Jones' cut a bizarre move for Bills

It's hard to believe the Bills cut 11th-year veteran Henry Jones. When Gregg Williams came aboard, he talked about how the Oilers considered drafting Jones out of Illinois in 1991. He talked about how excited he was to finally now have the opportunity to coach a player such as Jones. Evidently, the prospect didn't excite him enough because the Bills cut Jones Sunday.

Ex-defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell marveled over Jones' tackling, his ability to play physical, and his ability to cover wide receivers in the slot. Cottrell loved Jones' versatility. Not many players have that on defense. But Jones did, and in the last four seasons he recorded 100-plus tackle – unusual for a defensive back. Jones is no Deion Sanders. He's a player who's unafraid to tackle.

So what happened in Buffalo? Tom Donahoe said releasing Jones was a decision that took some time. Some media pointed to the preseason mistackle on Bengals running back Brandon Bennett, which went for a long touchdown.

I have a hard time believing that one play led to his ouster. I also can't believe Buffalo would put Raion Hill in at strong safety when he didn't play a down with the first team. The Jones' release was surprising because no one had any hint that it was coming. Not even Jones. He wasn't demoted to second team. He played with the starters all along.

Buffalo has to be looking at picking up a strong safety somewhere. Otherwise, this move smacks of poor planning on Buffalo's part. Why would the team cut the starting strong safety, and not have his replacement play with the first-teamers during the preseason? Certainly, preseason is when players get comfortable playing with one another.

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