Trae Elston

Dolphins Cut Roster To 53

The Miami Dolphins are the latest team to cut their roster all the way down to the required 53 players. Here are their latest moves:

Waived:

Waived/Injured

Terminated vested veteran

Overall, not too many surprises. It looks like the Dolphins will be keeping three quarterbacks, with both Brock Osweiler and David Fales making the team.

Dolphins Move Michael Thomas To IR

Michael Thomas‘ Dolphins contract expires after Week 17, and the fifth-year safety will not be participating in Sunday’s game against the Bills.

The Dolphins announced they placed Thomas on IR. He had been recovering from a PCL injury and missed the previous two Miami games. The Dolphins claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers from the Bills to take Thomas’ roster spot.

Thomas played this season on an RFA tender ($1.797MM). He will be a UFA this coming March. The former UDFA who’s been a part-time starter the past three seasons posted a message to Dolphins fans on Twitter. Thomas played 179 defensive snaps this season, and Pro Football Focus graded those fairly well despite the Stanford product being categorized as a part-time performer.

A 2016 UDFA, Elston played in 13 games for the Bills this season after beginning his season with the Eagles. Elston is under contract for next season, giving the Dolphins a chance at an offseason evaluation for potential safety depth.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 12/28/17

Here are today’s minor moves around the NFL:

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans

 

Here are today’s practice squad updates:

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Signed: K Jonathan Brown

Houston Texans

  • Signed: OG Erik Austell
  • Released: OG Dorian Johnson

Bills Activate Colt Anderson From IR

The Bills will welcome back another defender for their Week 17 matchup vs. the Dolphins. The team announced on Thursday afternoon that they had activated safety Colt Anderson from the injured reserve and released safety Trae Elston in a corresponding roster move.

Colt Anderson

Anderson, 32, last played for the Bills back in Week 4 against the Falcons. He fractured his forearm in the contest and has been recovering on IR for the majority of the season. It’s been a rough past few years for Anderson in terms of injuries. The eight-year vet missed most of last year after breaking his left arm early on in his 2016 campaign. However, he’s referred to by Bills coaches as a “core special teamer”, which should help to limit big plays in a game that has playoff implications for the franchise.

Anderson will back up safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde in the defensive backfield on Sunday. The Bills enter Week 17 with the possibility of making the playoffs for the first time since 1999 with a win and some help.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 10/3/17

Today’s minor moves:

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

New Orleans Saints

Tennessee Titans

Eagles Promote DT Justin Hamilton, Waive S Trae Elston

With Fletcher Cox set to miss tomorrow’s game against the Chargers, the Eagles have added some depth on the defensive line. According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan (via Twitter), the team has promoted defensive tackle Justin Hamilton from the practice squad. To make room, the team has waived safety Trae Elston.

Trae Elston (vertical)Hamilton has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Louisiana–Lafayette in 2015. The 24-year-old has already spent time with the Bills, Packers, and Seahawks during his brief career, although he’s yet to get into an NFL game. The defensive tackle signed a futures contract with Philly back in January, although he was waived in early September. He was subsequently signed to the team’s practice squad, and he’s already been released and re-signed since then. Hamilton is expected to provide the Eagles with some depth at defensive tackle, and he should slot in behind Timmy JerniganBeau AllenElijah Qualls, and Destiny Vaeao on the depth chart.

Elston, a 2016 undrafted rookie out of Mississippi, was claimed off waivers from the Bills earlier this month. The 23-year-old has appeared in three games this season between Buffalo and Philly, compiling a single tackle. The defensive back has also spent time with the Saints, Buccaneers, and Browns. Starting safety Rodney McLeod has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, but the team still has plenty of depth at the position, as they’re also rostering Malcolm Jenkins, Corey GrahamJaylen Watkins, and Chris Maragos.

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Eagles Claim Trae Elston Off Waivers

The Eagles announced that they have claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers from the Bills. He’ll be on the 53-man roster when the Eagles take on the Giants on Sunday. Trae Elston (vertical)

The Bills dropped Elston on Tuesday, opting to replace him with fellow safety Robert Blanton on Wednesday morning. A UDFA out of Mississippi last year, Elston spent time with three different clubs in 2016 before Buffalo claimed him off waivers from the Browns. He is still looking for steady work, but on the plus side he has already amassed a solid jersey selection. The 23-year-old saw time in both of the Bills’ games this season with the bulk of his work coming on special teams.

The Eagles have been looking for safety depth and they initially tried to fill that void by signing safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off of the Bears’ practice squad this week, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune (on Twitter). They were blocked on that attempt when Chicago bumped him to the 53-man roster, however.

Elston is likely to be on the active roster this weekend with starter Rodney McLeod and reserve defensive back Jaylen Watkins on the mend.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/19/17

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Los Angeles Rams

Seattle Seahawks

Bills Claim S Trae Elston Off Waivers

Both defensive backs waived by the Browns on Thursday have now been claimed. The Bills have been awarded safety Trae Elston, per a club announcement.

Elston entered the league as a UDFA last year with the Saints. He missed final cuts and went on to have a practice squad stint with the Bucs before joining Cleveland’s active roster. After some roster reshuffling at the end of the year, he wound up signing back with Cleveland as a reserve/futures player before his Thursday release.

The Ole Miss product, known for his hard-hitting style, didn’t suit up for any regular-season games as a rookie.

Browns Cut Alvin Bailey, Tracy Howard

The Browns have cut offensive lineman Alvin Bailey and a pair of defensive backs, Tracy Howard and Trae Elston, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com (Twitter link).

Alvin Bailey (vertical)

Bailey, the most notable of the three, spent just one season with the Browns, who signed the ex-Seahawk as a free agent last March. The 25-year-old ended up playing in 14 of the Browns’ games (five starts) and ranking as one of Pro Football Focus’ worst guards. Bailey’s two missed contests came on account of a December suspension stemming from a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. That ban was the result of a September arrest on a DUI charge.

Howard, 22, caught on with the Browns last spring as an undrafted free agent from Miami. He appeared in all but one of their games and worked mostly on special teams, playing nearly 42 percent of snaps and returning seven kicks. Howard also saw a decent amount of action defensively (25.2 percent of snaps), and totaled 16 tackles.

Elston, undrafted out out of Ole Miss a year ago, didn’t suit up for any regular-season games as a rookie. He instead spent time on the practice squads of the Browns, Saints and Buccaneers.

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