Reports: Bills release RB Williams, LB Hodges, WR Brown

The team continues to make moves ahead of next Sunday's season opener against the Jets

Sal Capaccio
September 03, 2017 - 2:06 pm

In a few surprising moves Sunday, the Buffalo Bills reportedly cut three players who were expected to play key roles for the team this season:

Jonathan Williams was thought to be the backup to LeSean McCoy in what has become a crowded backfield. He was going into his second season with the club. The team now has Joe Banyard and Mike Tolbert (who is also a fullback) behind McCoy.

Gerald Hodges was signed during the offseason and appeared to have won the backup middle linebacker spot behind Preston Brown, especially after the team traded Reggie Ragland to the Chiefs.

Brown was one of only six wideouts on the active roster.  That leaves the team thin at the position with only Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes, Brandon Tate, and recently acquired Kaelin Clay on the active roster.  Walter Powell is on the reserve/suspended list for the first four weeks of the season.

The moves come after the Bills claimed three players off waivers Sunday.

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