AFC East: Landon Cohen

Following up on Orton, Bills' moves

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The Buffalo Bills got a head start on trimming their roster to 53 players, making 13 roster moves Friday.

Yet it's the one they haven't yet announced -- agreeing to terms with quarterback Kyle Orton -- that could have the biggest effect.

Here are some thoughts on that move and where the Bills stand entering Saturday's cut-down deadline at 4 p.m. ET:

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Best backup QB available: For the time being, Orton was the best backup option on the open market. Like the Bills' hire of Jim Schwartz this offseason, when Schwartz was the best available defensive coordinator, it's a move that should be applauded. It took the Bills longer than it should have, but their backup quarterback situation is better than it was earlier this summer. It would have been more ideal if Orton was in Buffalo sooner and could have learned the playbook, but at 31, he's more experienced and a better bet if EJ Manuel suffers an injury.

Spotlight still on Manuel: Unless the Bills change their tune down the road, Orton isn't going to challenge Manuel for the starting job. So while they have one of the NFL's better backup quarterbacks, the Bills' overall quarterback situation still isn't where it needs to be. A few days ago, it was the worst in the NFL. Now it's in the bottom-third. It's hard to place the Bills' quarterback group any higher than that until Manuel proves in the regular season some of his preseason woes were a fluke or the product of a "vanilla" offense.

Punting situation problematic: The Bills cut veteran punter Brian Moorman after he ended the preseason with two sub-par performances. While the team claimed punter/kicker Jordan Gay off waivers, he only punted once in Thursday's game. The Bills didn't feel as though he was "ready" to punt yet and wanted to evaluate him more as a kickoff specialist. Whether that changes in the next eight days is not known. One way or the other, the Bills will need a punter for their opener in Chicago. Expect them to keep an eye on the waiver wire and try some players out. They had a similar situation at kicker around this time last season and struck gold with Dan Carpenter.

Parting with Cohen: Of the Bills' 13 roster moves Friday, the most surprising may have been the release of defensive tackle Landon Cohen. He quickly earned praised after signing early in training camp, proving to be a disruptive player in some of the Bills' preseason games. There are a few important factors to remember with Cohen: (1) He played mostly against lesser competition later in games, (2) He's a seventh-year, journeyman veteran who remained a free agent most of this offseason and should be available if needed during the regular season, and (3) The Bills likely only need two backups at defensive tackle and those roles were filled by Stefan Charles and Corbin Bryant. Cohen was a nice story during the preseason but he wouldn't have seen much, if any, playing time in the regular season.

Urbik on block? The Bills have already placed wide receiver T.J. Graham on the trade block, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, but he may not be the only player. Guard Kraig Urbik, who started 16 games last season, could also be available, according to a tweet from CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. The Bills seemingly tried everything they could do to push Urbik out of the starting lineup this preseason, shuffling players in and out of his right guard spot. Eventually the return of Cordy Glenn at left tackle had the trickle-down effect of moving Erik Pears to right guard. That could be the final blow to Urbik.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- When the Buffalo Bills take the field for their second practice of training camp Monday, there will be a familiar face back in the mix.

Naaman Roosevelt, who played in 16 games with the Bills in 2010 and 2011, was re-signed Monday. Roosevelt is a Buffalo native who played at the University at Buffalo. He was released by the Detroit Lions last week.

The Bills also signed well-traveled defensive tackle Landon Cohen. A seventh-round pick of the Lions in 2008, Cohen played in 40 career games, making eight starts. He was most recently with the Chicago Bears but has also spent time in Dallas, Philadelphia, Arizona, New England, Seattle, and Jacksonville.

To make room for both players, the Bills waived wide receiver Ramses Barden and linebacker Nathan Williams, who were both long shots to make the final roster.

Jaguars at Bills inactives

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Here are the scratches from Sunday afternoon's game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium:

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