The Buffalo Bills made a couple of intriguing, depth-oriented roster moves on Tuesday, claiming center Dalton Freeman and linebacker Kevin Reddick off of waivers from the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, respectively.
Freeman, a third-year pro and former undrafted free agent out of Clemson, spent his first two NFL seasons playing for Bills head coach Rex Ryan with the Jets. The 6'5", 291-pound Freeman spent his rookie season in 2013 on the practice squad, then last season as an interior-line backup. Buffalo lacks a true center option behind Eric Wood, and as such, Freeman has a pretty good chance at making the Bills' final roster, where he could unseat a player like Kraig Urbik or Cyril Richardson along the way.
Reddick is likely a name more familiar to Bills fans, as he was a well-regarded linebacker prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ultimately, however, he went undrafted despite a fair amount of pre-draft buzz; he latched on with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent and appeared in all 16 games that season, chiefly as a special teams player. The Saints parted ways with him last fall, however, and he spent time a year ago with St. Louis and San Diego, appearing in two games for the Chargers. Carolina signed him off of a practice squad late in the 2014 season, but waived him this week. He adds an interesting pedigree to a Bills linebacker depth chart that is currently missing Tony Steward with a knee injury, and which features only A.J. Tarpley behind its two starters. Reddick, too, has a legitimate chance to make Buffalo's 53-man roster.
In order to make room for Freeman and Reddick on the 75-man roster, the Bills waived-injured rookie tackle Tyson Chandler, and released Western New York native linebacker Jimmy Gaines.