The Buffalo Bills got a head start on the mandatory 53-man roster deadline yesterday, as they released 10 players and place three on injured reserve.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 29, 2014
One release that comes as somewhat of a surprise to fans, is the release of Bills long-time punter Brian Moorman. Moorman spent the first 12 seasons (2001-12) of his career in Buffalo and holds many of the Bills team punting records.
Past records aside, Moorman’s preseason performance was not the greatest by his standards – particularly in the last two games. During the preseason, Moorman averaged 37.4 net yards on 16 punts, including five that were downed inside the 20.
While those numbers are not terrible, Moorman’s struggles were evident throughout camp, and his average of 37.4 net yards is a noteworthy dropoff from last seasons average of 41.2 net yards.
This ends Moorman’s second stint with the Bills, as he returned to the team last October after a brief stint with the Dallas Cowboys. At 38-years old, Moorman was the Bills oldest player. Moorman wrote an open letter to Bills fans, reflecting on his time with the Bills. You can read the letter in it’s entirety here.
Although Moorman may be the most recognizable name to Bills fans, the most surprising move was the release of defensive tackle Landon Cohen. Cohen was having a great training camp, but as ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak pointed out, a lot of Cohen’s play came against lesser competition later in games.
With Landon Cohen: important to remember he was making waves later in preseason games. Journeyman vet who may be available later.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) August 29, 2014
Cohen developed into a nice story during training camp, but with the Bills being so deep along the defensive line, the coaching staff felt they only needed two backups at defensive tackle.
Cohen is a seventh year player that was a free agent for much of this past offseason. Going off of how much time he spent as a free agent this offseason, Cohen will more than likely be available as a free agent if the Bills suffer an early season injury along the defensive line.
Aside from Moorman and Cohen, here are the rest of yesterdays roster moves: quarterback Jordan Palmer, fullback Evan Rodriguez, tight end Dominique Jones, linebacker Xavius Boyd, cornerback Kamaal McIlwain, cornerback Sam Miller, centre Jared Wheeler, and hometown wide receiver Namaan Roosevelt were all released.
Following yesterday’s roster moves, the Bills now have to release 8 more players before today’s 4 PM deadline