Even though the 2021 NFL Draft wrapped up last week, the Buffalo Bills didn’t stop there and continued to try to find players to add to improve the roster. On Thursday, they announced the signing of six undrafted free agents.
The group included offensive tackle Syrus Tuitele, safety Tariq Thompson, wide receiver Tre Walker, tight end Quintin Morris, and cornerbacks Olaijah Griffin and Nick McCloud.
This year the UDFA class is smaller with only six compared to the past two years when the Bills have signed eight undrafted free agents each year. General manager Brandon Beane did talk about how it was a little different when talking to agents for undrafted free agents with how deep the Bills roster is. This certainly probably made it tougher to attract players to Buffalo.
This fact, combined with a smaller pool of draftable players, it isn’t surprising that there were fewer undrafted free agent signings this year for the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills have had success finding talent among undrafted free agents, like Levi Wallace and Ike Boettger, in the past, and if there are two players who could follow a similar career path that would be tight end Quintin Morris and cornerback Olaijah Griffin.
Morris played four seasons for Bowling Green State and was very productive with 125 career receptions, 1,529 receiving yards, and seven receiving touchdowns. As for Griffin, he played three seasons for USC and had 67 total tackles, one interception, and 13 passes defended.
For an undrafted free agent to have success and potentially earn a spot on the 53-man roster, it needs to be a combination of talent and opportunity. The tight end and cornerback position are two of the more unsettled for the Bills and if Morris or Griffin does a good job during offseason workouts, training camp, and the preseason games, they may get that chance.