Buffalo Bills bring in former first round pick for a tryout at rookie minicamp

Aug 30, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray (56) against the Arizona
Aug 30, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray (56) against the Arizona / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills are holding their rookie minicamp this weekend and while this will be the first chance for rookies to get a feel for the NFL, the Bills are using the time to also work out players that potentially could be added to the roster.

One notable player that is working out this weekend is former first round pick Shane Ray, according to Sal Capaccio with WGR550. The pass rusher was selected 23rd overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2015 NFL Draft.

He would have a great start to his career with 12 sacks over his first two years with the Broncos, including eight starts in his second season. Unfortunately, he would suffer a wrist injury and would have three wrist surgeries during the 2017 season.

The injury wasn't corrected and he would have another wrist surgery during the offseason to correct some complications from the previous surgeries. He would return to play in 11 games that season but he wasn't able to make the same impact prior to the injury. In total, he would play 19 games in the final two seasons with the Broncos but only register two sacks during that stretch.

Ray would sign with Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in 2019 but he would be cut prior to the season. While he hasn't played in an NFL game since 2018, he has played the past two seasons in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts. This past season he had six sacks.

Buffalo Bills could potentially use more depth at defensive end

With how the NFL has developed into a pass-heavy league, teams can never have enough pass rushers. The Bills have good depth at defensive end but questions around Von Miller could drastically change how the position is viewed.

If Miller is unable to return for the start of the season, the Bills may need another defensive end. Shane Ray would be a great upside addition, especially if he is fully recovered from the wrist injuries he dealt with earlier in his career.

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