With a week to go before the NFL season kicks off two big things happen around the league. The first is that we see all the teams making cuts to get their rosters down to that magical 53 or even less. The second is that, with so many cuts taking place around the league, the waiver wire goes crazy with teams picking up players just released hours earlier. This week on the AFC East roundup we will be looking at some interesting signings that the teams made while working their roster to 53.
The Bills made two interesting claims to note, adding two guys from division rival, New England. The first is cornerback Ryan Lewis who was on the Patriots practice squad last season. The six foot corner is hoping to find his spot in a secondary that has been shaky at times in the preseason. The other claim was Corey Bojorquez who is expected to be the starting punter after the team released Colton Schmidt. Bojorquez did not have a single punt in the preseason but he does kick with his left foot which sometimes proves challenging for returners. Buffalo is hoping to get a similar magic like the Patriots do when they take on former Bills.
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The Pats tried to bolster their wide reciever group singing Amara Darboh and Chad Hansen. They have been looking for new threats on the outside after Erik Decker announced his retirement earlier in the week. Both players were drafted in 2017 and are both 6’2” adding some size for Tom Brady to look at. Something to note that even though he has not been signed, there has been rumors of the team targeting former Bill, Brandon Reilly which would drive Bills fans crazy, especially after the success of Chris Hogan.
The Jets decided to stay in house with their roster, electing to just make the necessary roster moves to get to 53 without signing or claiming any outside players. All ten of the players on the practice squad where also on the team at some point in the offseason so New York was confident with all of the players they brought in during the offseason. After trading Teddy Bridgewater earlier in the week, it will be the Sam Darnold show with Josh McCown as the backup.
Miami added two players to their rosters off waivers in quarterback Luke Falk and receiver Tanner McEvoy. Falk was a sixth-round pick of the Titans this year after playing three seasons at Washington State. McEvoy has been on the Seahawks the last two seasons after coming out as an undrafted free agent. A surprising cut from the team was tackle Sam Young. The nine-year veteran was looking to have a solid role on the team but may return after Week 1 when veteran’s salaries are not fully guaranteed.