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Bills work 3 tryout players in practice

Posted by Chris Brown on June 17, 2014 – 4:50 pm

The Bills had virtually the entire roster on hand for the first mandatory minicamp at practice. They also had three tryout players participating on Tuesday.

Buffalo had a pair of cornerbacks and a wide receiver participating in practice Tuesday. They had WR Tori Gurley from South Carolina, CB Sam Miller from Florida International and CB Kamaal McIlwain from Newberry College. They wore jersey numbers 17, 39 and 42.

 


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Bills roster still has room

Posted by Chris Brown on April 18, 2013 – 5:20 pm

With the signing of five tryout players by the Bills, Buffalo’s roster is fast approaching the 90-man offseason roster limit, but there’s still a bit of room.

Buffalo now has 70 players on their roster counting Jairus Byrd, who has yet to sign his franchise tender. Under the new CBA the offseason roster limit is 90, but unsigned players count toward that total.

That would leave the team with 20 vacant spots on their roster. Buffalo has six draft choices and would presumably also add some undrafted rookie free agents after the draft.

Draft choices even if unsigned count against Buffalo’s roster. Under the old CBA unsigned draft choices did not count toward the offseason roster total.


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Rookie minicamp participants

Posted by Chris Brown on May 11, 2012 – 9:12 am

Here’s a rundown of who is participating in this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

We’ll have you covered on the happenings this weekend on Buffalobills.com. First-year players are listed at the top, followed by the rookies (draft picks and undrafted signings). The players with red jerseys (R) are tryout players here for the weekend as they make an effort to earn a spot on the offseason roster.

1st year players
87 – Kevin Brock – TE – 2011 practice squad
93 – Jay Ross – DT – 2011 practice squad
62 – Jake Vermiglio – G – 2011 practice squad
68 – Keith Williams – G – 2011 practice squad
69 – Mike Jasper – G – 2011 practice squad

Draft choices and undrafteds
3 – John Potter – K – Western Michigan 
6 – Shawn Powell – P – Florida State 
7 – Aaron Corp – QB – Richmond 
11 – T.J. Graham – WR – NC State 
27 – Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina 
33 – Ron Brooks – CB – LSU
35 – Chris Douglas – RB – Missouri State 
36 – Delano Howell – DB – Stanford 
39 – Cris Hill – DB – Virginia Tech 
40 – Garrick Williams – LB – Texas A&M 
41 – Nick Sukay – DB – Penn State 
42 – Ian Wild – DB – Mercyhurst 
45 – Tank Carder – LB – TCU 
53 – Nigel Bradham – LB – Florida State 
61 – David Snow – C – Texas
63 – Mark Asper – OL – Oregon 
66 – Zebrie Sanders – OT – Florida State 
73 – Paul Madsen – OL – Colorado State 
77 – Cordy Glenn – OT – Georgia 

Tryout players (wearing red jerseys – R)
1R Taylor Boggs – C – Humboldt State 
2R Zach Brown – RB – Pittsburgh 
3R Vince Browne – DE – Northwestern 
4R Derek Buttles – TE – Maine 
5R Roddell Carter – WR – Alabama-Birmingham 
6R Nick Clark – LB – Alfred
7R Dominic Cook – DB – Buffalo 
8R Gino Crump – WR – Arizona 
9R Dorin Dickerson – FB – Pittsburgh 
10R Sean Ferguson – DE – Mississippi State 
11R Kevin Fitzpatrick – WR – Marist 
12R Corey Hart – DE – Alabama A&M 
13R Johnny Hollins – DT – Texas Southern 
14R Brian Smith – LB – Notre Dame 
15R Byron Mulkey – DB – Buffalo 
16R Nick Saenz – S – Houston 
17R Derek Session – WR – Maine 
18R Bernard Smith – DE – Louisiana-Lafayette 
19R Alex Tanney – QB – Monmouth College 
20R Jeff Thomas – LB – Indiana
21R Logan Walls – DT – Georgia Tech


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Pair of UB DBs to try out

Posted by Chris Brown on May 8, 2012 – 2:09 pm

The Bills have a couple of local products coming in for the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend.

CB Domonic Cook and CB Byron Mulkey will be practicing with the team’s draft choices Friday-Sunday.

Cook is a former undrafted rookie that was signed by Buffalo last year, but he suffered a season-ending injury the first week of training camp last summer.


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Tryout players with a chance

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2009 – 4:30 pm

Over the weekend there were a few tryout players that I thought stood a decent chance of getting a call back. Dick Jauron, however, surprised me a bit saying that group could number 5 to 10. Here are a handful of players that I thought might have a shot at being back later this month.

QB Cullen Harper – Clemson – The former Tiger had a rough first day and looked like he was trying to show off his arm strength, throwing every pass 100 mph. But he showed some better touch the last two days and was always the first QB through in the three man rotation on reps. I also thought Gary Rogers threw a nice ball.

WR De’Cody Fagg – Florida St. – I may just be a sucker for a good comeback story, but I thought Fagg got better as the weekend wore on. He’s strictly a possession wideout and the Bills have plenty of them, but for a guy coming off major reconstructive knee surgery he made tough catches in traffic and got decent separation at times. He also had sure hands.

WR Alonzo Phillips – Florida International – He didn’t make quite as many plays as Fagg, but he has deep speed as evidenced by his 50-yard touchdown play on Saturday when he got behind sixth-round pick Cary Harris. Again Buffalo has receivers with his skill set on the roster that are far better than him and with that position crowded already getting a call back is far from a lock.

WR Dominique Thompson – William & Mary – I like this guy’s ability to get open. He didn’t make any wow plays, but was consistent and that earned praise from WRs coach Tyke Tolbert more than once over the weekend.

RB Maurice Wells – Ohio St. – A scat back type, Wells had a suddenness to his game that none of the other tryout backs seemed to possess. He knifed through holes quickly and had some wiggle too.

SS Tyrrell Herbert – Toledo – His time on the field may have just been due to numbers, but he got a lot of time with the more highly regarded rookies on defense and appears to move pretty well. He also did a good job scooping up some loose balls on the turf. His only problem is he’s got a slight build and holding up at SS might prove to be an issue.

LB Solomon Elimimian – Hawaii – His weekend got off to a slow start, but he looked to improve each day of the camp and turned in a nice play in 7-on-7 Sunday. The WAC defensive player of the year could hold some promise.

LS Garrison Sanborn – Florida St. – I watched the long snapper for a while on field goal snaps and his delivery is quick and accurate. Long snapping for punts is a different animal, but he appears to be a player worth developing. He’s just going to need to add some size at just 240 pounds.

TE Cody Boyd – Washington St. – At 6’8″ 266, the guy is a giant. He’s also a few years out of school. Though we didn’t get to see him block anywhere but the sled, he moves pretty well for a guy his size. He’s been out of a school a couple of years already, but might be a good in line tight end candidate.


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