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DL Mace brought back

Posted by Chris Brown on December 10, 2009 – 10:59 am

DL Corey Mace was released on Monday, but is back with the team just not on the 53-man roster.

Just two days after being waived from the 53-man roster, Mace was re-signed to the Bills practice squad.

He had been on the team’s practice squad since the beginning of the season before being called up to the active roster on Nov. 28. Mace appeared in two games, as he played against the Dolphins and Jets the past two weeks, recording an interception in Week 12.

The defensive lineman was waived Monday as the team re-signed Joe Klopfenstein to give the Bills three tight ends on their roster.

The open spot on Buffalo’s eight-man practice squad to re-sign Mace was created when LB Anthony Waters was signed by the New Orleans Saints.

Waters had been on the Bills practice squad since Oct. 14. He had been a free agent signee of the Saints this past offseason, but did not make their opening day roster.

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TE Klopfenstein back

Posted by Chris Brown on December 7, 2009 – 11:00 am

The Bills have re-signed TE Joe Klopfenstein.

Klopfenstein was released by the club prior to the Bills Week 12 game against the Dolphins due to a shortage at defensive tackle because of injury.

Corey Mace was promoted from the practice squad. Mace now has been waived to create the roster spot for Klopfenstein. Buffalo now has three tight ends on the roster again.

Mace will presumably be re-signed to the team’s practice squad provided he clears waivers.

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Mace jersey number

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2009 – 1:17 pm

Corey Mace, who the Bills just promoted to the active roster, will be wearing jersey number 75.

My concern is this promotion could in response to the anticipated availability of Marcus Stroud. He’s listed as questionable and practiced for the first time on Friday.

But this roster move to add a DT for Sunday’s game might mean how much he’ll be able to play could be limited. We’ll find out on game day.

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Parrish and Nelson left practice due to illness

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2009 – 2:24 am

Both Shawn Nelson and Roscoe Parrish left practice due to illness. Head coach Dick Jauron is concerned a virus might be working its way through the locker room.

Corey Mace also left practice early, but the reasons for his early departure were not disclosed.

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Jersey numbers for Mace and Spann

Posted by Chris Brown on August 1, 2009 – 2:14 pm

Corey Mace is wearing jersey number 75 and Antwain Spann is wearing jersey number 36.

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DL Corey Mace not tendered

Posted by Chris Brown on February 27, 2009 – 3:05 pm

Lost in the shuffle of all the RFA tenders and players re-signed was the fact that exclusive rights player Corey Mace was not tendered. The former undrafted defensive lineman is now a street free agent and able to negotiate with any NFL club on a new contract.

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My picks for roster openings

Posted by Chris Brown on December 17, 2008 – 2:56 pm

The Bills are soon to have two vacant roster spots on their 53-man roster with James Hardy expected to be placed on injured reserve shortly and Aaron Schobel’s roster spot still open.

Assuming the Bills pro personnel staff doesn’t see anything more appealing on the waiver wire or on the street, here are the two players I wouldn’t mind seeing on the 53-man roster for the final two games of the season.

1. WR Felton Huggins – Huggins had his strongest training camp this past summer. Still young at the receiver position, Huggins has come a long way with coverage recognition and route running. Blessed with height (6’2″) and speed (4.4 40-time) I wouldn’t mind seeing him get an opportunity the final two Sundays of the season.

I believe if it’s not Huggins it will be fellow WR C.J. Hawthorne who has been impressive in the practice setting.

2. DL Marcus Smith – At the time he was added to the practice squad in midseason, the Bills already had depth on the defensive line, but the personnel staff thought so much of Smith they wanted to get an extended look at him. I’d like to get more of a look myself. At 6’4″ and 295, Smith appears to be more of a defensive tackle. Buffalo has four DTs on their roster already as Corey Mace replaced the I-R’d John McCargo.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Smith switching off with Mace for 10-12 snaps a game the last couple of weeks to see what he has to offer. Of course that’s provided they can make the game day roster work that way.

It’s pretty clear the marriage between McCargo and the Bills will be over this offseason, so why not see if there’s a potential replacement sitting on your practice squad already. The organization seems to like Mace, but taking a look at Smith can’t hurt either.

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Why Mace was added to the roster

Posted by Chris Brown on December 6, 2008 – 5:11 pm

The Bills were facing a shorthanded situation on the D-line Sunday with Chris Ellis (now on I-R) and Copeland Bryan both listed as questionable for the game.

With Ellis now out Spencer Johnson will get snaps at both end and D-tackle. But that would have left Kyle Williams and Marcus Stroud as the only other D-tackles and with Buffalo’s linemen used to a heavy rotation they’d likely be gassed by the 4th quarter if they didn’t have another guy.

Mace can play at end and tackle much like Johnson so the Bills should be ok at both spots now even if Bryan can’t play the whole game with his foot injury.

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Shortage at end?

Posted by Chris Brown on December 5, 2008 – 5:40 pm

With Copeland Bryan and Chris Ellis both questionable and participating only on a limited basis in practice this week, Buffalo could enter the game with just two defensive ends Sunday.

Spencer Johnson can kick out and play some end to give both Kelsay and Denney a break, but they only have three defensive tackles counting Johnson.

If there are only six defensive linemen on Sunday Buffalo’s rotational scheme might require a roster move. Corey Mace would be the likely call up in such a situation, should Bryan and Ellis be unable to play.

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