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Buffalo Bills sign Ravens WR Deonte Thompson, per reports

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The Buffalo Bills have been struggling in the return department since Leodis McKelvin went on IR, and Thompson - when officially signed - might be the team's latest stab at improving in that department.

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The Buffalo Bills continue to tinker with their roster heading into Week 15, with both Aaron Wilson and Mike Rodak reporting that the team has signed receiver Deonte Thompson off of the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.

As of the time this post was written, the move had not been confirmed or announced by the Bills; when that happens, there will need to be a reciprocating player release to free up Thompson's spot on the 53-man roster. Given that Thompson, a third-year pro out of Florida, is most experienced as a kick returner, it seems fair to speculate that Marcus Thigpen might be the odd man out - although there are a few injured players that could be placed on IR to clear room, as well.

Update: in fact, the corresponding roster move was to waive/injure veteran receiver Mike Williams.

In his four-year career at Florida, the 6'0", 203-pound Thompson accumulated 1,444 yards from scrimmage - all of it through the air - and nine touchdowns. He was not selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, but his 4.31-second 40-yard dash speed landed him in Baltimore, where he has spent the past three seasons as a developmental player. In 2012 and 2013 combined, he returned 22 kicks for 590 yards (26.8 yards per return), and also added 15 receptions for 147 yards.

Again, stay tuned, because the Bills will need to make a player release in order to officially bring Thompson on board.