The week after two Leodis McKelvin fumbles, the Buffalo Bills have brought back the returner they cut earlier this season: wide receiver Marcus Thigpen. Buffalo also signed guard Ryan Groy.
Thigpen spent the 2014 season in Buffalo and the start of 2015 before getting let go on Oct. 7. He had averaged 5.2 yards on nine punt returns and 9.7 yards on three kick returns, but was a difference-maker in 2014 with the punt return for a touchdown against Green Bay.
For his career, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound Thigpen has returned 86 punts for 848 yards (9.9 avg.) and two scores with 93 kickoffs for 2,226 yards (23.9 avg.) and one score. After McKelvin's brutal night in a 20-13 loss to the Patriots, the Bills have decided to turn back to Thigpen. And with wide receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, Thigpen might handle punts and kicks.
As he detailed to the The News, one haunting memory still motivates Thigpen to this day.
Groy, originally a 2014 undrafted pick-up out by Chicago out of Wisconsin, appeared in four games with three starts last year. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder was on Tampa Bay's practice squad this season and also spent time in New England.
To make room, wide receiver Denarius Moore and running back Boom Herron were released.