Today, the Buffalo Bills shocked everyone by releasing RB Jonathan Williams and LB Gerald Hodges. Both surprising moves.
Williams surprises me a lot since he had a great camp and preseason. He had the potential to be the next starting RB for Buffalo after LeSean McCoy. I’m not a huge fan of this move, especially with how he’s been playing recently. During the preseason, Williams totaled 5.8 yards per carry, 3.6 were after first contact, also breaking 5 tackles on 21 attempts. He also rushed for 121 yards on 21 attempts. The only backup RBs currently left on Buffalo’s roster are Mike Tolbert, Joe Banyard, and Taiwan Jones. Williams was believed to be the Bills primary back behind McCoy.
Hodges surprises me a lot as well. Buffalo went from having a stacked LB core to a position with hardly any depth. Hodges signed a 1 year/$855,000 deal that also pays/$80,000 in signing bonuses with Buffalo on May 25th. He was projected to be the backup to Ramon Humber at the WILB position. Buffalo now has rookie LBs Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo, along with recently signed Deon Lacey as their backup LBs. Hodges started in 15 games and appeared in 12 games for San Francisco last season. Buffalo is trying to get faster at the LB position, which could be the reason he was released.
The team also announced the release of WR Corey “Philly” Brown. To fill the roster spots, the team announced the signings of LB Deon Lacey, TE Khari Lee, and OT Conor McDermott.
Buffalo signed Brown to a 1 year deal on March 12th. Brown never really stood out from the other WRs in camp and preseason, leading to his release from Buffalo. He totaled 276 yards and 1 TD for Carolina last season while starting 8 games. Buffalo now has Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, Brandon Tate, recently acquired Kaelin Clay, and Andre Holmes as the 5 receivers on their roster.