Roster Shuffling: Bills Add Kirlew, Quaye; Release Green

The Bills shuffled their roster today by adding DE/OLB Jammie Kirlew, DL Ko Quaye, and WR Paul Hubbard to the practice squad.  OT Cornell Green was released from IR.

Thus ends the Cornell Green era. Why we would sign a turnstile well into his 30’s with character issues (beat the mother of his kids with a mop) was beyond me.  It’s not like we haven’t signed a slow, overweight RT from Oakland before to the tune of, coincidentally enough, 5 years, $25 million.  Oh yeah, that Langston Walker we cut on the eve of the 2009 season.  I was hoping I was wrong and that he could be an experienced vet to settle a young line, but we didn’t get too much back from that investment.

As for the practice squad guys, Hubbard had previously been on the Bills practice squad, but had been released off it recently.  Quaye had been an undrafted free agent signing of the Jaguars this year.  At 6-1 307, he’s most likely a project for nose tackle.  Kirlew is the intriguing signing of the day.

At Indiana, Kirlew displayed impressive closing speed and burst for a bigger guy.  He has the ‘tweener label written all over him, though.  He played DE in college, but he’s 6-1 260.  Heading into the draft, I felt that he would eventually find his niche as a 3rd-down rush specialist and could develop into a solid contributor for the team that drafted him.  While things haven’t worked out that way so far for Jammie, I hope that a team as desperate for a pass rush as we are can get some help from the Big Ten product.

I feel his stock had plummeted after running a 4.9 forty at the combine.  He plays much faster than that time, in my opinion.  Kirlew was drafted by the Broncos in the 7th round in 2010.

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