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Words from The Turk: Don't get comfy, 53

By Tim Graham

On the night teams had to reduce their rosters to 53 players, The Turk gets the final word.

"Players who made it through the initial cuts, they'll exhale," said an unidentified Turk who spoke on the condition of anonymity for a story that depicted his role in beckoning those who don't make the team.

Reserves still on the roster today shouldn't feel comfortable yet. Hundred of players were released today around the league. Some are free agents. Most must go through waivers, allowing other teams to claim them by noon Saturday.

"The waiver wire comes out, and the team wants to pick up a guy," The Turk said. "Well, you have to release somebody.

"You think you made it, but maybe eight hours later you're going to get cut. That's almost worse than the shock of not making final cuts."

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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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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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