No Big Surprises in Bills Roster Moves

by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

A new receiver, a fan-favorite receiver let go, two unexpected defensive backs on the roster, and the feeling that the team is not done yet…highlight the roster moves the Buffalo Bills made on Saturday to get their roster to the limit of 53.

Here are the list of players released by the team:

Shortly after that was announced, the team announced that they traded DB Keyvon Seymour to Carolina for WR Kaelin Clay and a 2019 7th round draft pick.  Clay will be the team’s sixth wide receiver.  He is a speedy deep threat and returner who will be joining his 5th NFL team, but has only played in 7 NFL games (with Baltimore in 2015).

With the waiver claiming period beginning at Noon on Sunday, the team is expected to make more moves.  So the current 53 man roster could be changing.  But as for now, there are a few long shot players who are still wearing a Bills uniform.

Most notable, defensive backs Trae Elston and Greg Mabin.  Elston is a backup safety who has yet to play in an NFL game.  He joins Colt Anderson as backups to starting safeties Michah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.

Mabin is a rookie from Iowa who had two preseason interceptions.  The Bills kept five cornerbacks.

All Draft Picks Remain

The Bills kept all of their 2017 draft picks, including later round linebackers Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo.  Mabin was the only undrafted rookie to make the team.

The Bills kept four running backs and two fullbacks.  The RB collection includes Taiwan Jones and Joe Banyard behind LeShon McCoy and Jonathan Williams.  Jones, a veteran player, figures to have a key role on special teams.

Other newcomers on the roster include DE Eddie Yarbrough, DE Ryan Davis, OL Vlad Ducasse, DT Deondre Coleman & TE Logan Thomas.

Three Quarterbacks Kept

There was some thought that the Bills would only keep two quarterbacks.  But right now, both Nathan Peterman and T. J. Yates are on the roster.  No word which one will be the backup to Tyrod Taylor.

Among the cuts, the most surprising may be receiver Brandon Reilly.  The rookie from Nebraska opened some eyes with impressive late-game performances.  But it appears the Bills were looking for more speed, and that likely prompted the trade for Clay.

The team also released Buffalo native Jordan Johnson.  The UB grad saw limited time in the crowded running back spot.

More Roster Moves to Come?

Again, waiver claims can begin at Noon on Sunday.  So can the team’s ability to sign 10 practice squad players.

Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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