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Bills cut QB Jeff Tuel, pick up Matt Simms

It took only three OTA practices this week for the Buffalo Bills’ coaching staff to determine that at least one holdover at quarterback, Jeff Tuel, wasn’t worth keeping.

The Bills cut Tuel Friday to make room for another quarterback, Matt Simms, who coach Rex Ryan had as mostly a fringe member of his roster for the past three seasons when he was at the helm of the New York Jets.

The Bills claimed the 26-year-old Simms after the Jets, per his request, waived him on Thursday.

Simms saw that he had no future with the Jets after they made one quarterback, Bryce Petty, a fourth-round draft pick earlier this month and then signed undrafted free agent Jake Heaps. The Jets also have Geno Smith and former Bill Ryan Fitzpatrick on their quarterback depth chart.

Simms could have a better shot of sticking with the Bills, given the wide-open competition for starting and backup spots between EJ Manuel and two other newcomers, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor.

In 2012, the Jets signed Simms as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee (to where he transferred from Louisville). The Jets waived him at the end of his rookie training camp, then re-signed him to a future/reserve contract on Dec. 31, 2012.

Simms saw his first NFL regular-season action in a 49-9 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 27, 2013. He completed three of seven passes for 17 yards.

He also appeared in a 37-14 loss to the Bills in Week 11 of that season. He threw his first career touchdown pass in that game to tight end Jeff Cumberland.

Simms made a third appearance in 2013 in a 23-3 loss against Miami. He finished the season throwing for 156 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked four times and lost a fumble.

In 2014, the Jets re-signed Simms as an exclusive rights free agent, but again waived him at the end of the preseason and then signed him to their practice squad. They promoted Simms to the active roster on Nov. 1. The next day, he came off the bench in a 24-10 loss against Kansas City, in place of injured Michael Vick. Simms completed three of eight passes for 39 yards, and signed a one-year contract with the Jets a month later.

His father is former New York Giants star quarterback and current CBS lead NFL analyst Phil Simms. His brother, Chris Simms, is also a former NFL quarterback.

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