The NFL’s annual 53-man roster cutdown is always immediately followed by teams racing to claim those recently released players off of waivers. For the Bills that meant adding rookie FB Dan Vitale, who was drafted by the Tamp Bay Buccaneers in the 6th round of this year’s draft.
Buffalo parted ways with LB Jamari Lattimore in order to make room Vitale.
The 6’2, 255-pound Northwestern product is known for his blocking and listed as a FB, but figures to be more of a FB/TE hybrid or H-back. In his senior season with the Wildcats he hauled in 33 receptions for 355 yards and four touchdowns, finishing his college career with 1,427 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He’ll be a versatile weapon for offensive coordinator Greg Roman to work into the offense.
The Bills also confirmed that they added WR Dez Lewis and K Jordan Gay to their 10-man practice squad. Lewis is in his second NFL season and entered camp with the Bills looking to earn a roster spot, but was cut on Friday.
Gay spent the last two seasons as Buffalo’s kickoff specialist alongside the team’s field goal kicker Dan Carpenter, but was released last week to make room for LB Ramon Humber.
Another report indicates that C Gabe Ikard – recently cut by the Detroit Lions – is also joining the Bills practice squad, however the team has yet to confirm that addition.
Ikard spent last season in Buffalo, appearing in 3 games.
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