Buffalo Bills Circling the Wagons: Matt Cassel Might Go
The Buffalo Bills are set to face off in their final preseason game against the Detroit Lions. The have seemed to face the Lions every year for a preseason game for as long as I can remember. Will Matt Cassel be the next big name veteran to see his name in lights as he is cut from the Buffalo Bills.
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The Bills do not intend to play their starters at all Thursday night against the Lions in Detroit. With some of their injured players they took it a step further not having them make the trip at all.
The plan is to allow them to spend more time rehabbing their respective injuries at One Bills Drive rather than traveling back and forth to Detroit.
Among the players who will be working at One Bills Drive are Charles Clay, Marcell Dareus, Boobie Dixon, Marquise Goodwin, Deonte Thompson, Karlos Williams, Mario Williams and Robert Woods.
Matt Cassel was part of the three-man quarterback competition that the Buffalo Bills had throughout training camp and preseason this year, but it appears that he may be the quarterback that gets cut after all. Tyrod Taylor has already been named the starter, while E.J. Manuel appears ready to be named the backup. According to a report from Vic Carucci, Cassel is expected to be cut by the Bills in the near future.
On Monday, the Buffalo Bills announced that they were letting veteran running back Fred Jackson go as part of cuts for the 75-man roster. Jackson had been with the Bills for all of his nine seasons in the NFL, but wasn’t seeing significant reps now that LeSean McCoy is in Buffalo.
Well according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Buffalo’s general manager Doug Whaley “went rogue” in cutting Jackson — apparently going against the wishes of the rest of the front office.
When Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso went down with a torn ACL last spring, the team turned to third-year linebacker Nigel Bradham to replace him. It shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. After all, Bradham started 11 times as a rookie in 2012. What was somewhat of a surprise was how well Bradham played in Alonso’s absence — well enough to make Alonso expendable when a new coaching staff came to town earlier this spring.
Bradham’s 2014 season didn’t start off too hot. He was suspended the first game for a weed possession charge. When he came back, I could tell he wasn’t the same guy whom I had seen previously on film. It looked like the game finally slowed down for Bradham, or maybe he sped up.
Week 1 is in jeopardy for the former Eagles running back and 2013’s NFL rushing champion who is dealing with a hamstring injury suffered on August 18.
There are no Buffalo Bills Birthdays today.
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CB – Leodis McKelvin – 9/1