Amherst native Glenn Gronkowski’s stay with his hometown team was brief.
The Bills cut Gronkowski on Monday, just a day after the rookie undrafted free agent made his NFL debut, to re-sign veteran fullback Jerome Felton.
Gronkowski played eight snaps in Buffalo’s 13-7 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
Felton, 30, appeared in all 16 games last season for Buffalo, with eight starts. He played 26 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
As a team, the Bills rushed for just 65 yards on 24 carries, an average of 2.7 yards per attempt, against Baltimore.
Ryan said Gronkowski wasn’t let go because of his performance Sunday.
“We had an opportunity to bring [Felton] back,” Ryan said. “We know he’s a good blocker and, you know, that’s not a swipe on Gronk. He did a nice job. He had a great block on the goal line for a touchdown. So, but it’s just an opportunity to bring him back.”
Cyrus Kouandjio got plenty of practice at left tackle during training camp while starter Cordy Glenn recovered from an ankle injury. He needed every ounce of that experience Sunday.
Kouandjio was thrust into action against the Ravens after Glenn reinjured the ankle late in the second quarter. Kouandjio played the remainder of the game and may continue to protect Tyrod Taylor’s blind slide Thursday against the New York Jets.
Coach Rex Ryan had little update Monday on Glenn, who was able to walk off under his own power but did not return to the game.
Ryan said he was “not real sure” about the severity of Glenn’s injury, though he wouldn’t have practiced Monday if the team held a real practice. With a short turnaround to Thursday night’s home opener, the team has only walkthroughs this week.
“But he did not return after that ankle, and it is the same ankle as the previous [injury],” Ryan said. “So we’re not real sure.”
Kouandjio, a 2014 second-round pick from Alabama, said he felt comfortable at left tackle given his experience in the preseason. He has two career starts for the Bills.
“I felt prepared. I was eager to get in there,” he said. His goals for the week are simple: “Work hard. Focus. Pray. Just dive in, immerse myself. … I think polish off the little things.”
So does Kouandjio expect to start?
“Yeah, I guess,” he said. “We’ll see how Cordy feels. But if he’s not back, yes, I have the start.”
The offensive line will need a better performance Thursday no matter who plays. After leading the league in rushing last season, the Bills managed only 65 yards on the ground Sunday. Taylor’s pass protection was lacking, too. And the Jets, by the way, are coming off a seven-sack game against Cincinnati.
One injured player Ryan is expecting back this week is cornerback Kevon Seymour, who missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.
Other players who would not have practiced Monday were safety Colt Anderson (foot), receiver Sammy Watkins (foot), tight end Jim Dray (ankle), defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (knee), and tight end Charles Clay (knee) – “but things look fine there,” Ryan said of Clay.
Additionally, third-string quarterback Cardale Jones would’ve been limited in practice with his shoulder injury, Ryan said.
Bills linebackers Jerry Hughes and Zach Brown missed the early bus to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. But instead of waiting for the second bus, they took an Uber ride from the team hotel.
NFL players can theoretically take Uber to every game, if they want to. Except for Bills games. Because Buffalo, along with the rest of upstate New York, doesn’t yet offer the ridesharing service.
In response to the press generated by Hughes’ Instagram post of the ride, Uber New York sent out a press release Monday that contained a letter the company sent to Bills owner Terry Pegula. The company said it will offer Bills players and staff a season’s worth of free rides to and from all Bills home games – as soon as legislators in Albany approve Uber for New York.
Ryan said Monday that he doesn’t have a problem with players skipping the team bus – as long as it’s not because they’re late.
“I think I would mind it if they missed the second bus,” Ryan said. “So, normally what happens is you’re in between. You catch the first bus or you catch the second bus. ... It wasn’t like they were late. In fact, we probably all want to take Uber if we’re gonna play like Jerry did.”
Hughes, of course, had two sacks of Joe Flacco on Sunday.
The company called New York “the final frontier for ridesharing” and noted in the release that Buffalo is the only NFL city without Uber.
Bengals receiver A.J. Green had a big day Sunday against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who, in years past, has been one of the most feared corners in the league.
Green burned Revis for a 54-yard touchdown in the second quarter and finished with 180 yards while hauling in 12 of his 13 targets.
“You don’t see that out of [him],” Rex Ryan said of Revis, his former player. “You can count on maybe one hand, for sure, how many times that’s happened to Revis. I remember Stevie Johnson had a big day on Revis once. That happens occasionally but that Green kid is – that’s a pretty darn talented receiver right there. So you put him in those kind of situations against any corner in the league, and then that kid can have a big day on you.”
Another receiver of that skill level who can point to some demonstrated success against Revis is Watkins. He put up 11 catches and 136 yards against the Jets in last year’s season finale.
“I look forward to competing against Revis every year,” Watkins said. “You gotta be prepared. He’s a savvy guy. He’s a veteran. So he knows some concepts, some routes, so you just gotta run your routes and don’t let him dictate what you’re doing.”
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