The Bills have released kickoff specialist Jordan Gay and promoted tight end Gerald Christian from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for tomorrow’s contest against the Oakland Raiders.
We've promoted TE Gerald Christian to the roster. K Jordan Gay has been released.— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 3, 2016
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This could be the final run for Gay on the Bills’ roster. It’s the fourth time the Bills have cut him over the last two seasons, this time coming after a rough outing on a windy day at New Era Field (side note: I still have to stop myself from calling it The Ralph) against the Jaguars. Three of his five kickoffs were returned, including one ugly one at the end of the first half that was fielded at the 15-yard line.
Dan Carpenter might have a weak leg, but he only takes up one roster spot. Of course, considering that the team’s next three games are at home followed by a season-ending trip to New York, the harsh December wind might necessitate a big leg for kickoffs. Either way, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the team went out this offseason and grabbed either a kicker or a punter who can handle the task along with his regular job.
Christian is now on his third stint on the active roster. He sees sparse playing time, however, and is a good bet to remain inactive unless the team needs help blocking on the edge. Given the presence of converted quarterback Logan Thomas on the depth chart, it’s likely that tomorrow will be his last chance to sniff the playing field, barring injury.