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Bills release OL Sam Young, claim G Antoine McClain off waivers

By Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills have made a change to the depth along their offensive line this afternoon.

The team has released tackle/guard Sam Young and replaced him with guard Antoine McClain, who was claimed off waivers from Oakland.

McClain, 23, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. The 6-foot-5, 336-pounder played collegiately at Clemson. He spent the 2012 season on the Ravens' practice squad, but was one of the team's final cuts this season after training camp. The Raiders claimed McClain on Sept. 1, but he did not appear in a game for them before being waived Friday.

McClain started 41 of 54 career games at Clemson from 2008-11, including every game in his final three years.

Young, 26, has appeared in 20 games for the Bills over the past three seasons, including four starts last year. The 6-8, 316-pounder played limited snaps at right guard in replace of an injured Kraig Urbik during a Week Three loss at the New York Jets. Young became replaceable, however, when Doug Legursky returned from a knee injury.

C.J. Spiller, Leodis McKelvin, Doug Legursky get green light

By Tim Graham

CLEVELAND -- Running back C.J. Spiller's injured ankle won't keep him out of tonight's game against the Cleveland Browns.

The Buffalo Bills have announced their inactive list for tonight, and Spiller isn't on it. Neither is cornerback Leodis McKelvin nor guard Doug Legursky.

But two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd is.

Here is the complete list:

Buffalo Bills

  • Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin
  • Tight end Chris Gragg
  • Offensive lineman Sam Young
  • Cornerback Ron Brooks
  • Cornerback Stephon Gilmore
  • Safety Jairus Byrd
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins

Cleveland Browns

  • Quarterback Jason Campbell
  • Running back Fozzy Whittaker
  • Offensive lineman Patrick Lewis
  • Offensive lineman Martin Wallace
  • Defensive lineman Billy Winn
  • Linebacker Jabaal Sheard
  • Linebacker Quentin Groves

How easy would it be to replace Andy Levitre?

By Tim Graham

If the Buffalo Bills are unwilling or unable to re-sign left guard Andy Levitre, then there's little reason to get critical of his departure until we know on whom the club will choose to spend its money.

Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan examined Levitre's situation for this morning's paper. The Bills don't have to re-sign Levitre.

From a practical standpoint, however, the Bills would have one more hole to fill without him. They would need to replace a quality guard who hasn't missed a start since he turned pro in 2009.

NFL.com editor Gregg Rosenthal ranked Levitre the best guard and ninth-best player at any position in this year's free-agency class.

Continue reading "How easy would it be to replace Andy Levitre?" »

Why the Bills should think about drafting another OT early

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills seemed to have found a franchise tackle last year, when they drafted Cordy Glenn in the second round.

But the other tackle spot emerged as a major concern.

What if the Bills were to draft another top-flight tackle in April to give themselves bookends for years to come?

It's an intriguing thought.

Continue reading "Why the Bills should think about drafting another OT early" »

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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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