The Buffalo Bills added a pair of former South Florida Bulls to their practice squad Tuesday, signing offensive lineman Marc Dile and cornerback Trae Williams.
Dile joins Buffalo after being released by Tampa Bay on Sept. 5. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Buccaneers in 2009. He spent the first five weeks of that season as an inactive, and the final final 11 weeks on the practice squad. While at USF, he played in 51 games (second most in school history) and made 36 starts.
Williams also joins the Bills after being released from Tampa Bay on Sept. 5. He was a fifth-round pick (159th) overall by Jacksonville in 2008. He was released by the Jaguars prior to the start of that season and spent 2008 on Philadelphia's practice squad. Williams also spent time on Seattle's practice squad last season before signing to Pittsburgh's 53-man roster on Dec. 29, 2009.
A 5-foot-10, 195-pounder, Williams had 16 interceptions for USF (second in school history) and holds records for interception return yards (219) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (four).
Are the Bills a national laughingstock? Well, maybe. Stevie Johnson's dropped pass and subsequent tweets were mentioned in Monday night's monologues by both Jay Leno (NBC) and Jimmy Kimmel (ABC), according to transcripts compiled at Sportsbusinessdaily.com.
Said Leno: "How about the Buffalo Bills? Just minutes after Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson dropped the game winning pass in the end zone, he went on Twitter and blamed God. … Hey, he thought God made him drop the pass. The Buffalo Bills are 2-9. God gave up on the Bills a long time ago."
Kimmel: "The Bills lost to the Steelers in overtime thanks primarily to a pass wide receiver Steve Johnson dropped in the end zone. … After the game, he lashed out on Twitter at who? At God. That's right. He said, 'I praise you 24/7!!!!!! And this how you do me!!!!! You expect me to learn from this??? How???!!! I'll never forget this!! Ever!!! Thx tho…' God tweeted back, 'LOL' and 'It's all good.' I got news for you: God doesn't tweet. God's thumbs are too big to tweet. By the way, if God cared about you at all, he wouldn't have you playing for the Bills."
Former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter has never been one to hold back his opinion, especially when it comes to young guys who play his position.
So it was no surprise the future Hall of Famer had plenty to say about Stevie Johnson's dropped touchdown pass in overtime during the Bills' 19-16 loss to the Steelers.
Carter suggested on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning on Monday that Johnson's miscues (he had five drops in the game) were tied to him spending too much time basking in the glory of all the national media attention he received last week.
"Steve Johnson's great game that he had against Cincinnati, and then we had him on ESPN Monday Night [Countdown] in the 'C'mon Man' [segment] as far as him coming to the press conference in his tank top T-shirt. And he was on a lot of shows on ESPN. One thing that he doesn't realize you have to be focused every week. So he didn't drop that ball [Sunday], he dropped that ball last Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday where he kept talking about last week's game.
"This is a game of unbelievable focus, and catching the football is a skill. But it's still not a skill that you can use if you're not focused. And a young player, that's why they go up and down, week after week because they really can't handle success. And you really have to move on. The old cliche, 'Well, we're going to concentrate on next week's game,' if you want to be great in this league, you have to be consistent week after week, and you have to be able to control your emotions and control the hype that surrounds you."
Whether Johnson's lost focus on the dropped balls was due to the national publicity is worth debating. Sometimes it can be a good thing for a young guy to be brought down a peg when he's flying so high. It's a good way to keep them grounded.
We'll see how Johnson responds now that the attention he's getting is not very positive.
Bills coach Chan Gailey said defensive end Dwan Edwards will be out "a while" with a hamstring injury suffered Sunday against Pittsburgh.
"He's not doing well," Gailey said. "It's going to be a while. And don't ask me what the 'a while' is, but it will be longer than shorter."
Gailey didn't rule out injured reserve as an option for Edwards.
"I don't know. It'll be close," he said.
Linebacker Reggie Torbor also suffered a shoulder injury against the Steelers.
"We've got to wait and see how bad that is. They're [team doctors] are doing more tests," Gailey said.
Gailey also spoke about cornerback Terrence McGee's availability for the rest of the season. McGee had surgery earlier this season to correct a nerve problem behind his knee, and has struggled to stay healthy since. McGee missed Sunday's game.
"Let me answer that more later this week. They're [team doctors] doing a lot more tests. They're looking at it a lot closer. I think I'll have a better idea toward the end of the week where his status is short term and long term," Gailey said.
Guard Eric Wood also will be re-evaluated this week after missing Sunday's game and has a chance to play against the Vikings, Gailey said.
The Bills did get some good injury news Monday, as Gailey expects rookie running back C.J. Spiller and defensive end Spencer Johnson to return this week from their respective hamstring injuries.
Bills coach Chan Gailey said today that receiver Stevie Johnson did attend team meetings a day after his dropped pass cost the team a chance to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Johnson's emotional display following the game and a tweet he sent shortly thereafter, in which he questioned God about the drop, have since become a national topic of conversation. Here's the full audio from Gailey.
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson's explanation of his now-infamous tweet will have to wait.
Johnson was not in the locker room today during the time media members are permitted in (from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.). In case you missed it, Johnson's tweet following his drop of a potential game-winning touchdown Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers has made national news.
The tweet read: "I praise you 24/7!!!!!! And this how you do me!!!! You expect me to learn from this??? How ???!!! I'll never forget this!! Ever!!! Thx tho ..."
Since then, it's been discussed on "The View" and blogs across the country. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and fellow receiver Lee Evans discussed Johnson's mental state today. Their comments are below:
Bills coach Chan Gailey will address the media at 4 p.m. I'll post audio from that interview just as soon as I can.
Here's a few audio interviews following the Bills' 19-16 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers today in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Some of the most interesting comments came from receiver Stevie Johnson in regards to his drop of a would-be touchdown.