The Buffalo Bills are making more cuts to the offensive line.
After the team’s first round of training camp cuts focused heavily on the line, the team parted ways with another lineman, this time to make room for a former Las Vegas Raiders linebacker who has been out on the COVID-19 reserve list.
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Bills Cut Former Penn State Lineman
The Bills parted ways with offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez this week, cutting him in order to active linebacker Marquel Lee off of the COVID-19 reserve list. As the Buffalo News noted, Gonzalez had signed with the Bills back in May. He went undrafted last year and signed as a rookie free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, but didn’t make the final roster and spent the year out of football.
The Bills have already trimmed down the offensive line, with the first round of cuts focusing heavily on linemen. As the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, the Bills were the league’s first team to trim their roster down to 85, doing so days before the deadline last week. The first cuts included guard Caleb Benenoch, who had made 22 starts for the Buccaneers after being drafted in 2016 but didn’t see any action last year as a member of the New England Patriots practice squad. Buffalo also cut linemen Marquell Harrell and Syrus Tuitele along with defensive tackle Eli Ankou and linebacker Mike Bell.
Lee Returns to Bills Roster
Prior to being activated this week, Lee had been on the reserve list since August 10. He did not play in the 2020 season, but had been a contributor for the Raiders in the three previous seasons, making 104 tackles in 34 games. His most productive year came in 2018, when he started 10 games and made 58 tackles.
As Ryan Talbot of Syracuse.com noted, Lee has suffered through a string of injuries that ultimately ended his time with the Raiders.