The Buffalo Bills added running back Travaris Cadet to the roster on Saturday. To make room, the team also placed injured running back and special teams player Taiwan Jones on injured reserve.
Cadet is a veteran of five NFL seasons, having entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. He played his college ball at Appalachian State. While in college, he was mostly used as a kick returner, returning 60 kicks for 1,376 yards (22.9 yards per return) and change-of-pace running back. He also rushed for 1,688 yards on 336 carries, good for 5 yards per tote. He caught 57 passes for 572 yards. As a professional, Cadet has played for the Saints, the New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers, and most recently, the New York Jets. He appeared in three games this season with the Jets, catching 3 passes for 26 yards and rushing once for 3 yards in a Week 6 loss to the Patriots.
Jones broke his arm late in Thursday night’s disappointing 34-21 defeat at the Meadowlands. The injury will sideline him for the rest of the 2017 season. His one offensive gain was a big one, as he picked up 11 yards on a third down late in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that helped Buffalo set up Stephen Hauschka’s game-winning field goal. His main contribution has been on special teams, where he played 57.2% of the team’s snaps thus far.
In his NFL career, Cadet has 105 receptions for 866 yards and 7 touchdowns; he has only gained 87 rushing yards on 27 carries. His ability to play special teams, however, is a big draw to Buffalo’s coaching staff.