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TONY’S TAKE: FIVE THOUGHTS ON THE BILLS’ 2019 ROSTER CUTS

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 24: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates his touchdown with Jordan Mills #79 of the Buffalo Bills against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at New Era Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

It sure seemed as if Captain Munnerlyn had done enough to make Buffalo’s initial 53-man roster, but the ex-Carolina Panther didn’t survive the cut-down process. Given his knowledge of Sean McDermott’s defensive scheme, it would make sense for him to come back in Week Two with his contract not guaranteed….. I thought Deon Lacey had also done enough to stick around. He was a decent special teams player and provided good depth behind Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Milano and Lorenzo Alexander, but apparently the Bills didn’t feel the same way. Whether it was due to his performance or simply being caught up in a numbers game, Lacey is now a member of the Miami Dolphins….. Ray-Ray McCloud didn’t stand out during the opening part of the Bills’ offseason but turned it on during the preseason. Nevertheless, he was cut due to a crowded depth chart at wide receiver and was claimed off waivers by the Panthers….. Whoever gave Tyree Jackson the advice to declare for the NFL draft was a fool. Jackson struggled throughout the offseason and didn’t really look the part of an NFL quarterback. He’ll work out for the Detroit Lions soon, but I’m not sure if he’ll have what it takes to stick there either. Jackson should have stayed at UB for one more season….. On one hand it’s a bit of a surprise that LeSean McCoy was released because the Bills talked him up all offseason of still having some gas left in the tank, but on the other, the writing was on the wall. McCoy might have one or two years left in his career at the maximum, and with a backfield that included his eventual successor in Devin Singletary, a future Hall of Famer in Frank Gore and the versatile T.J. Yeldon, it made more sense to wipe McCoy’s $9 million salary off of Buffalo’s salary cap and start fresh. Whether or not last season’s dismal campaign was more his fault or the offensive line’s – it’s the classic “what came first, the chicken or the egg” question – is up for debate, but as well as McCoy played for the Bills in the past, the past is the past. He’s not what he was in his prime and the current member of the Kansas City Chiefs can be replaced by his former employer in a multitude of ways.

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