Cornerback Brandon Smith was promoted from the Bills practice squad and the team also signed linebacker Ty Powell off the New York Giants practice squad to their active roster.
To make room Buffalo released linebacker Marcus Dowtin and cornerback Johnny Adams.
Powell was a seventh-round pick by Seattle this past April and didn’t make the team out of training camp. He was signed to New York’s practice squad roughly two weeks ago. Powell played his college ball at Division-II Harding and was a second-team All American last year.
Smith was signed to the Bills practice squad after being cut by Green Bay in early September. He played his college ball at Arizona State and has also spent time with Carolina and Seattle since going undrafted in 2011.
Dowtin’s cut come as a bit of surprise. He had an excellent training camp and preseason to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but had received precious little playing time through the first five weeks of the season. Don’t expect him to be unemployed for long.
Adams was on the Bills practice squad after being cut by the Indianapolis Colts to start the season and was promoted to the active roster following a rash of injuries at the cornerback position.
Also, as reported the earlier the Bills have added quarterback Dennis Dixon to their practice squad. For those keeping track the Bills have no added four players to their active roster since last Thursay’s loss in Cleveland (Smith, Powell, Brian Moorman, Thad Lewis) and released three (Dowtin, Adams, Shawn Powell) as well as adding Dixon to the practice squad.
Here’s a cool little video of Powell’s Pro Day last March