Buffalo trims roster to 53, no surprises

Buffalo cut a slew of players Saturday, making minimal headway. A handful of free agent pickups never delivered, while one once-promising running back fumbled away his opportunity.

Nothing groundbreaking here. The Buffalo Bills sliced their roster to 53 Saturday with minimal coffee-spewing surprises.

Just the expected casualties.

Three free agent pickups initially considered as potential contributors were let go: tight end Courtney Anderson, cornerback Will James and linebacker Donnie Spragan.

Also, running back Dwayne Wright got the axe, thus securing Xavier Omon's role as team's No. 3 back.

The other cuts were LB Jon Banks, LB Marcus Buggs, LB Blake Costanzo, OL Dustin Dickinson, OT Patrick Estes, FB Jonathan Evans, OL Robert Felton, DB Dustin Fox, OL Christian Gaddis, RB Bruce Hall, WR Felton Huggins, DT Jason Jefferson, DE Derrick Jones, DT Corey Mace, TE Tim Massaquoi, WR Scott Mayle, OL Nevin McCaskill, DT Teraz McCray and RB Dwayne Wright.

James, signed as the assumed nickel cornerback for this season from Philadelphia, often failed in man-to-man situations during camp and the preseason. Ashton Youboty's impressive play, which included a lights-out performance in the finale, sealed James' fate to the waiver wire.

Anderson had the opportunity to steal the No. 1 job at tight end. Buffalo failed the land Alge Crumpler or another high-profile tight end in free agency, settling on the journeyman Anderson. Despite a dream frame (6-foot-6, 270 pounds), Anderson never distinguished himself in the pack. Rookie Derek Fine provided a better long-term option at the position. The decision to release both Anderson and Massaquoi was tad surprising because Fine and Derek Schouman are both questionable for the Bills' season opener. In the end, two below-par veterans at the position was simply dead weight.

Wright was the goal-line darling this time last year – a bowling ball the team could insert inside the 5. A convenient bash to Marshawn Lynch's dash.

Hype never materialized, though.

The 2007 fourth-round pick Wright was cut Saturday, two days after a night-to-forget. Wright fumbled for the third time against Detroit on Thursday, while never showing the burst the Bills thought they were getting. Against the Lions in his make-or-break showcase, Wright was tackled in the end zone for a safety and gained only 11 yards on eight carries (1.4 avg.).

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