By Nick Richardson @NickSonofDave on August 31, 2014
With the finalization of their 53-man roster, the Buffalo Bills have taken their final step in preparation for the 2014 regular season. While the roster turned out the way many had predicted, there were a few interesting omissions. Here are five players who surprisingly didn’t make the Bills’ final roster.
This move wasn’t entirely unexpected based on the fact that the Bills were likely to keep only four safeties on the roster. Ladler was just a victim of the numbers game. However, the undrafted rookie may have earned a spot on Buffalo’s practice squad after he played above expectations in training camp and the preseason.
Like Ladler, Cohen missed the cut mainly because the Bills are already set at his position. Buffalo’s defensive line in particular has a lot of quality depth and there just wasn’t anywhere to put Cohen where there would have been any chance of him seeing the field. He does have a shot at the practice squad, though.
The final spot on the Bills’ offensive line came down to two veterans, Legursky and Kraig Urbik. In the end, Urbik managed to edge out Legursky, though neither played particularly well in the preseason. The release of Legursky is surprising in that he started 11 games for the Bills last year, but he certainly wasn’t a standout. Still, it never hurts to have more experience on the O-line.
The competition for Buffalo’s backup QB job has been an utter mess. Thad Lewis had the inside track, but he played so poorly that he was one of the Bills’ first cuts. The team then brought in journeyman Jordan Palmer, who was promptly cut after one rough outing. Then the Bills brought in veteran Kyle Orton. This signing looked like it would push Tuel down to No. 3 on the depth chart, but instead, the Bills will start the year with only two QBs.
Moorman’s release was one of the only truly surprising cuts the Bills made. Moorman did not have a good preseason, shanking more than a couple punts. Nonetheless, he was one of the few bright spots during the team’s decade and a half-long playoff drought. One would think the team would grant him a spot based on his history with the team, but instead the Bills went out and claimed Jordan Gay off waivers. Moorman will likely find a job elsewhere.
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