May 11, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills safety Nick Saenz (16) runs during rookie mini camp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
The Buffalo Bills on Monday afternoon confirmed that they'd signed 2010 seventh-round pick Dorin Dickerson after his tryout during last weekend's rookie mini-camp. The team also added another tryout player, safety Nick Saenz, to the roster, and signed offensive tackle James Carmon, an undrafted free agent from Mississippi State.
As we discussed this morning, Dickerson was a tight end and fullback in college, but the Houston Texans moved him to wide receiver upon drafting him, leaving his position with the Bills up in the air. The Bills have provided clarity on that front: he'll be a tight end playing off of the line of scrimmage, similar to the way players like Aaron Hernandez are utilized.
Head on in after the jump for a bit more on Dickerson, as well as some useful info on Saenz and Carmon. To make room for the new players, the team needed to release two members of the current roster; those players were quarterback Aaron Corp and safety Ian Wild.
Dickerson gives the Bills an unusual athlete to fill a role that, really, didn't exist for the team prior to his signing. One could argue that Dickerson has the potential utility of a David Nelson type in Chan Gailey's passing attack - a slot player that can be put in motion, or even motion into the backfield as a lead blocker - but in a more versatile athletic package. That's not to say that Nelson's role would be usurped; far from it. It's merely saying that if Dickerson shows well in camp and earns playing time, he's got the athletic chops to succeed in this league, and the right coach to find a role for him. This is a highly intriguing signing, friends.
The Saenz signing is interesting in that it adds another player to the team's iffy depth situation at safety. When the 2012 NFL Draft concluded, the team went out and added a couple of well-known, big-school safeties in Delano Howell (Stanford) and Nick Sukay (Penn State). The problem was that the players they brought in were better fits as in-the-box strong safety types, meaning that the lone free safety behind starter Jairus Byrd was converted quarterback Joshua Nesbitt. Adding the 6'0", 195-pound Saenz, who made 52 starts predominantly at free safety for Houston, makes a lot of sense.
Carmon is the prototypical Buddy Nix flier as far as offensive linemen go: he's huge (6'6", 330 pounds) with solid athleticism for his size. He's an intriguing story because he's a converted defensive tackle that's just getting his feet wet on the offensive line, similar to 2011 seventh-round pick Michael Jasper.
With these moves out of the way, Buffalo's roster currently sits at 90 players - the maximum allowed by the league. Barring something unforeseen, their roster is set heading into July's training camp.