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Bills cut Matt Cassel, 4 others

The Buffalo Bills released Matt Cassel and four others to get their roster below 53 players.

The Buffalo Bills have released Matt Cassel, Red Bryant, Dalton Freeman, Jonathan Meeks and Kevin Reddick. Meeks’ release was announced by many sources last night but the release was made official on Saturday. Meeks was a fifth round pick of the Bills in 2013. Cassel is the biggest name among the cuts.

Buffalo traded for Cassel during the offseason. The quarterback was seen as the favorite for the starting quarterback job entering training camp. He performed well during training camp and he was the team’s starter in the first week of the preseason against the Carolina Panthers. Buffalo didn’t play Cassel much in the preseason as the team knew what they had in the veteran. Unfortunately for Cassel, his lack of preseason game not only cost him the starting job, but it also cost him a roster spot in Buffalo.

He finished the preseason going 13-of-15 for 83 yards. By releasing Cassel, the Bills are only carrying two quarterbacks this season: Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel.

Red Bryant, Dalton Freeman and Kevin Reddick all joined the Bills in the last few weeks. Bryant is on the downside of his career at this point but he’s still strong against the run. Freeman had played under Ryan in New York, but didn’t do enough to stick on the roster. His release leaves Buffalo’s offensive line depth thin. Last, Reddick joined the Bills earlier in the week. He played well for Buffalo in his first game but the team opted to keep undrafted free agent A.J. Tarpley over Reddick.

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