The Buffalo Bills opened their rookie mini-camp on Friday in addition to their seven draft picks and 14 undrafted free agents, the Bills hosted seven players on a try-out basis per Mike Rodak of ESPN.
Here’s a look at the seven players getting a shot with the Bills and a bit of information about each player.
RB Shon Carson, South Carolina: Rushed for 703 yards and five touchdowns on 134 career attempts at South Carolina. Carson has experience as a kick returner as well, recording 1,107 yards on 53 returns (20.9 yard average).
LB Jesse Hayes, Wisconsin: Hayes provided depth at Wisconsin behind the likes of Joe Schobert and Vince Biegel. Played in eight games at Wisconsin and registered 12 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed, and one forced fumble.
LB Michael Keck, UNC Pembroke: In 10 games at UNC Pembroke, Keck registered 10 sacks this season. His one sack per game average tied him for 12th most in Division II.
QB Joe Licata, UB: Certainly the most well-known name on the workout list. Licata played his college ball for Buffalo and completed 60.6 percent of his passes (823-of-1359). He threw for 9,485 yards in his career with the Bulls and tossed 76 touchdowns and 37 interceptions.
S Taj Letman, Marshall: Letman played in 39 games at Marshall and registered 224 total tackles in his career. He also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, 15 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Letman has good size at 6’2” and ran a 40-time in the 4.4s at his pro day.
CB/S Donnell Lewis, Towson: Towson coach Rob Ambrose referred to Lewis as the leader of his defense back in November.
“If I had to put an asterisk on a guy, [senior strong safety] Donnell Lewis is probably the leader of this, and he’s really controlling what goes on back there and he’s playing really solid week after week.”
In addition to playing in the defensive backfield, Lewis also handled return responsibilities. He returned 25 punts in his career at Towson for 130 yards and a touchdown and 11 kick returns for 255 yards (23.2 yard average).
LB Chima Uzowhie, Liberty: Uzowhie is 6’1” and 263 pounds. He was a biology major at Liberty but a career in biology may have to wait based on his college stats. NFLDraftScout.com said the following about Uzowhie:
Uzowihe was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year. Uzowihe led the Big South in both tackles-for-loss with a career-high 17.0 and sacks with 8.0. Uzowihe led the Big South in tackles for loss in back-to-back seasons.