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Bills add two more to practice squad

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Buffalo adds solid small-school athletes in LB Fields and S Parms.

With preparations for Week 1 against the Ravens already underway, then Bills have continued to add bodies to their practice squad. Yesterday, the team signed linebacker Carlos Fields and safety Damian Parms, adding depth and potential special teams help in the event of injury.

Fields went undrafted in 2014 out of Winston-Salem State University. A former running back, he added 30 pounds over the course of his college career, bulking up from 215 lbs. to 248 lbs. His speed and versatility are certainly intriguing, as he was clocked at 4.47 in the 40-yard dash prior to the 2014 draft, and he described himself as both a 4-3 outside linebacker and 3-4 inside linebacker. His statistics are limited, but he totaled 93 tackles in 2013 at WSSU. As a member of the Redskins in 2015, he appeared in 5 games, totaling 4 tackles.

Parms is a phenomenal athlete, having played at Florida Atlantic University. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons. In college, he totaled 186 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three forced fumbles, one interception, and eight passes defensed in 43 games. Athletically, he has great strength, throwing up 21 bench reps at the 2015 combine,and great size (6’2”, 210 lbs., with “long arms and big hands”). Although he lacks elite speed and hip swivel, his positive measurables make him an intriguing addition to the practice squad.

The team has now filled 9 of its 10 practice squad slots for the 2016 season.