With the mandatory 75-player roster limit deadline set for tomorrow at 4 P.M. ET, the Buffalo Bills took little time in meeting the limit, as they cut 11-players today. Buffalo Bills.com’s Chris Brown tweeted out the list earlier.
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) August 25, 2014
The most notable of today’s cuts is quarterback Dennis Dixon. By cutting Dixon, the Bills shed some light on their hazy backup quarterback situation. As it stands now, the Bills have Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis backing up starter EJ Manuel.
While neither backup has done much to solidify the position, Lewis’s sub par performance throughout training camp has not only raised questions about his roster spot, but it has also helped Jeff Tuel gain the upper hand in the backup quarterback competition. I would expect Lewis to remain on the team for the immediate future, but if the Bills are able to find a better option on the waiver wire, I would then expect Lewis to be the odd man out.
Aside from Dixon, the Bills released a pair of kickers in former sixth round pick Dustin Hopkins and Harvard punter Jacob Dombrowski, as well as hometown safety Derek Brim (former University of Buffalo defensive back).
While “cut day” is easily one of the worst days of camp for both coaches and players, it is a necessary day that unfortunately, has no easy way of being done.
By letting go of 11 players, the Bills are now at the required 75-player limit set by the NFL. Less than a week from now the rosters will be reduced even more, as the mandatory 53 man roster deadline is set for Saturday August 30th, at 4 P.M.