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Bills drop 21 players, place Sanders on IR

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills announced they released 21 players and placed rookie tackle Zebrie Sanders, a fifth-round draft choice, on injured reserve.

Here's a quick look at the cuts ...

Running back Zach Brown: Undrafted rookie out of the University of Pittsburgh.

Running back Johnny White: Fifth-round draft pick last year had a dozen carries for 38 yards.

Wide receiver Kamar Aiken: Was on Bills practice squad last season.

Wide receiver Marcus Easley: Third-year pro has yet to play an NFL down because of an injury and heart surgery.

Wide receiver Derek Hagan: Journeyman had 24 catches for 252 yards and one touchdown last year for the Bills and Raiders.

Wide receiver Ruvell Martin: Special-teams contributor had seven catches for 82 yards last year.

Wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt: St. Joe's and UB grad had 16 catches for 257 yards and a touchdown last season.

Tight end Kevin Brock: Has been property of the Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Bears, Raiders, Cowboys and Bills -- since 2009.

Center Mark Asper: Sixth-round draft choice had trouble with assignments.

Guard David Snow: Undrafted rookie from University of Texas.

Guard Keith Williams: Steelers sixth-round draft choice last year was on Bills practice squad in 2011.

Tackle James Carmon: Undrafted rookie from Mississippi State.

Defensive end Robert Eddins: Practice squad player who seemed to have a shot at the roster when the Bills cut Shawne Merriman.

Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards: Ninth-year pro signed as 3-4 defensive end, was too expensive as a backup 4-3 defensive tackle ($4.1 million base salary this year).

Defensive tackle Kellen Heard: Signed off Raiders practice squad in 2010 and played 15 games last season, starting two.

Defensive lineman Jarron Gilbert: Bears 2009 third-round draft choice was signed off the Jets' practice squad last season.

Linebacker Tank Carder: Drafted with the fifth-round pick acquired from Seattle in the Marshawn Lynch trade.

Linebacker Scott McKillop: Former 49ers fifth-round pick didn't play for two seasons because of a knee injury.

Safety Isaiah Green: Undrafted rookie from Fresno State.

Safety Nick Saenz: Undrafted rookie from the University of Houston.

Punter Shawn Powell: Monster leg brought in to compete with incumbent Brian Moorman, but struggled with directional and pooch kicks.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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