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Roster move

Posted by Chris Brown on January 2, 2010 – 12:44 pm

Player number 20 has just gone on injured reserve for the Bills.

S Todd Johnson was placed on I-R with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last two games.

Replacing him on the roster is LB Ryan Manalac. Manalac was called up from the practice squad where he has spent the last couple of weeks.

Manalac was originally signed midway through training camp in the summer, but did not make the final roster.

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New jersey numbers

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 9:38 am

Newly signed LB Chris Draft and S Todd Johnson have had their jersey numbers assigned to them.

Draft will wear jersey number 52 and Johnson will wear jersey number 35.

Practice squad LB Anthony Waters will wear #50.

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Practice squad swap

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 9:32 am

In addition to signing Chris Draft and Todd Johnson to the active roster, Buffalo also added a linebacker to the practice squad.

The Bills signed free agent LB Anthony Waters.

Waters (6’3” 238) was a free agent signing of the New Orleans Saints this past offseason after playing his first two seasons in San Diego where he saw action primarily on special teams. The outside linebacker however, was part of the Saints’ final cuts in early September.

The former third-round pick (2007) has appeared in seven career games, and seeing him in the building yesterday, the guy passes the eyeball test. He’s put together. I’d imagine that Bills scout Buddy Nix, who was with the Chargers when Waters was drafted had some input in bringing him in.

To make room for him on the eight-man practice squad for Waters the Bills waived linebacker Marcus Freeman, who spent about three weeks with the club.

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Draft and Johnson know defense

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 9:25 am

Chris Draft and Todd Johnson, who signed today, are two veteran players that the coaches won’t have to worry about.

With so much youth at linebacker Draft will be a wealth of experience at the position. I’m anticipating that he’ll be backing up Keith Ellison at MLB while he gets up to speed. Then when Poz comes back Draft will remain the backup MLB and Ellison will return to his strong side position. He’s also familiar with the defensive system having been in versions of it in St. Louis.

By signing Johnson, Nic Harris can now re-focus his efforts on linebacker after practicing at safety the past two weeks due to the shortage there. Johnson knows the defensive system inside and out having played it under Perry Fewell in Chicago and he most recently played it in St. Louis.

Veteran players that know the system are important to have when you’ve been short handed on bodies. The interesting thing here is the Bills now have six safeties on the roster. Whitner, Scott, Byrd, Wendling, Wilson and now Johnson. Five is a high number, six is unusual. But the Bills are in an unusual injury circumstance.

It will be interesting to see what Bryan Scott is able to do today with respect to practice. He had a workout with trainers on Tuesday as did Donte Whitner. Both were optimistic about playing Sunday. We’ll have the practice update for you here right around noon.

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Safety possibilities

Posted by Chris Brown on October 1, 2009 – 1:40 pm

According to the National Football Post, the Bills worked out three safeties this week.

Former Raiders safety Stuart Schweigert, former Bears and Rams safety Todd Johnson and former Broncos safety Vernon Fox were all at One Bills Drive this week according to NFP.

Schweigert has the most playing experience with 42 career starts. Johnson is a seven-year vet who is familiar with the defensive scheme having played in Chicago and St. Louis where similar systems are run. And Fox is another seven-year vet who started three games last year for Denver.

It looks like an experienced player is what the Bills would be interested in should another safety go down to injury. I don’t anticipate anyone being signed this week.

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