The Bills’ roster purge has begun.
NFL teams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to slash their rosters from about 90 players to 53, but the organization began the process a day early.
A source confirmed wide receiver Dezmin Lewis and offensive lineman Greg Pyke have been released. Cornerback Bradley Sylve reportedly was cut as well.
Asked Thursday if the organization planned to go right up to the deadline before making their final cuts, McDermott stressed the importance of making the right decision, not the quick one.
“We’ll see,” the Bills coach said after the team’s 27-17 preseason win over the Detroit Lions. “(General manager) Brandon (Beane) and I have some long conversations to be had at this point and that’s what these players deserve, too.
“They’ve given us everything. They’ve put it on the line, they’ve given us great effort, and to walk into that office and say ‘Hey, let’s just do…’— no. These guys played hard and they deserve for us to give it it’s due at this point.”
Clearly, some decisions were easier than others.
The Bills’ wide receiver corps is comprised mostly of young talent eager to make a name for themselves. But it also was one of the team’s most crowded position groups.
Lewis scored the lone Bills’ touchdown — a 1-yard pass from rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter — in their 17-10 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bills signed Pyke and Sylve as an undrafted free agents earlier this year.