'The Patriots made the 6-foot-8, 307-pound McDermott a sixth-round draft pick from UCLA. His older brother, Kevin McDermott, is the long-snapper for the Minnesota Vikings.'
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'Sunday's forecast from the National Weather Service calls for sunny skies with a high near 72 degrees. AccuWeather concurs with the sunshine. It projects a 68-degree day.'
'Lacey was undrafted out of West Alabama and wound up playing in the Canadian Football League for Edmonton the last three years. Last season he had 114 tackles, 7 sacks, and 3 interceptions and that warranted a signing by the Dolphins in the spring.'
'Giving Whaley the 2013 draft – because we all know his fingerprints were all over it as he was already in line to become the GM a couple weeks later – there are now only six players left on the Buffalo roster of the 28 he picked in his four drafts. I’m not real proficient at math, but that’s 21.4 percent, and that’s simply horrendous.'
'So you thought after the Bills cut to 53 players on Saturday afternoon, other than filling out their practice squad, the roster for the coming season was set, at least for the start. Wrong.'
'In addition to his familiarity with McDermott and Beane, Webb is among the most versatile quarterbacks in the league. Webb can contribute on special teams and as a receiver. The veteran had been taking more wide receiver snaps with Carolina this offseason.'
'Buffalo needed to do something at wide receiver after it traded for wide receiver Kaelin Clay on Saturday. By releasing Brown, the Bills now have Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes, Brandon Tate and Clay as their five receivers.'
'Buffalo will head into the season with LeSean McCoy, Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones as their running backs. They also have Patrick DiMarco at fullback.'
'McDermott was a sixth-round pick by the Patriots in the 2017 NFL Draft after a successful college career at UCLA. Lee played 24 games with the Lions and Bears over the last two season by caught only one pass. Lacey spent time with the Cowboys and Dolphins in the NFL, but his most extensive experience was as a CFL player. He played three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos.'
'"In light of Edelman's injury, a league source said the Patriots and recently retired Anquan Boldin had mutual interest in bringing Boldin to New England this offseason, and he remains intrigued by the possibility," Volin said. "But the point is likely moot. Boldin signed with the Bills, and was placed on Buffalo's reserve/retired list Aug. 22. That means the Bills retain his rights, and they would need to release him in order to let him sign with the Patriots. That sort of cooperation from a division rival doesn't seem likely."'
'Kellen Moore was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys. The 28 year old quarterback could be a good short-term signing for Buffalo if they're looking to carry three quarterbacks into the regular season. Moore's strengths entering the league included getting the ball out quickly and accurately, traits you look for in a West Coast offense. It's unknown whether or not Buffalo's current No. 3 quarterback, T.J. Yates, will be out of the concussion protocol by Week 1.'
'The Bills lost running back Mike Gillislee, LeSean McCoy’s main backup from 2016, during free agency to the New England Patriots. The 23-year-old Williams was expected to take that role. Now it appears Joe Banyard, 28, is the team’s main backup running back. Williams averaged 5.8 yards per carry during the preseason.'
'The moves coincided with Buffalo claiming former Detroit Lions tight end Khari Lee, linebacker Deon Lacey and rookie tackle Conor McDermott, who was drafted in the sixth round by New England. Lacey has three seasons of Canadian Football League experience, and spent this offseason with the Miami Dolphins before being cut Saturday.'
'Expectations: Have plummeted over past month with new regime continuing offseason purge in exchange for draft picks. With Williams cut on Sunday, roster features just 16 players team drafted, including six rookies this year, leaving team in jeopardy of extending NFL’s longest active playoff drought to 18 seasons. Only 25 players return from last season, including OT Seantrel Henderson and WR Walter Powell, who open season serving NFL suspensions.'
'Veteran Mike Tolbert appears to be first in line to back up McCoy. The Bills also have tailbacks Joe Banyard, rookie Jordan Johnson, Taiwan Jones and fullback Patrick DiMarco behind McCoy on their 53-man roster.'
'"I'm going to build through the draft, first and foremost," Beane said recently. "You have to draft well and sign those guys. If you draft well, you sign them. You're not going to see the big splashes of free agency. Free agency sets you up for your draft."'
'Without Williams, the Bills are now expected to use veteran Mike Tolbert as their top option behind McCoy. The team also kept running backs Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones, whose main contributions are expected to come on special teams, on their 53-man roster.'
'According to Rapoport, the Bills aren't releasing Williams due to an injury or a looming suspension. They're just cutting him for football reasons.'
'None of the players waived/released by the Bills Saturday was claimed by any other NFL team. The addition of McDermott, Lacey, and Lee means the team must make three roster moves to return to the 53-man limit.'
'Gerald Hodges was signed during the offseason and appeared to have won the backup middle linebacker spot behind Preston Brown, especially after the team traded Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs.'
'Shortly after three players were claimed off waivers and three others released, the Bills announced the signing of seven players to their practice squad, all of whom were originally with the club but released this past weekend as part of the final roster cuts.'
'Those three moves were necessary because the Bills claimed three players off waivers on Sunday. That includes rookie offensive lineman Conor McDermott, linebacker Deon Lacey, and tight end Khari Lee.'
'Williams, who was slated to be the No. 2 back behind LeSean McCoy, played in 11 games as a rookie in 2016 and rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown.'
'Daikiel Shorts, who was also battling for one of the few spots at wide receiver on the active roster, was also signed to the practice squad.'
'The Bills wide receiver group was a mystery for most of August. Guys were signed and traded and retired. What’s left? We’ll the bills acquired Jordan Matthews from Philly. He had 800 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. He will join rookie 2nd round pick Zay Jones. After those two, there are a ton of question marks.'
'This year the Bills are running a one gap scheme. Each member of the front 7 is responsible for a gap. This frees the defensive lineman to attack their gap and try to get up field to make a big play.'
'We asked him about being drafted and having his son born within a two day period, whether or not he has purchased the home he promised for his mom yet, and why he puts ice cubes in his cereal with the milk.'
'The Bills waived a couple of players most thought would stick on the 53-man roster Saturday parting ways with RB Jonathan Williams, WR Philly Brown and LB Gerald Hodges to make room for their three waiver claim players.'
'All seven players came from Buffalo’s previous training camp roster. Wide receivers Brandon Reilly and Daikiel Shorts headlined the list on the offensive side of the ball. Many thought Reilly had a shot at making the 53-man roster, but he and Shorts, who both had pretty consistent preseasons, will develop on the practice squad.'
'Matthews is the unquestioned number one option based on his production in the league, and figures to work mainly out of the slot. Jones and Holmes will be the primary outside receivers with Tate and Clay helping as deep threats and as special teamers.'
'“I can never feel comfortable,” said Alexander. “I was undrafted. I’ve been cut a couple times. I’ve been a bubble guy. So, I’ll always carry that with me. No matter how good my situation may seem, in this league you can never get complacent.”'