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[BN] Blitz newsletter: What to know for Sunday, Sept. 3

The Bills trimmed their roster to the required 53 players Saturday afternoon without making any real surprise cuts.

As far as undrafted players to watch, defensive end Eddie Yarbrough made the team while receiver Brandon Reilly and defensive end Ian Seau were let go. UB and Sweet Home High School product Jordan Johnson was cut, too. Veteran wideout Rod Streater (toe) was released with an injury settlement. Quarterback Keith Wenning got cut while T.J Yates remains with the team.

The biggest news Saturday was a trade: The Bills sent second-year cornerback Kevon Seymour to Carolina for speedy receiver Kaelin Clay and a seventh-round draft pick.

Seymour, a sixth-round pick out of USC, had an up-and-down first season but was in contention for a starting cornerback position opposite Tre'Davious White.

Clay is a 2015 sixth-rounder who is yet to log a regular-season catch, though he has a touchdown on a punt return. He spent last year on injured reserve with a broken foot.

The Bills could still make a number of moves before the opener, but as of right now, the wide receiver cast looks like this: Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, Philly Brown, Brandon Tate and Clay.

Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Kevon Seymour at the Erie Basin Marina on Monday, May 16, 2016. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

The purge continues: Sending Seymour to Carolina marked yet another instance of new general manager Brandon Beane jettisoning a Doug Whaley draft pick. Since Beane took over in May, the team has released OL Cyrus Kouandjio, waived WR Kolby Listenbee, traded WR Sammy Watkins, traded CB Ronald Darby, traded LB Reggie Ragland and traded Seymour.

Tim Graham wrote late last season about the Bills' flawed roster-building practices, with the chief point being that the Bills are over-reliant on free agency because they haven't developed and retained enough of their draft picks ... all while the league's top teams and doing it the other way around. Whaley is long gone now, but the team still has a dearth of homegrown talent.

After Saturday's moves, the Bills have only 10 players on the 53-man roster that they drafted before this year.

Second guessing the Reilly move: Vic Carucci laments the cut of Brandon Reilly in his breakdown of Saturday's moves.

"How couldn't there be room for a player who had diamond-in-the-rough written all over him?" Carucci writes. "Why wouldn't the Bills, who are hardly stacked at receiver, give Reilly a shot?"

The Bills hope to bring Reilly back on the practice squad, as long as another team doesn't add him to their 53-man roster first.

Hold up, Jim Kelly used to have house parties after home games? That was my biggest takeaway from Bucky Gleason's column. See for yourself.

Around the AFC East: The Patriots added another weapon Saturday in receiver Phillip Dorsett, acquiring the former Colts first-round pick for quarterback Jacobby Brisset. Bills fans may remember each player: Brissett for playing QB during the Bills' 16-0 victory at Gillette Stadium last year (and for getting in a shoving match with Bills DBs before the game), and Dorsett for fumbling twice against the Bills in the 2015 opener, which helped the Bills to a 27-14 win in Tyrod Taylor's debut.

Schedule breakdown: Vic Carucci goes through the storylines ahead of each game on the Bills schedule this season, including protégé Sean McDermott's meeting with master Andy Reid, a reunion with Anthony Lynn and Khalil Mack's return to Buffalo. Spoiler alert: The phrase "Tank Bowl" was used.

Get your mind blown: While Alabama, the top-ranked college football team, won its opener Saturday, WROC-TV's Prescott Rossi tweeted a reminder that the 2006 Bills remain the last team to shut out 'Bama coach Nick Saban, when he was with the Dolphins.

J.P. Losman threw for three touchdowns in the Bills' 21-0 win over Saban's Dolphins on Dec. 17, 2006. Saban left Miami for Alabama after a 6-10 season. Alabama hasn't been shut out since 2000.

So this means ... the Buffalo Bills are the last team to shut out both Nick Saban and Bill Belichick.

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