 15th. He will wear No. 18.

Smith entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Cleveland in 2011 and saw action in two games with the Browns in his rookie season. The 6-3, 240-pound Notre Dame product spent the 2012 training camp with Tampa Bay. He will wear No. 58.


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Bills that are practice squad eligible

Posted by Chris Brown on August 26, 2012 – 7:00 am

With roster reductions taking place this week, a factor in some of that decision making is the practice squad eligibility of players. Here are the players on Buffalo’s roster that still have practice squad eligibility.

WR Kamar Aiken
G/C Mark Asper
LB Nigel Bradham
CB Ron Brooks
RB Zac Brown
LB Tank Carder
OT James Carmon
TE Mike Caussin (on Active/PUP)
FB/TE Dorin Dickerson
WR Marcus Easley
DE Robert Eddins
DE Sean Ferguson
DL Jarron Gilbert
CB Stephon Gilmore
OT Cordy Glenn
WR T.J. Graham
CB Isaiah Green
S Delano Howell
CB Prince Miller
DE Kyle Moore
TE Fendi Onobun
K John Potter
P Shawn Powell
DT Jay Ross
S Nick Saenz
OT Zebrie Sanders
WR Derek Session
C David Snow
S Nick Sukay
OL Jake Vermiglio
LB Chris White
OL Keith Williams
OT Sam Young

The following free agent players are eligible to be signed to a Practice Squad:

1. Players who do not have an Accrued Season of free agent credit; or

2. Players who have one or more Accrued Seasons, but who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during each of such Accrued Seasons (Note:  any player who has an Accrued Season during which he was on the Active List for nine or more regular season games is not eligible for the Practice Squad).

A player may serve on a Practice Squad a maximum of three seasons.  However, a player who has served two seasons on a Practice Squad, as defined below, is permitted to serve on a Practice Squad in a third season only if the team by which he is employed that season has 53 players on its Active/Inactive List during the entire period of his employment

The Bills have to reduce their roster to 53 by 9 pm on Friday Aug. 31st.


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