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Bills add RB Murphy to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 6, 2017 – 10:55 am

The Bills made a move on their practice squad Monday signing RB Marcus Murphy.

Murphy, 26, a former seventh-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2015, was most recently on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He’s also spent time on the Jets practice squad and with the Saints his first two NFL seasons.

The 5-8, 193-pound back has seen most of his time on special teams and has return experience.

To make room for him on the roster, the Bills released OL Will Pericak.


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Bills sign TE Jason Croom to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on November 1, 2017 – 4:20 pm

The Bills made a roster move on their practice squad Saturday. 

Buffalo signed TE Jason Croom. The 6-4, 246-pound Tennessee product was originally signed by the Bills an undrafted rookie back in May. 

He was waived-injured by the team on Aug. 20th, but was eligible to re-sign with the team now that he’s healthy. 

To make room on the practice squad for Croom, the Bills released TE Ryan O’Malley, who was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 10th. 


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Fan Friday 10-20

Posted by Chris Brown on October 20, 2017 – 12:18 pm

Coming off the bye, the Bills have three of their next four games at home. Time to roll up some ‘W’s. Here are your questions on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills and email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1 – @ChrisBrownBills

What are the chances McCoy breaks out Sunday?

Billscentral
@JonKyser

CB: The chances are very good as I see it. Tampa Bay is giving up over 400 yards a game. They have the 30th ranked third down defense. They’ve given up the fifth-most points in the red zone (101) and have played just five games. On the road they’re even worse giving up 500 yards per game. So I’m feeling good about a McCoy breakout Sunday.

 

2 – @ChrisBrownBills

How many new special teamers are on the roster this year? Would love to see more Brandon Tate in the offense catching & scoring!!

Steph Go Bills!
@Steph49314851

CB: There’s a host of new players to the special teams units this year.

Andre Holmes, Taiwan Jones, Tanner Vallejo, Matt Milano, Joe Webb, Eddie Yarbrough, Ryan Davis, Deon Lacey, Shareece Wright, Shamarko Thomas, Trae Elston and Stephen Hauschka. That’s just off the top of my head.

It’ll be interesting to see what this week’s addition of Deonte Thompson means. Will he see more time on offense or special teams? Where he’s utilized figures to directly impact where Tate sees his playing time, though after a 40-yard punt return in Buffalo’s last game I anticipate seeing Tate on punt returns.

 

3 – @ChrisBrownBills

All I’ve been hearing are positives about WR Deonte Thompson. Think he’ll make an impact?

Rick McGuire
@mclennon99

CB: His strengths are gaining consistent separation in his routes and blocking in the run game. I’ll maintain that an overlooked part of Buffalo’s rushing success last year was the job turned in by Buffalo’s receivers when it comes to blocking downfield. Thompson is an underrated player in this area.

I think that quality alone will get him on the field this Sunday against Tampa Bay.

 

 

4 – @ChrisBrownBills

Why hasn’t Groy been given a shot at RG?

Brent Seybolt
@bseybolt11

CB: Coach McDermott was asked about Groy this week and he said that he’s in the mix for the right guard spot. But based on his answer my hunch is the coaching staff sees Groy as their backup center and swing guard in the event of an injury.

I think if Groy is a starter at guard, the staff is concerned that they’re exposing both their starting and backup center to injury. There really is no other guy on the roster that can handle the pivot spot as effectively as Wood and Groy. So it’s my belief that it’s a risk-reward thing.

If they don’t believe Groy is demonstrably better at guard than Miller or Ducasse, they likely see it better to have Groy as a healthy backup for center and at guard in an emergency.

 

 

5 – @ChrisBrownBills

Did Bills offer Mabin a PS contract and go with Seamster when turned down? I thought Mabin had potential.

Parasauralophus
@lophus89

CB: I know the Bills wanted to bring Mabin back by signing him to the practice squad. What you have to remember is when a player is released they’re a free agent and can make their own decisions. Mabin obviously decided San Francisco was a better option for him.

I don’t know that I agree with him. This defensive scheme is a good fit for him and with only four corners on the active roster he’s one injury away from being back on the 53. So his decision was peculiar to say the least.

 


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Bills release S Stewart from practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2017 – 9:15 am

The Bills have created a vacancy on their practice squad. Buffalo released safety Orion Stewart on Friday.

Stewart was an undrafted rookie signing of the Denver Broncos this past spring, but didn’t make their final roster. Stewart had been with the Bills since Week 1.


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DE Eric Lee signed to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2017 – 11:15 am

DE Eric Lee has been signed back to the bills practice squad on Thursday.

He was promoted off the practice squad last week for the game against the Falcons and then was released from the 53 man roster earlier this week. Buffalo had a vacancy available on their 10-man practice squad.


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CB Mabin signed to practice squad

Posted by Chris Brown on September 14, 2017 – 10:15 am

He was an active roster casualty when the Bills signed free agent LB Jelani Jenkins earlier this week, but CB Greg Mabin is back with the club.

Buffalo signed Mabin to their practice squad on Thursday. To make room on their 10-man practice squad, the Bills released TE MyCole Pruitt.


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Bills add practice squad LB

Posted by Chris Brown on December 14, 2016 – 2:50 pm

The Bills announced that the team has signed DE Greg Townsend Jr. to the team’s practice squad.

Townsend, a 6-2, 258-pound USC product, originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders in 2016. Townsend played four years at USC, playing in 32 games with 15 starts, totaling 68 career tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Townsend, 24, is a native of Los Angeles, California.


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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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