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Bills look to fill out roster

Coming out of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills had 76 players on their roster.

That leaves them 14 spots to reach the 90-player maximum. The majority of those spots will be filled out by undrafted free agents. While the team has yet to formally announce any signings, they have started to trickle out.

Here is a look at the players who reportedly have or will be signing with the Bills shortly, with the disclaimer that sometimes these deals fall through:

Andre Davis, WR, South Florida: Nicknamed “Freakshow” for his athletic abilities, the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder leaves USF as the school’s career leader in 13 different receiving categories, including catches (153), yards (2,136), touchdowns (17), 100-yard games (six), and consecutive games with at least one catch (38). He owns every USF season and game receiving record for catches, yards or touchdowns. He was voted team MVP in 2014 after finishing with 36 catches for 594 yards and seven touchdowns despite missing four games with a sternum injury.

B.J. Larsen, DE, Utah State: A 6-5, 275-pounder, Larsen played in a school-record 53 games for the Aggies, with 27 starts. He finished his career with 94 tackles (26.5 for losses) and 17 sacks. As a senior in 2014, he had nine sacks and was named to the All-Mountain West first team.

Clay Burton, TE, Florida: A 6-4, 250-pounder, Burton played in 37 games with 23 career starts with the Gators. He finished his college career with 21 catches for 180 yards and one touchdown. A converted defensive end, Burton played almost exclusively in a blocking role his first three seasons in Gainesville, making just three catches in that time.

A.J. Tarpley, LB, Stanford: Tarpley was a team captain and second-team Pac-12 selection as a fifth-year senior in 2014. He finished his career with 243 tackles (133 solo, 16.5 for losses), five sacks and four interceptions in 54 games.

Cam Thomas, CB, Western Kentucky: A 6-1, 190-pounder, Thomas has good size for the position, but his speed – he ran a reported 4.67-second 40-yard dash at Western Kentucky’s pro day – could be problematic in the NFL. He showed good ball skills in college with 11 interceptions and 24 passes defensed in 45 career games.

Cedric Reed, DE, Texas: Reed was selected to the All-Big 12 second team in 2014 after playing his senior season on a knee injury that required surgery after the Longhorns’ appearance in the Texas Bowl. The injury prevented participating in drills at the NFL Scouting Combine and Texas’ pro day. He finished with 5.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, eight quarterback pressures and a safety. The 6-5, 269-pounder finished his college career with 18.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.

Justin Hamilton, DT, Louisiana-Lafayette: Hamilton played in 38 career games for the Ragin’ Cajuns, finishing with 12 sacks. The 6-2, 310-pounder made 94 tackles, including 27 for losses, and forced four fumbles. He was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection at team co-MVP on defense.

Tyson Chandler, OT, N.C. State: A massive player at 6-5, 331 pounds, Chandler is an intriguing prospect for one main reason – he has 36∫-inch arms, which offensive line coaches believe to be critical at the position. At N.C. State’s pro day, he bench-pressed 225 pounds 31 times, which is an excellent total for a player with arms as long as Chandler.

Andrew Hudson, DE, Washington: A 6-3, 246-pounder, Hudson made just two tackles in 2013 and was advised by then-coach Steve Sarkisian to transfer. But he decided to stay and turned his career around under new Washington coach Chris Petersen. He finished with 12.5 sacks in 2014, which was seventh most in the country, and was a Pac-12 honorable mention. For his career, he played in 49 games and made 22.5 sacks to go with 149 tackles.

Spencer Roth, P, Baylor: Roth has the size of a safety at 6-4, 227. A second-team All-Big 12 selection in 2014, Roth downed 55 of his 164 career punts inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 43.7 yards in his 49 career college games, second best in school history.

Merrill Noel, CB, Wake Forest: Undersized at 5-8, 177, Noel was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2014. He played in 44 career games, finishing with eight interceptions and 31 passes defensed. He made 192 tackles and forced four fumbles.

Assuming the above 11 players sign, the Bills will have three roster spots open.

email: jskurski@buffnews.com

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