October 8, 2013 - 5:17 PM
By Jay Skurski
The Buffalo Bills continued to tweak the bottom of their 53-man roster by signing linebacker Ty Powell and cornerback Brandon Smith. To make room for them, the team released linebacker Marcus Dowtin and cornerback Johnny Adams.
Powell, 25, was signed off the New York Giants' practice squad. The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks in April. He was released prior to the start of the regular season and has spent time on the practice squad for both Seattle and the Giants. He started his collegiate career at DeAnza College and finished it at Harding -- proving if you can play, NFL scouts will find you.
Smith, 26, is a converted wide receiver who joined the team's practice squad Sept. 10 after being released by Green Bay on Sept. 10. The 6-1, 205-pounder originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2011.
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August 24, 2013 - 7:52 PM
By Tim Graham
Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' harrowing loss to Washington today at
FedEx Field ...
What it means: This game was quintessentially queasy for
those who think the objective for any preseason exhibition is to escape without
any serious injuries. The Bills lost quarterback Kevin Kolb (head), cornerback
Stephon Gilmore (wrist) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (head) in the first half. C.J. Spiller (knee) went down in the first quarter but returned.
Bills star of the game: Spiller was a surprise starter after
the tragic report involving his step-grandfather this morning. We're unsure as
of this posting if Spiller knew about it. Spiller might've sat out, but he
didn't. He also could've declined to return after his knee scare, but he didn't.
Spiller ran eight times for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Stat line of the day: It's not a glittery set of numbers,
but they're interesting. Jeff Tuel wasn't supposed to play so much, but with
Kolb knocked out of the game, Tuel saw three quarters and went 10 of 17 for
63 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Receivers impacted: With the Bills not throwing much
(probably out of caution to not get Tuel hurt), the receiver competition didn't
crystallize. Only 12 catches were made. Stevie Johnson had a team-high four
catches for 28 yards. Chris Hogan, Marcus Easley and Da'Rick Rogers had zero
Defense struggles against backup QBs: Washington was without Robert Griffin III
and second-stringer Kirk Cousins. Rex Grossman and Pat White combined to go 18
of 35 for 267 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. White also ran three
times for 26 yards and a touchdown.
Penalties improve: This was one of Doug Marrone's main points of emphasis. The Bills committed nine penalties in
their preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts and 14 last week against the Minnesota Vikings. Today,
they were charged with seven for 38 yards.
Coming up: The Bills close out their preseason schedule
Thursday night against the Detroit Lions in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
August 16, 2013 - 11:50 PM
By Tim Graham
The Minnesota Vikings weren't prepared for what the defense
they faced Friday night.
Teams usually don't game-plan for preseason exhibitions or constantly call blitzes.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier didn't sound too appreciative for what the Buffalo
Bills unleashed defensively.
"Everybody has they way of approaching the preseason,
and that's their choice," Frazier said after the Bills beat the Vikings,
20-16, in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "We'll keep moving forward.
"They did some good things. It's preseason. They have
the option to do whatever they want to do."
The Bills blitzed throughout the game. They recorded four
sacks, with defensive end Jerry Hughes tallying a pair. Defensive tackle Marcell
Dareus and linebacker Marcus Dowtin had one apiece. The Bills also had five
quarterback hits and six tackles for losses.
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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
The Bills today claimed Dowtin off waivers from the
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