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Buffalo Bills claim DT Jordan Phillips off waivers, release DT Robert Thomas

The Bills announced some back end roster shuffling on the defensive line

The Buffalo Bills announced a pair of personnel moves on Wednesday, creating some shuffling on the defensive line. The Bills have claimed defensive tackle Jordan Phillips off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins.

Jordan Phillips was the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Selected by Miami, Phillips was not able to consistently crack the starting lineup. Phillips appeared in 48 games in his three and a quarter years with the Dolphins, starting 26. Phillips has 5.5 sacks, 53 combined tackles, 11 passes defended and an interception. Phillips was released following the Dolphins’ loss to the New England Patriots this past Sunday. Phillips seemed unhappy with the Dolphins, with a reported sideline outburst during the recent loss. After his release, Phillips posted “Free at last free at last.”

Here’s a quick scouting report from our own Dan Lavoie: “Phillips is huge and athletic, and a former second round pick, but like Adolphus Washington, he had a tendency to fluctuate between splash plays and invisibility on the field. If he can make it onto the active roster, he’d be a primary backup to Star lotulelei and allow Harrison Phillips to work more at 3-tech.”

To make room for Phillips, the Bills announced the release of defensive tackle Robert Thomas. The Long Day for Thomas likely began some time after 3AM, as the Bills decided to Push him from the roster. As always, we wish our departing Bills the best and may Thomas be Overjoyed when he moves past These Hard Times.