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Bills add 14 undrafted free agents

The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that they agreed to terms with 14 undrafted free agents.

The headliner, of course, is Williamsville North product and former Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski, the youngest of Western New York’s first family of the NFL.

Former Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker is another fascinating addition, especially after an ESPN video capturing his emotional speech to friends and family who were with him through the disappointment of never receiving a call from an NFL team during the draft went viral.

Another player with Western New York ties on the list is former Purdue center Robert Kugler, who transferred from Orchard Park High School to North Allegheny, Pa., High School after his junior season.

The Bills also are bringing in former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata to throw passes, on a tryout basis, during this week's rookie minicamp.

The complete list follows with a thumbnail sketch on each player:

Bryson Albright, DE, Miami (OH), 6-5, 225 pounds: In 36 career games, he was credited with 129 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks. … Had a season-high nine tackles vs. Eastern Michigan, a game in which he also registered three sacks and recovered a fumble.

Davonte Allen, WR, Marshall, 6-2, 201: In 24 career games, he made 22 starts. … Caught 84 passes for 1,312 yards and nine touchdowns. … His career-long catch of 66 yards came last season, when he had career bests for receptions (58), yards (715) and touchdowns (five).

Gary Chambers, WR, Arizona State, 6-4, 215: In 34 career games, he made seven starts. … Caught 36 passes for 690 yards and four touchdowns. … Finished last season with 26 catches for 486 yards and two touchdowns, including a long of 58 yards.

Reid Ferguson, LS, LSU, 6-2, 244: Started all four seasons at long-snapper for the Tigers, snapping for punts as well as place kicks. ... Credited with 497 snaps in his college career, with only one errant snap as a freshman.

Glenn Gronkowski, FB, Kansas State, 6-2, 239: In 39 career games, he made 20 starts. … Six of his 15 career catches covered 25-plus yards.

Robert Kugler, C, Purdue, 6-3, 294: Took over as the Boilermakers’ No. 1 center halfway through his redshirt freshman season and made 43 consecutive starts. … Ranked among the top 10 tight end recruits in the country by, but outgrew that position during redshirt season.

Jamison Lalk, OG, Iowa State, 6-6, 303: Transitioned from center to guard. …. In 12 starts in 2015, he helped Iowa State improve in almost every offensive category. Cyclones averaged 182 rushing yards per game, their best since 2000, and had their first 1,000-yard rusher since 2009.

Claudell Louis, DE, Fresno State, 6-5, 294: In 28 career games, had 57 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. ... Honorable mention All-Mountain West as a fifth-year senior in 2015.

Marquis Lucas, OT, West Virginia, 6-3, 319: In 36 career games, he made 30 starts. ... While starting at left tackle as a senior, he helped the Mountaineers average 228.2 yards per game rushing. ... Spent time at both tackle spots during his four seasons at West Virginia.

Keith Lumpkin, OT, Rutgers, 6-8, 325: In 40 career games, he made 37 starts. ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2015. Also received the Bender Trophy as the Scarlet Knights' best offensive lineman.

Marshall Morgan, K, Georgia, 6-3, 194: In 23 games, he converted 64 of 83 field-goal attempts, including a long of 56 yards. … Hit 211 of 216 extra-point tries.

Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma, 6-0, 221: As a three-year starter, he was credited with 46.5 tackles for loss and 23 sacks, and defended 12 passes. … Biggest reason he wasn’t drafted is his relative lack of size.

Julian Whigham, CB, Syracuse, 6-1, 200: In 43 career games, he made 17 starts. … Had four interceptions, eight passes defended and a fumble recovery. … Credited with 65 tackles. … Played some safety. … Suffered a bruised lung in 2013.

Justin Zimmer, DT, Ferris State, 6-2, 292: In 42 career games, he was credited with 214 tackles, including 48.5 tackles for loss and 26 sacks. … Forced nine fumbles and recovered one. … Credited with 14 passes defended.


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