Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Bills opt for project over O-line veteran
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Injuries forced the Buffalo Bills to execute three roster moves that make them younger and underscore a rebuilding effort.
Rather than sign some veteran help to replace injured right tackle Brad Butler, the Bills cherry-picked rookie Jamon Meredith off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad.
The Bills worked out veteran right tackle Jon Runyan before their season opener. Their starter the previous two seasons, Langston Walker, hasn't found work since they cut him three weeks ago. Eight-year starter Damion McIntosh, who didn't make the Kansas City Chiefs' final roster, also is available.
Meredith, despite being a fifth-round draft choice, wasn't good enough to make a very thin roster. The Packers selected him with the 162nd overall pick acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots along with the 26th overall pick for the Packers' 41st, 73rd and 83rd picks.
Meredith mostly played tackle at South Carolina but finished as a guard. Half of his 38 collegiate starts were at left tackle. He also started eight games at left guard his senior season.
The Bills also placed starting tight end Derek Schouman on injured reserve, rendering his season over.
Schouman is Buffalo's leading receiver after running back Fred Jackson. Schouman made nine catches for 103 yards in the first two games.
The Bills promoted Johnathan Stupar from their practice squad. In the preseason, he led the NFL with 19 receptions for 184 yards and a touchdown. But the Bills elected to keep Schouman, Derek Fine and fourth-round draft pick Shawn Nelson.