Buffalo Bills announce initial 2021 practice squad

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6 things we learned from GM Brandon Beane about the Bills 2021 roster

BuffaloBills.com 01 September, 2021 - 03:59pm

General manager Brandon Beane met with the media on Wednesday to discuss final cuts and the makeup of this year's squad.

It was a bit of a surprise to see long snapper Reid Ferguson a part of final cuts in order to get to 53. But no need to panic though because Ferguson will be back. Beane had to make the roster move in order to place wide receiver Marquez Stevenson on the Injured Reserve.

"Reid will be back on the roster," Beane explained. "The subsequent move will be Marquez Stevenson will be put on IR. His foot has still been nagging him. He actually had re-hurt it before that punt return against the Bears, and believe it or not still took that thing back. And that's why he got shut down then. It's still nagging him. The best thing is to let it calm down, so we'll put him down. So we'll go down to six wide receivers, we'll get Reid back on."

The Buffalo Bills' 53-man roster for the 2021 season is here. Scroll through to learn about the players on this year's team.

The Bills kept 11 defensive linemen, which makes it the most crowded position group on the team. If defensive end Darryl Johnson made the roster, he would have made it 12 but the seventh rounder was traded to the Panthers in exchange for a 2022 sixth round pick.

Beane said it was difficult to trade Johnson, but ultimately it came down to who would be active on game days.

"Darryl was a tough call," Beane explained. "It really was. At the end of the day, we had probably the most value that we could get for him and it was, which way you can do it. He has that special teams value. Heath's (Farwell) probably disappointed that we weren't able to get him there, but there's only so many you're going to be able to get up on game day as it is and we just couldn't find a way to keep seven defensive ends."

Beane said they thought getting a sixth round pick in the trade was the best move for the team as a whole.

Scroll to see the best photos from the Bills' practice at Highmark Stadium on September 1, 2021.

With 11 defensive linemen, every position group can't be stacked. Beane admitted 11 is about as heavy as he felt comfortable with at that spot. Even though they went heavy at defensive line for a reason, Beane didn't want to choose numbers first over talent when deciding the final roster.

"We really tried to keep the best 53 and not say, we're going to keep x number of running backs, x number of receivers, tight ends," Beane explained.

That means six linebackers, five corners and four safeties makeup the rest of the defense. The worry about keeping 12 defensive linemen came down to what position groups could be in jeopardy on game day.

"I knew once you start getting 10, 11, I would've loved to have kept Darryl and go 12," Beane explained. "But we just couldn't get thinner because on game day, you get to that 48, we're going to have too many D-linemen on the sidelines and we're going to be really thin if we lose another tight end or lose a linebacker, DB. Most of those guys that we kept will all be up on game day. So it gets to the core where you can only keep so many."

There were many players the Bills would have loved to keep but they couldn't because of the defensive line numbers. One example is tight end Jacob Hollister

"Hollister was a tough decision," Beane said. "It was really a numbers thing. I thought Jacob had a good camp. He had a really good spring. And then he had the back (injury) that slowed him a little bit, but was starting to show back in form at the Bears game. It was really a numbers thing. If we had kept another one, he's probably on the roster. It was just, we went heavy at defensive line, and unfortunately when you go heavy somewhere you got to cut somewhere else."

The Bills have been without some key pieces over the last several practices. Defensive lineman Harrison Phillips (knee), wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie (shoulder), tight end Tommy Sweeney (foot), safety Jaquan Johnson (knee), cornerback Levi Wallace (hip), cornerback Taron Johnson (hand) and cornerback Dane Jackson (stinger) have all missed multiple practices.

Phillips, Sweeney, McKenzie, T. Johnson, Jackson and Wallace returned to practice on Wednesday and practiced in some capacity. McKenzie, T. Johnson and Jackson wore red non-contact jerseys.

"We feel good about their status," Beane said of Phillips and McKenzie specifically. "At this point, as we sit here today before practice anything can happen. But I don't think we're planning to rule anyone out for week one at this point."

Micah Hyde (excused for personal reason), Star Lotulelei (calf), Jerry Hughes (vet day), Jaquan Johnson (knee) all missed practice on Wednesday.

The team will have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off before they officially begin Week 1 prep. Beane said he is hoping with the long weekend, they will get most of the players back and practicing in some capacity on Monday.

The Bills practice squad members were announced this afternoon and all players on it were members of Buffalo's training camp roster before final cuts. Before those players had an opportunity to get claimed, Beane was hopeful that they would get most of their group back.

"We're happy with most of the guys that we had," Beane said of players that got cut before being put back on the practice squad. "They become free agents so they do have opportunities if they're not claimed to choose a different practice squad, but we're hopeful here this afternoon to get a lot of the guys back that they go unclaimed."

Quarterbacks Davis Webb and Jake Fromm are a part of this year's practice squad. Beane was anticipating Webb would return, but wasn't sure about Fromm's status.

"Davis doesn't have to go through waivers, so he can sign back with us," Beane explained. "Pretty confident he will. And then we'll see what happens with Jake. But really proud of Jake and happy with him. We would love to keep him on the team if we can, but we'll have to see if he's claimed here in just a little while."

Here are the 15 members of the practice squad – OL Jack Anderson, DT Brandin Bryant, OL Jamil Douglas, QB Jake Fromm, WR Tanner Gentry, LB Joe Giles-Harris, DB Olaijah Griffin, WR Isaiah Hodgins, CB Cam Lewis, DE Mike Love, TE Quintin Morris, S Josh Thomas, QB Davis Webb, CB Rachad Wildgoose, RB Antonio Williams.

Every season each roster has a little bit of a different feel. Beane thinks the continuity stands out most among this year's group. The biggest difference this season is in the defensive line, where Beane hopes the increase in numbers will translate to an increase in pressure.

"Continuity is probably the thing that's gotten better and better, being able to keep so many guys that some of them we thought we were going to lose last year," Beane said of the difference in this year's roster. "Offensively, I think we've kind of built it similar to how we did last season. And then defensively, the biggest difference is up front. We've really focused on retaining the back end, the back seven, and then strengthening this front four, and being able to rush in waves.

"I think that's what you'll see. If we have eight or nine up on game day, Eric Washington is going to be rotating those guys to where we're hopefully going to be able to get after this quarterback."

Buffalo Bills announce 2021 practice squad

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Buffalo Bills announce 15 familiar practice squad signings

Buffalo Rumblings 01 September, 2021 - 02:15pm

OG Jack Anderson, CB Cam Lewis, DE Mike Love, TE Quintin Morris, S Josh Thomas, DT Brandin Bryant, OG Jamil Douglas, QB Jake Fromm, WR Tanner Gentry, QB Davis Webb, CB Rachad Wildgoose, LB Joe Giles-Harris, RB Antonio Williams, WR Isaiah Hodgins, & CB Olaijah Griffin.

Lewis played in five games for the Bills a year ago, starting two. Love played in three games in 2018 and 1 game in 2020 for the Bills. Bryant had one game for Buffalo in 2020 and four for the Browns in 2019. Williams played in the season finale in 2020, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 63 yards on 12 carries. Fromm spent 2020 on the team’s active roster but never played, while Hodgins made the roster but spent the year on injured reserve.

Douglas has the most extensive NFL roster experience with 46 NFL games and 11 starts, but none came with the Bills. He played two seasons in Miami and two in Tennessee. Jiles-Harris played 14 combined games for Jacksonville over the last two seasons.

Among the group is a host of former draft picks; Anderson and Wildgoose were picked in 2021 while Hodgins is from 2020.

Buffalo Bills bring back former Georgia QB Jake Fromm

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The team announced on Tuesday that they released Fromm and several others, but the former UGA quarterback went unclaimed on waivers. So now, Buffalo can add him back to their practice squad.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Jake Fromm will be a key member of the Bills’ practice squad. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Fromm, UGA’s fourth all-time passing leader (8,224 yards), was drafted in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft and was the Bills’ emergency COVID-19 quarterback last season. Fromm spent much of last season isolated from the team until this offseason.

In his freshman season, Fromm won the starting job over Jacob Eason and led Georgia to a 13-2 record. The Bulldogs went on to win the SEC Championship and the Rose Bowl. Fromm and the Dawgs fell just short in the national championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

During his sophomore campaign, Fromm improved, but Georgia fell short of its national championship goal. UGA missed the playoffs after suffering another defeat to Alabama.

During his junior year, Fromm helped UGA make a third consecutive SEC Championship.

Fromm helped lead Buffalo on a game-winning drive this preseason. Fromm and the NFL did not have a preseason last year, so it was good for him to get live-game experience again.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the news:

The #Bills are bringing back QB Jake Fromm on their practice squad, source said.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2021

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Jacob Hollister won’t be back with Buffalo Bills, as team decided to keep defensive linemen

Buffalo Rumblings 01 September, 2021 - 11:13am

The Buffalo Bills only have two true tight ends on their roster in Dawson Knox and the injured Tommy Sweeney. Fullback Reggie Gilliam has cross-trained at the position and we assume there will be practice squad players at the position, as well.

“Just a numbers game,” Beane said on cutting Hollister. “We went heavy on the DL. We wish him the best. Never close the door on bringing him back but my guess is he will sign with another team.”

The Bills kept five defensive tackle and six defensive ends on Tuesday’s initial 53-man roster.

Hollister was signed to a contract this offseason and the Bills were frequently tied to Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz in trade talks, but ultimately the team didn’t feel the need to upgrade at all at the position. In fact, they subtracted where folks thought they would add.

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