The Buffalo Bills traded for cornerback Rasul Douglas before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline and signed versatile veteran Leonard Fournette to bolster the running back room for the stretch run of the 2023 NFL season.
While those were the only two moves the Bills made, there was another one that received a lot of speculation leading up to the deadline: that Buffalo would move on from 2022 first-round draft pick CB Kaiir Elam.
In today’s edition of the Buffalo Rumblinks, we hear from Bills general manager Brandon Beane on how the trade for Douglas came to be, why the team still has faith in Elam, and why the Bills are “still forming” their identity heading into Week 9.
Beane on Douglas deal, keeping Kaiir and why Bills are still forming their identity
During a 25-minute news conference Wednesday, Beane broke down how the deal for Rasul Douglas materialized just one hour before the trade deadline, why Douglas and Fournette were great additions to the team, why he still believes in Elam’s abilities despite an up-and-down first 18 months with the team, how Buffalo is still forming their identity, and why the Bills are still kicking the tires on bringing in more defensive tackle depth.
- Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane talks Rasul Douglas trade, Josh Allen does not practice - Buffalo News
- Buffalo Bills GM scoured trade market for cornerback: Why and how he landed Rasul Douglas - newyorkupstate.com
- ‘The best move for us’ | Bills GM Brandon Beane on what CB Rasul Douglas & RB Leonard Fournette add to the team - BuffaloBills.com
- Brandon Beane says he’s not giving up on Kaiir Elam, but CB could land on shelf - Buffalo News
- Ryan O’Halloran: Brandon Beane says Bills ‘still forming’ identity. Is that good or bad? - Buffalo News
- LISTEN: Beane believes in Bills to find their identity - WGR 550
- Bills added two players this week, but still looking to add depth at another position - Democrat & Chronicle
QB Josh Allen misses practice to rest right shoulder
Quarterback Josh Allen is dealing with soreness in his right (throwing shoulder), and he sat out Buffalo’s Wednesday practice session. For fans worried about Allen’s availability, the dynamic QB said “If the game was today, I’m playing.” Plus, newly acquired cornerback Rasul Douglas got an interesting injury designation after arriving to his new team: “Just got here.”
- Bills Notebook: Josh Allen misses first practice of regular season to rest right shoulder - Buffalo News
- Allen doesn’t practice; Douglas, Fournette make Bills debuts - WGR 550
- Bills QB Josh Allen misses practice to rest injured shoulder - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills blog
- ‘If the game was today, I’m playing’ | Bills QB Josh Allen confident he’ll play vs. Bengals despite missing Wednesday practice - BuffaloBills.com
- Josh Allen rests shoulder at Bills practice | News 4 Buffalo
- Josh Allen explains why he sat out practice ahead of Bengals game with shoulder injury - newyorkupstate.com
- Josh Allen misses Bills practice with injured shoulder; Rasul Douglas listed as ‘just got here’ - Democrat & Chronicle
- Bills offer comedic update on Rasul Douglas in injury report - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills blog
- Bills Mafia reacts to Rasul Douglas landing on injury report for funniest reason possible - newyorkupstate.com
Even more Bills news
We learn how Buffalo Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson was named Buffalo’s 2023 Salute to Service nominee for his outstanding work in the military community, discover how bankers doubted former President Donald Trump’s bid to buy the Bills in 2014 would be approved, hear from the national media on Buffalo’s trade for cornerback Rasul Douglas, and more!
- Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson named 2023 Salute to Service Nominee - BuffaloBills.com
- As Trump tried to buy Buffalo, bankers doubted he’d get NFL’s OK, emails show at fraud trial - Buffalo News
- National media on where the Bills stand in NFL Power Rankings, reactions to Rasul Douglas trade - BuffaloBills.com
- Buffalo Bills Legends Ryan Fitzpatrick & Stevie Johnson Reunite After 11 Years | Inside the Charge - BuffaloBills.com
- New Bills running back jokes with new teammate he once fought on field - newyorkupstate.com
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