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Can Wade make the Bills’ roster?

By Matt Warren Aug 18, 2019, 11:45am EDT
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Christian Wade has taken over the NFL highlight reels in his first two games playing professional football. The Buffalo Bills were assigned Wade as part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program, and with that come some roster limitations. With the rumors flying around and his strong play, we felt the need to clarify.

Wade scored a 65-yard touchdown on his first NFL carry in Week 1 of the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts. The second time he touched the ball was the following week against the Carolina Panthers, where he took a Tyree Jackson swing pass 48 yards to the goal line.

Needless to say, folks were pumped. So much so that they suggested Wade might be on the 53-man roster.

Let’s set aside the subjective for now and discuss the actual roster limitations of the International Pathway Program. Wade left Wasps RFC in October of 2018 in preparation for the move to the NFL. As a member of the program, Buffalo gets an extra spot for Wade on their offseason roster. They also receive an extra spot on the practice squad during the season for Wade, but once he’s on the practice squad he can’t be promoted to the active roster.

There is some gray area here, though.(open link)

https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2019/8/18/20810950/clarifying-the-buffalo-bills-roster-status-with-running-back-christian-wade

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, Turk71 said:

What is the grey area? Don't leave us hanging.:)

Click the link. The original poster did the right thing providing the link and not stealing the author's work.

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2 minutes ago, scribo said:

Click the link. The original poster did the right thing providing the link and not stealing the author's work.

Will do when I get the chance. I was just kidding around.

 

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OK - not being a legal expert, it sounds like Wade could be retained if on the active roster.

Or he can be retained on the PS, but in a way that prevents him from being activated during this season. What about next season?

 

Also, I would assume he would be protected while on the PS from being acquired by another team (one would think that kind of move would be blocked or it would turn into a meaningless paper shuffle as teams could not promote him to active roster).

 

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1 minute ago, WideNine said:

OK - not being a legal expert, it sounds like Wade could be retained if on the active roster.

Or he can be retained on the PS, but in a way that prevents him from being activated during this season. What about next season?

 

Also, I would assume he would be protected while on the PS from being acquired by another team (one would think that kind of move would be blocked or it would turn into a meaningless paper shuffle as teams could not promote him to active roster).

 

If he makes it to the PS, I think he's safe. Another team can't promote him to their 53.

 

I think he'll clear waivers and be on the Bills' PS until next year.

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OK the linky did the trick - don't like the waiver gamble.

Seems the grey areas is what happens if they promote him to active squad then later demote him to PS.

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There are always special situations almost every year. If Beane feels strongly about protecting a player, I believe he will do it.

We shall see

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Likely just hangs on the practice squad. Which is where he should be.

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3 minutes ago, WideNine said:

OK - not being a legal expert, it sounds like Wade could be retained if on the active roster.

Or he can be retained on the PS, but in a way that prevents him from being activated during this season. What about next season?

 

Also, I would assume he would be protected while on the PS from being acquired by another team (one would think that kind of move would be blocked or it would turn into a meaningless paper shuffle as teams could not promote him to active roster).

 

 

 

Yes he can be placed on an active roster but he counts against the final 53

 

Yes he can be stashed on the PS and he is untouchable for the full season but he also can not be called up for the season.

 

Next year he is a basically a FA trying to make the team and he can no longer be protected. 

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16 minutes ago, HOUSE said:

Can Wade make the Bills’ roster?

By Matt Warren Aug 18, 2019, 11:45am EDT

 

Christian Wade has taken over the NFL highlight reels in his first two games playing professional football. The Buffalo Bills were assigned Wade as part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program, and with that come some roster limitations. With the rumors flying around and his strong play, we felt the need to clarify.

Wade scored a 65-yard touchdown on his first NFL carry in Week 1 of the preseason against the Indianapolis Colts. The second time he touched the ball was the following week against the Carolina Panthers, where he took a Tyree Jackson swing pass 48 yards to the goal line.

Needless to say, folks were pumped. So much so that they suggested Wade might be on the 53-man roster.

Let’s set aside the subjective for now and discuss the actual roster limitations of the International Pathway Program. Wade left Wasps RFC in October of 2018 in preparation for the move to the NFL. As a member of the program, Buffalo gets an extra spot for Wade on their offseason roster. They also receive an extra spot on the practice squad during the season for Wade, but once he’s on the practice squad he can’t be promoted to the active roster.

There is some gray area here, though.

Christian Wade is not going to make the Buffalo Bills roster. Point blank. Period.

 

 

https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2019/8/18/20810950/clarifying-the-buffalo-bills-roster-status-with-running-back-christian-wade

 

He won’t make the final 53 but he’s a lock for the PS  considering that they get a free spot for him.  

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That article has at least one minor mistake, one omission, and doesn't clear up a big question. And reports an opinion as fact. 

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What I don't get is why they haven't been trying him out as a punt returner. And, to my knowledge, he hasn't been playing special teams, either.

There's no way they keep an RB4 on the main roster who can't play special teams. Even if they did, it would be Yeldon.

I like Wade and I'm enjoying his story as much as the next fan, but he needs to be on the practice squad at best.

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My summary:

 

The Bills have a roster exemption now for Wade.

 

They CAN add him to the 53 man roster where he would count against the roster limit.

 

If they waive him in the cutdown to 53, any other team can sign him to their 53 man roster.

 

If he clears waivers, the Bills can put him on the Practice Squad and receive an exemption for him there (he does not count against the practice squad limit of 10.  Once placed on the Bills' practice squad he CANNOT be signed to anybody's 53 man roster, including the Bills.

 

If he makes somebody's 53 man roster and later gets cut, he can be signed to anybody's practice squad.

 

The gray area covers that last scenario and the Bills are the team that signs him to their practice squad after being on somebody's 53 man roster.  It is unknown whether or not Buffalo would be a practice squad exemption for him.

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So you cant add him to the active roster.... But if a team tries to sign him off our practice squad can we add him to our active roster then?

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It appears the author is not fully certain on some details either. I have read several conflicting accounts to include this one. Wouldn’t you think the Bills or the NFL would spend a moment to post the regulations concerning pathway system?

 

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No chance he makes the roster and no chance another team claims him.  He’ll be on the PS 

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1 hour ago, 2020 Our Year For Sure said:

So according to this he will need to pass through waivers. 

 

Likely landing spot would be Jacksonville where the head coach thinks he is a genius. JMO

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It's probably a good thing i'm not the GM because i'd put Wade on the active roster & boot Yeldon & Perry off the roster instead.

Wade has done far more with his limited opportunities than those 2 have. Not to mention not making the mistakes those 2 other "more experienced" players have made.

As a coach you ask your players to do their best & so far Wade has just looked better. I'd be tempted to find a spot for him in the backfield & try him in the return game like others have suggested.

Won't happen of course but thats what i'd do :P

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Just now, HOUSE said:

 

Likely landing spot would be Jacksonville where the head coach thinks he is a genius. JMO

 

Marrone thinks Christian Wade is a genius?  Link?

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would hate to lose him. the kid has some talent and can be explosive. you can say rb's are a dime a dozen, which is pretty much true. losing him to another team is possible I just hope it isn't the stinking patsies**.

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6 minutes ago, CaptnCoke11 said:

No chance he makes the roster and no chance another team claims him.  He’ll be on the PS 

 

What happens if they play him in games 3 or 4 and he breaks off another 50+ yard play? I have to believe a team would claim him.

 

Perhaps Wade is too green and that's why we haven't seen him on ST or getting touches with the ones or twos. Perhaps McD is trying to stash him and we won't see much of him again. 

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