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Jeff Tuel remains top backup for now; Matt Flynn scratched

By Tim Graham

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills will stick with Jeff Tuel as their backup quarterback for at least one more week, choosing to deactivate recently signed veteran Matt Flynn for this afternoon's game against the Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium.

All of the scratches are:

Buffalo Bills

  • Quarterback EJ Manuel
  • Quarterback Matt Flynn
  • Guard Antoine McClain
  • Linebacker Ty Powell
  • Cornerback Justin Rogers
  • Cornerback Brandon Burton
  • Cornerback Brandon Smith

Miami Dolphins

  • Quarterback Pat Devlin
  • Running back Michael Gilislee
  • Guard Danny Watkins
  • Guard Dallas Thomas
  • Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe
  • Linebacker Josh Kaddu
  • Cornerback Will Davis

Cornerback depth could become an even bigger concern

By Jay Skurski

Buffalo Bills cornerback Ron Brooks did not speak with the media this morning, but he did make a brief stop in the locker room -- on crutches.

Brooks left Sunday's 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots with a foot injury, coach Doug Marrone said after the game. The second-year man from LSU -- who missed the first half of his rookie season because of a broken foot -- played just 10 defensive snaps, although that had as much to do with his spot on the depth chart as it did the injury.

Rookie undrafted free agent Nickell Robey played ahead of Brooks in the team's nickel package as the third cornerback behind starters Leodis McKelvin and Justin Rogers. Brooks, however, came in on certain dime packages.

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Doug Marrone says replacing Stephon Gilmore a four-player job

By Jay Skurski

When Justin Rogers sat out last week's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions, it was assumed he'd be starting opposite Leodis McKelvin at cornerback in Sunday's season opener against New England in place of the injured Stephon Gilmore.

While that still may be the case, Bills coach Doug Marrone has pumped the brakes on calling Rogers, McKelvin or anyone else on the roster a starter.

"We have four corners that we're rotating through right now depending on what packages and what personnel groups are out there," Marrone said, referring to McKelvin, Rogers, Nickell Robey and Ron Brooks. "We'll make that decision as the week goes on who takes the first snap."

McKelvin and Rogers did line up with the first team Monday at practice. The Bills also claimed Brandon Burton off waivers from Minnesota. Marrone said the team likes Burton's size (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) and ability to play press coverage.

But with less than a week to learn a new defensive scheme, it would seem the Bills will be leaning on McKelvin, Rogers, Brooks and Robey to defend Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense. New England has averaged 40 points per game in their last six against Buffalo, going 5-1 in that time.

"I feel we're going to get great production out of those guys we put out there. Right now we're planning on putting people out there rotating through and getting the same amount of production," Marrone said. "Obviously it’s difficult; Stephon Gilmore is a very good player for us. We have to try to get that same productivity out of a couple of players now rather than what we were getting out of one."

Brandon Burton coming to Bills, as per Brandon Burton

Burton
The Bills have reportedly added former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Brandon Burton to their 53-man roster. (Associated Press)

 

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly filled one of the three holes on their 53-man roster with cornerback Brandon Burton.

While there has been no official announcement from the team, that report comes directly from the player himself, on his verified Twitter page.

Burton, 24, is a former fifth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. He played in 14 games over the past two seasons with the team, including one start, before being released Saturday. Burton, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, played collegiately at Utah.

The Bills now have five healthy cornerbacks on the roster: Burton, Leodis McKelvin, Justin Rogers, Ron Brooks and Nickell Robey. No. 1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore is also on the active roster as he recovers from a broken wrist.

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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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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