August 31, 2013 - 4:35 PM
By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills are under the roster limit after dropping five more players this afternoon. Teams had until 6 p.m. to
reduce their rosters to 53 players.
The released players:
- Quarterback Thad Lewis
- Defensive end Jamie Blatnick
- Defensive end Izaan Cross
- Defensive tackle Torell Troup
- Linebacker Bryan Scott
Although Lewis was an interesting sidelight over the past week, Scott and Troup are the most notable cuts of this quintet.
Scott has played 10 NFL seasons as a defensive back and linebacker.
He was a hybrid defender who the Bills hoped would help guard the NFL's new
wave of athletic tight ends such as Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Jimmy
Scott was fifth in tackles last year with 64. His four
interceptions and eight pass breakups each ranked second on the team. He
returned one of his interceptions for the Bills' only defensive touchdown of
the season. He also had two forced fumbles and two recoveries.
Troup will forever remembered as the player the Bills
selected one spot ahead of Gronkowski in the 2010 draft. Troup played 15 games
as a rookie and started two. he played only six games in his second season and zero
Chan Gailey, right, had his moments, but went 16-32 as the Bills' head coach. (James P. McCoy/News file photo)
By Tim Graham
How will we remember Buddy Nix's tenure as Buffalo Bills general
manager? With the help of beat reporter Mark Gaughan, we look back on the past
three seasons and four drafts under Nix.
Here are his five biggest misses:
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April 26, 2013 - 10:37 AM
By Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills know something nobody else does?
That idea alone is fascinating.
The chance of it being true is small based on the
organization's track record. But maybe -- just maybe -- the Bills were smart to
name EJ Manuel their franchise quarterback.
And if that decision is proven to be correct, while
gathering two additional draft picks, then the possibilities are endless.
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By Tim Graham
NFL.com has been running a series of articles examining
every team's best and worst draft picks since 1966, the start of the Super Bowl
The Bills' breakdown was posted today, with five finalists in
each category accompanied by a poll that allows fans to select the superlative
- • Jim Kelly, 14th overall in 1983
- • Bruce Smith, first overall in 1985
- • Thurman Thomas, 40th overall in 1988
- • Andre Reed, 86th overall in 1985
- • O.J. Simpson, first overall in 1969
- • Mike Williams, fourth overall in 2002
- • Aaron Maybin, 11th overall in 2009
- • Tom Cousineau, first overall in 1979
- • J.P. Losman, 22nd overall in 2004
- • James Hardy, 41st overall in 2008
While it's difficult to argue with any of the
"best" candidates, what about those longshots who had fine careers?
Hitting on the first overall pick shouldn't be difficult. Simpson was a
no-brainer in 1969.
I'd like to have seen one of those late-round fliers get consideration. Right
tackle Howard Ballard was an 11th-round stab in 1987 but was a two-time
Pro Bowler who started 10 NFL seasons. Defensive lineman Kyle Williams was a 2006
fifth-round pick who's gone to a couple Pro Bowls.
As for the "worst" candidates, I have a problem with
Cousineau making the list. What made him a bad pick wasn't his talent -- he started more NFL
games than 1972 first overall pick Walt Patulski -- but the fact he refused to
sign with the Bills.
Besides, the Bills turned Cousineau into the draft pick that
became Kelly. Without the Cousineau selection and the subsequent contract
squabble, the Bills wouldn't have gotten their Hall of Fame quarterback.
Defensive tackle Torell Troup, taken one pick ahead of superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski in 2010, warrants a spot in the poll.
And why should Hardy be considered worse than Perry Tuttle (19th overall in 1982) or Tony Hunter (12th overall in 1983) or Erik Flowers (26th overall in 2000) or John McCargo (26th overall in 2006)?
Newly signed defensive lineman Alan Branch speaks at One Bills Drive on Tuesday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
By Mark Gaughan
Defensive lineman Alan Branch looked around at the players on the Buffalo Bills' defensive front and decided he has the chance to look good this season in their uniform.
Branch became a new piece of the Bills' defensive puzzle by signing a one-year contract today. Branch started the past two seasons for Seattle. He's a 324-pound run stopper who adds to the Bills' ability to play a 3-4 front.
Now the Bills can put Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Branch on the defensive line, flanked by Mario Williams and Manny Lawson at outside linebacker. Fourth-year man Alex Carrington can push Branch for time. If fourth-year man Torell Troup comes back from back surgery, all the better.
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