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Bills claim former Jets linebacker Marcus Dowtin off waivers

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine apparently liked what he saw from linebacker Marcus Dowtin as a member of the New York Jets.

The Bills today claimed Dowtin off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Dowtin started his NFL career last year under Pettine, then the Jets' defensive coordinator. Dowtin, an undrafted rookie out of North Alabama, spent time on the practice squad but eventually was promoted and played in three games for the Jets.

The Eagles signed Dowtin to a futures contract on Dec. 31. But new head coach Chip Kelly has been tweaking the roster and released him Thursday.

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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

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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.

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