The team announced they have cut the following: DT Dwan Edwards, WR Marcus Easley, LB Tank Carder, WR Naaman Roosevelt, WR Derek Hagan, DE/DT Jarron Gilbert, DT Kellen Heard, WR Ruvell Martin, OL Mark Asper, DE Robert Eddins, LB Scott McKillop, HB Johnny White, OL Keith Williams, WR Kamar Aiken, TE Kevin Brock, HB Zach Brown, OL James Carmon, CB Isaiah Green, S Nick Saenz, OL David Snow and P Shawn Powell.
That put the Bills at 54 players, and to get themselves down to the 53-man limit, the team announced rookie offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders has been placed on I-R.
With the cuts, some of the notable bubble players that made the roster are: QB Tyler Thigpen, HB Tashard Choice, FB/TE Dorin Dickerson, OL Sam Young, OL Colin Brown, DT Alex Carrington, LB Kirk Morrison, LB Chris White, S Delano Howell and K John Potter.
--Carrington beats both Gilbert and Eddins on the D-line
--Chris White makes the team
--Obviously the QB and WR situation as previously discussed
--Potter makes the team as an extra specialist
--Sanders goes on IR, allows Young to make the team.
Young probably outplayed Sanders anyways.
Love seeing Howell make the team. He really stood out to me in TC/preseason. Good to have that extra depth.
Well, he has to clear waivers, but yeah, they could sign him to the practice squad if no other team picks him up.
There's almost no chance Carder doesn't get picked up. Even if he makes it to the practice squad, he'll get taken off it by another team sometime this season (unless injuries get him a call from us in the first week or so)
As Buffalo News colleague Mark Gaughan noticed in the locker room, five players who were cut Friday still have stalls. That likely means wide receivers Marcus Easley and Kamar Aiken, center Mark Asper, defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert and defensive back Isaiah Green are ticketed for the practice squad if no other team picks them up.
Rookie cornerback Ron Brooks is in a walking boot after foot surgery. Gailey confirmed the fourth-round draft pick is a candidate for the NFL's new injured-reserve rule that allows teams to bring players back after eight weeks. To qualify, those players must be on the 53-man roster by Sept. 4 and be designated in advance as a player to return. Previously, any player who went to IR was done for the season.
Gailey said cornerback Terrence McGee's knee is feeling well enough that they expect him to practice Monday.
Here's hoping it's the last setback for McGee. I'd feel a lot better about our secondary knowing McGee is back there.
Also interesting to note is that the other 3 teams in our division made moves for WRs. The Jets picked up a no-name Dolphins castoff (really, if you aren't good enough for the Dolphins and their ridiculously weak WR corps...). The Patriots made a trade to get Greg Salas from the Rams. The Dolphins picked up Anthony Armstrong, formerly of the Redskins.
Will be interesting to see if the Bills grab a receiver and free up the roster spot by putting Brooks on the return-IR.
Also interesting that they didn't think Tank Carder was a practice squad candidate.
I've read up a bit on Dickerson. He was a consensus top 5 TE in 2010 along with Gresham, Gronkowski, Graham, and Hernandez. That's one of the best TE classes ever. I totally forgot about him, but hopefully he can develop under Gailey.
Let's be honest, yes his name is TANK but he's not a beast. He couldn't even make the roster that kept 7 deep at LB. I've read he was constantly out of position and couldn't pick up the defense.
Nearly any defense in college can run a position as a "bandit," meaning they have no responsibility other than going to the football. Carder did a lot of that at TCU.
Wannstedt's defense requires the linebackers to fill a gap. It's not an easy thing to be instinctive and remain true to the defense. I think Buffalo would've liked to put Carder on the practice squad, but Cleveland's a good fit for him. Jauron runs a cover two defense that allows a linebacker to play in space.
You have a lot of question marks at every position besides QB.
Ray Rice and Turner are nice but why is everyone so in love with Murray? (vastly
Don't expect a jump in stats for Green/Johnson/Wallace..... Llyod should get you some production.
Interesting. I thought RBs was my strong point. Ray Rice and Murray starting, and using turner as my flex.
I though mike vick was a risky pick up. We'll see how it goes with him.
I agree on receivers. I really wanted hakeem nicks, too, but he got picked right before my pick. Aj green and mike wallace will be my starters. I'm hoping for a strong season from lloyd. In case wallace faulters. I don't like Pittsburghs o line issues, and there's a lot of competition in their receiving core.
Vick is an injury waiting to happen. Hes got lucky twice so far.
Romeo can be solid but he can be awful too. Very inconsistent but has the tools.
Romo is solid though for fantasy.
Sometimes, QBs that make you go "huh" in the real world tend to do well for fantasy. Mark Sanchez was actually fairly productive in fantasy because he got TDs and decent yardage. Even though his INTs ate into it, he got enough TDs that overall his point total was very good. As long as you look at the matchups and avoid duds (like when he played the Ravens last year), you can definitely get decent points out of him.
Drew Brees, NO QB
Fred Jackson, Buf RB
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cin RB
Greg Jennings, GB WR
Denarius Moore, Oak WR
Antonio Gates, SD TE
Cedric Benson, GB RB
Bills D/ST D/ST
Matt Prater, Den K
Sam Bradford, StL QB
Carson Palmer, Oak QB
Rob Bironas, Ten K
Kendall Wright, Ten WR
Greg Olsen, Car TE
Cardinals D/ST D/ST
Giants D/ST D/ST
Pretty stoked about my Runningback Core and having Brees. My Defense is questionable, I might start NYG. I also am happy about my kicking game. My WR core and TE's though aren't the best.
The Giants D was sitting there, I can't believe it. Last round I decided to grab it over grabbing Steve Breaston or Mercedes Lewis.