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Buffalo Bills sign Ellis Lankster, release Lavelle Westbrooks

Lankster, the former 2009 draft pick of the Bills, re-joins the team that brought him into the NFL with the head coach that turned him into a viable pro with the Jets.

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The Buffalo Bills have signed another former New York Jets project of Rex Ryan. Ellis Lankster, cornerback and former seventh-round pick of the Bills, was added to the roster on Monday, and he took part in his first practice of the year against the Cleveland Browns.

Lankster was a 2009 NFL Draft pick of the Bills, most remembered for two interceptions in a preseason game against Chicago. Injuries forced him into playing time as a rookie, where he ended the season with five tackles.

He was cut at the end of the 2010 preseason, spending a year in the CFL before joining Ryan's Jets. After bouncing on and off the roster in 2011, he played in 30 games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Lankster was not a top defender in New York, but in both seasons played a key role on special teams. If he makes the roster in Buffalo, it will be for that reason.

To make room on the roster, cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks was released. He was on the roster for one week.