Bills rookies at risk of being released

The Buffalo Bills have some tough roster decisions to make and three rookies could be released by the team.

The Buffalo Bills need to make some difficult roster decisions in the near future. The first round of cuts need to be in by Tuesday at 4 p.m. Buffalo will need to drop their roster from 90 to 75. On Saturday, September 5, the Bills have until 4 p.m. to cut their roster down to 53 players. Among the roster cuts, you could see three Bills rookies get released.

Tony Steward

Among the trio, Steward has the best chance of making the 53-man roster. After the team lost Ty Powell for the season to an ACL injury, Buffalo’s depth at linebacker took a significant hit. Steward, a sixth round pick, was recently seeing work at the MIKE linebacker position and could have a big role as a rookie. That said, Steward’s camp left a lot to be desired and on Saturday, Steward suffered an MCL injury that will keep him out of action for a few weeks.

The rookie linebacker should survive the first wave of cuts, but the team may find some better depth options on Saturday when other teams begin dropping their rosters down to 53-players.

Nick O’Leary

It seemed like O’Leary and the Bills were a great fit for one another when the team drafted the tight end. Besides Charles Clay, there was a lot of uncertainty at the position. Unfortunately for O’Leary, he’s the team’s fifth tight end heading into their final week of the preseason. O’Leary has been outplayed by the likes of Clay, MarQueis Gray, Matthew Mulligan and Chris Gragg. He hasn’t done enough in camp or the preseason to believe that his roster spot is safe.

On Saturday, I expect O’Leary to be among Buffalo’s releases. That said, don’t be surprised if the team places him on their practice squad. O’Leary needs work but he could still contribute eventually for the Bills.

Dezmin Lewis

Lewis was a raw athlete when the Bills drafted him late in the 2015 NFL draft and he didn’t face much competition at Central Arkansas. Through camp and the preseason, Lewis has not played well. His height also hasn’t helped him much in camp or the preseason. He is currently the tallest receiver on the roster at 6’4,” but that won’t come close to winning him a roster spot with the Bills.

Lewis could be a practice squad candidate, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if the Bills simply let him go after releasing him.  

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