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Buffalo Bills claim Matt Simms on waivers, release Jeff Tuel

Simms, the son of Giants great Phil Simms, follows head coach Rex Ryan to the Bills from the Jets, in a roundabout way.

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After being waived by the New York Jets on Thursday, fourth-year quarterback Matt Simms has been awarded to the Buffalo Bills. In order o make room for Simms on their 90-man roster, the team has released third-year quarterback Jeff Tuel. Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post had the scoop.

Simms, who will turn 27 in September, has spent the entirety of his career with the Jets - and by extension, head coach Rex Ryan - since going undrafted out of Tennessee in 2012. His most extensive action came during the 2013 season as an in-game fill-in for a struggling Geno Smith, and his lone career touchdown pass came in garbage time during a 37-14 road loss to his new employers at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Tuel had been with the Bills since the 2013 season, making one start and one fill-in performance during his rookie season as the sole backup to EJ Manuel. He spent last season on the practice squad, and was running a distant fourth in the pecking order among Bills quarterbacks during OTAs this spring. Simms will now assume that role in Buffalo.