The Bills are set to have one of their 2019 starting offensive linemen back. Despite suffering a torn pectoral muscle in late July, Jon Feliciano is back on Buffalo’s active roster.
Feliciano will come off IR, per the Bills on Tuesday, and return to the team’s 53-man roster. The Bills waived linebacker Deon Lacey to make room.
A former Raiders backup, Feliciano helped the Bills make a significant improvement up front in 2019. He started 16 games for the playoff-bound squad. Feliciano, a 2015 fourth-round pick who signed a two-year deal with the Bills in 2019, returned to practice earlier this month.
Returning to game action after three months would represent a solid recovery pace after a torn pec. This would also be a bonus for a Bills team that is already somewhat deep up front.
However, this year’s team ranks 29th in rushing after seven games. Last year’s Bills finished eighth on the ground. This season, the Bills have used 2019 second-round pick Cody Ford and ex-Jet Brian Winters at guard. Despite Buffalo’s 5-2 record, Football Outsiders grades its offensive line 30th in adjusted line yards.
September 19th, 2020 at 5:45pm CST by Sam Robinson
Here are Saturday’s minor moves. There are many, as teams take advantage of the rule change allowing 55-man rosters ahead of regular-season games. Teams can dress 48 players for games this season, up from 46.
Listed below are the Sunday roster moves for the four AFC East teams. Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline yesterday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters, claiming players off waivers or signing guys who clear waivers. Those transactions for the Bills, Dolphins, Jets and Patriots are noted below.
Additionally, teams can begin constructing their 10-man practice squads today. You can check out our glossary entry on practice squads to brush up on those changes, as well as all the other guidelines that govern the 10-man units, whose players practice with the team but aren’t eligible to suit up on Sundays.
Here are Sunday’s AFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.
The Bills dropped a host of players on Saturday to reach the 53-man limit, but they also carved out spots by other means. Fifth-round linebacker Vosean Joseph (shoulder) and running back Senorise Perry (quad) were placed on IR while undrafted linebacker Tyrell Dodson was placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list.
Lacey was scheduled to become an exclusive-rights free agent, so the deal doesn’t mean a whole lot on its own. However, the Bills have made a concerted effort to re-sign their own free agents in recent weeks. After inking Lacey to a new deal for 2019, the Bills have only a handful of free agents left to address: