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Buffalo Bills news, 10/9: analyzing the roster moves

The Buffalo Bills are shuffling the chairs all over their roster and some local folks take a look at the game film. All in today's links.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - JW: All-22 - Thaddeus Lewis

"Thad Lewis did not look overmatched in his NFL debut. He made a number of quick decisions with the football, and put his play makers in a position to run after the catch several times. He was working with Greg Little, Ben Watson, Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Upon Further Review: Bills At Browns

Jeff Tuel and Colin Brown had a terrible day, and most of Buffalo's offense was mediocre to bad when the Bills fell to the Browns, says Joe Buscaglia. Kiko Alonso, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus paced the defense as Justin Rogers and Aaron Williams both had days to forget.

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Bills add LB Powell and CB Smith to 53-man roster -
"Powell (6-3, 250) is a former seventh-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks this past spring. Smith has been on the team’s practice squad since September 10. Smith joined the Bills after being released by the Green Bay Packers on September 1st."

Bills add QB Dennis Dixon to practice squad -
"He has appeared in four NFL games in his career, with the last game action coming in the 2010 season for Pittsburgh. In limited NFL action Dixon has completed just over 59 percent of his passes with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also has a rushing touchdown in his career."

Marquise Goodwin playing catch up -
"It felt alright," Goodwin told "I’m just trying to get back into the motion of catching it. I’m just trying to get my hand used to the impact of the ball. For the most part it went pretty well catching last week. I’m just looking forward to building off of it and getting better each day."

Bills Focus: Jim Leonhard Wired for Sound - VIDEO -
"Listen in to Safety Jim Leonhard when the Bills faced the Browns last Thursday night."

Inside The Bills | Moorman in sync with Crossman’s approach
"His philosophies of the alley and things like that I really, really like," said Moorman. "Obviously, as punters, we always want hang time, we always put a watch on the ball. Being in the weather that we’re in here, sometimes it’s easier than others-the wind will knock it down or whatever.

Inside The Bills | Prepping from the practice squad
"Thad has looked really good in practice. Your practice squad quarterbacks are generally going to get more reps throughout the year than your backup because he’s running the other team’s offense," Wood said. "I think they liked a lot of what they saw in Thad throughout the season in the show team reps."

Inside The Bills | 8 man fronts expected by Bills offense
"You’ve got to throw them out of it or you have to be effective running the ball," Wood said. "Our backs have done a great job of making people miss and C.J. (Spiller) showed last week if you put that safety down there and he misfits on a hole that’s a big time play."

‘Legend of Kiko’ continues to grow for Bills - Sports - The Buffalo News
"I don’t really think about that at all," Alonso said of so quickly becoming a fan favorite. "It doesn’t affect anything that I do. It’s great to get support, but it doesn’t change anything."

Bills have attempted second-fewest kickoff returns in NFL - Press Coverage - The Buffalo News
"The Bills have just four kick returns through the first five weeks of the season. Only the Atlanta Falcons, with three, have fewer attempts."

Next man up at QB: Thad Lewis - Democrat and Chronicle
"Without Kemp, the Bills were stuck with Dan Darragh, Kay Stephenson, Tom Flores, and emergency man Ed Rutkowski as their quarterbacks, a foursome that combined for seven TD passes and 28 interceptions. Thus, you can understand 1-12-1."

Power Rankings: No. 23 Buffalo Bills - ESPN
"That may have played a part in ESPN senior NFL writer John Clayton's vote; he placed the Bills as high as No. 21 on his list. ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley had them ranked the lowest at No. 26."

Mike Zimmer 'impressed' with Bills quarterback Thad Lewis - Cincy Jungle
"From what I've seen so far I've been impressed" Zimmer said. "He's got quick feet. It looks like he makes quick decisions. I'm sure they'll be running some of the zone read-option kind of things and some of the screens. We're going to have to be on our p's and q's of where we rush him and not letting him get out of the pocket. It looks like he has a nice strong arm and a quick release."

Former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason will call Bengals game this weekend - Cincy Jungle
"Sorry, Buffalo fans."

Bengals-Bills: First look | |
Said Lewis of facing the Bengals: "I watched a little bit (of the New England game). In certain situations, they have a great front. If you get yourself in the right protections and get the ball out quick, hopefully you can limit yourself to some of those areas."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Schopp: How Big Is The Drop-off?
Buffalo's offense hasn't been very good with EJ Manuel. So why are fans so worried about the drop-off to Thad Lewis?