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Bills add five to practice squad

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills announced the following five players have been added to their practice squad:

    • Guard Mark Asper    
    • Defensive end Jamie Blatnick
    • Defensive end Izaan Cross
    • Quarterback Thad Lewis
    • Wide receiver Tommy Streeter

Asper, 27, a 6-foot-7, 325-pounder Oregon product re-joins the organization that originally selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After being cut by the Bills at the end of training camp last year, he spent time on the 53-man rosters of the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Streeter, 23, is a big, fast target at wide receiver, at 6-5, 215 pounds. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, and spent the season on injured reserve because of a left ankle and foot injury. He played his college ball at Miami, making 62 catches for 967 yards and nine touchdowns in 30 games (nine starts).

Blatnick, 24, was one of the Bills' final cuts Saturday. He joined the team in the offseason as a free agent. The 6-3, 253-pounder from Oklahoma State spent a portion of the 2012 season on the Denver Broncos' practice squad.

Cross, 22, was also part of the Bills' cuts to 53. The undrafted free agent out of Georgia Tech made 41 starts in college for the Yellow Jackets.

Lewis, who was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Lions last week for linebacker Chris White, was released by the team Saturday.

The Bills still have three available spots on their practice squad, and two spots on the 53-man roster. 


Izaan Cross | Jamie Blatnick | Mark Asper | Tommy Streeter
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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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