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Buffalo Bills tried to bolster defensive line depth through waivers

Bills put in failed waiver claims on DT T.Y. McGill and DE Mario Edwards

After Saturday’s cut-down day, NFL teams were forced to reduce their rosters to 53 which meant that some talented players were out there on waivers. One team’s trash is another team’s treasure, and in the case of the Buffalo Bills, the team attempted to bolster its defensive line, only to lose out on a pair of waiver claims.

The Bills put in failed waiver claims on defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, who ultimately was claimed by the Los Angeles Chargers, and on defensive end Mario Edwards, who ultimately was claimed by the New York Giants. Both teams were ahead of Buffalo in the pecking order thanks to the Bills’ playoff run a year ago.

The lingering groin injury suffered by Trent Murphy, which has forced him to be limited throughout training camp, could be seen as the motivating factor behind the moves to add depth on the defensive line. Murphy , who missed last year with an ACL injury after recording nine sacks in 2016, was out there participating with his teammates during Monday’s practice session.

Former Bills linebacker Tanner Vallejo, who was among the 34 players the team cut Saturday, drew interest from the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins, but the Cleveland Browns ultimately earned the rights to Vallejo by virtue of their supremely bad record a year ago.