The Buffalo Bills cut their roster down to 75 players this morning. The deadline to reduce rosters was Tuesday at 4 PM.
Per Chris Brown, the 11 cuts made on Monday included the following:
- QB Dennis Dixon
- RB Ronnie Wingo
- WR Chris Summers
- WR Tori Gurley
- OL J.J. Unga
- OL Macky MacPherson
- K Dustin Hopkins
- P Jake Dombrowski
- DT Damien Jacobs
- S Derek Brim
- S Jujuan Harley
There truly weren’t any surprise cuts today. Dixon was given his first preseason action of the year against the Buccaneers and his ball security was worrisome. Buffalo’s backup QBs have struggled mightily this offseason, but Dixon could never make a push.
Wingo is a talented RB, but with Spiller, Jackson, Dixon and Brown on the roster, his odds were always slim. Buffalo also has a lot of talent at WR, so Summers and Gurley faced enormous odds.
At one point in 2013, Doug Marrone made a push to get J.J. Unga in-game reps to compete with Kraig Urbik. The latter held Unga off and this year, his name was never thrown around with serious consideration. Macky MacPherson, a former Syracuse lineman, is a possible practice squad candidate.
On special teams, both Hopkins and Dombrowski had legitimate chances of making the roster. Hopkins didn’t stand out as a kickoff specialist and had a nagging groin injury. Brian Moorman apparently did enough to hold off Dombrowski.
Defensively, Damien Jacobs was buried on the depth chart as the team has a very talented line.
Both Derek Brim and Jujuan Harley are practice squad possibilities. Teams will sometimes cut a player early in hopes of sneaking them onto their practice squads. Buffalo seems set at the position, so the 53-man roster was a long shot.
Best of wishes to everyone who was released today.