The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday they have released wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud and offensive lineman Garrett McGhin.
The news last week was that the NFL and NFLPA agreed on the policies heading into training camp and the regular season. One of those changes was that NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills, would need to get down to 80 players by mid-August.
However, if any team had more than 80 players prior to training camp opening on Tuesday the teams would need to create separate groups. This rule made it seem that it would make more sense for NFL teams to get their roster down to 80 players prior to the opening of training camp as it would be one less thing to manage.
Ray-Ray McCloud was a sixth round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2018 and after spending his rookie season with the team was released prior to last season. He was claimed by the Carolina Panthers but was released and eventually re-joined the Bills as a member of their practice squad.
As for Garrett McGhin, he was an undrafted free signing last offseason but was released. He joined the Carolina Panthers but was released from them and re-signed with the Bills this offseason.
Entering training camp, both players faced uphill battles to make the 53-man roster and likely were part of the team to handle snaps in the preseason. Considering the coaching staff has been around them for a bit and seen how they practiced, combined with no preseason this year, it makes sense for them to be released.
These moves now free up some spots for undrafted rookies who the coaching staff has not had a chance to work with in practice. While the team did release these two, they need to make a few more moves to get down to 80 players and these are some other potential players that may be released over the next day.