The Buffalo Bills have set their initial 53-man roster.
Use pencil when filling it out, though, as there figures to be at least a few changes made before next Sunday's season opener against the New York Jets.
The Bills released a total of 24 players Saturday to reach the 53-man limit. Players with less than four years of experience who are waived must go through waivers, meaning they can be claimed by another team. Those players with four or more years of experience who are released can be signed by another team immediately. Here is a look at how waivers work and the new practice squad rules.
Here is the complete rundown of those released Saturday.
- Quarterback Davis Webb
The Bills plan to re-sign the quarterback to the practice squad if he clears waivers, a league source told The Buffalo News. The Bills kept three quarterbacks on the active roster -- Josh Allen, Matt Barkley and rookie Jake Fromm.
- Wide receiver Robert Foster
Foster was reportedly being shopped on the trade market Friday and Saturday, but the Bills evidently were unable to find a partner, so they released the former undrafted free agent who had a promising rookie season in 2018, but was unable to build on that last season.
- Cornerback Dane Jackson
The only one of the team's 2020 draft picks to be released, Jackson provided depth behind Tre'Davious White, Levi Wallace and Josh Norman at outside cornerback. With Wallace and Norman currently dealing with hamstring injuries, Jackson's release would seem to indicate the team is not overly concerned about their availability.
- Cornerback Brian Allen
Allen was signed as depth during training camp, leaving him little time to make an impression on the coaching staff.
- Tight end Nate Becker
Becker spent much of last season on the practice squad after being initially released in September. He's eligible for a similar role this season.
- Defensive tackle Vincent Taylor
Taylor was the second-biggest defensive tackle on the roster, so he could be added to the practice squad and promoted on weeks the run defense needs added support.
- Offensive lineman Brandon Walton
The Bills have an interest in bringing Walton back to the practice squad should he clear waivers, a league source tells The News.
- Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr.
The Bills are interested in signing Cox to their practice squad if he clears waivers, a league source told The News.
- Defensive tackle Tanzel Smart
Smart was signed after Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei opted out of the 2020 season.
- Defensive tackle Justin Zimmer
Like Smart, Zimmer was added after Lotulelei opted out, but still fell victim to a numbers game at a deep position.
- Wide receiver Duke Williams
It was going to be tough for Williams to make the 53-man roster after the team used a pair of draft picks at the position. Both Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins made the 53-man roster.
- Cornerback Cam Lewis
- Offensive lineman Marquel Harrell
- Running back Antonio Williams
Williams, an undrafted rookie free agent from North Carolina, was originally waived Aug. 5 and re-signed with the team this week. He's another practice squad option.
- Tight end Jason Croom
Fullback Patrick DiMarco was placed on injured reserve.
Linebackers Vosean Joseph and Corey Thompson were released.
Tight end Tommy Sweeney was placed on the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list. He did not practice during training camp. He will be out for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.