Reports: Bills workout seven players, host another to a visit

Garrett Gilbert, son of former Bills quarterback Gale, gets a look from Buffalo

Kyle Powell
December 18, 2018 - 5:56 pm

Photo: Jim Dedmon - USA TODAY Sports


According to multiple reports from a number of outlets, the Buffalo Bills worked out a handful of players on Tuesday afternoon.

Among the notables in for a visit were three quarterbacks, including the son of former Bills quarterback Gale Gilbert, Garrett Gilbert.

Gilbert, 27, last suited up this preseason with the Carolina Panthers, and was recently drafted by the Orlando Apollos in the Alliance of American Football. The Buffalo native has never taken a snap in the NFL, and has primarily been a practice squad quarterback with five different organizations.

Logan Woodside was a seventh-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals this past April, but was released as part of the final roster cut downs. After a brief stint with the Tennessee Titans' practice squad, Woodside was drafted by the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF Draft.

Bo Levi Mitchell visited the Bills after spending the last seven seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders. Mitchell went undrafted during his draft year back in 2012, and eventually earned the starting role in Calgary in 2014. Since then, Mitchell has won two Grey Cup championships in 2014 and 2018, and was named as the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2016 and 2018.

The Bills also hosted a pair of wide receivers who came from the CFL in Diontae Spencer and D'haquille Williams.

Spencer currently plays for the Ottawa Redblacks as a receiver and a return specialist. He was previously a member of the St. Louis Rams in 2014.

As for Williams, the 25-year-old receiver recently spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos, and was also a member of the Rams in 2016. He played his college ball at Auburn.

Evan Baylis was one who worked out for the Bills on Tuesday. The 25-year-old tight end last played in 2017 for the Houston Texans, and has since spent brief stints on the pracitce squad with the Indianapolis Colts and Panthers..

According to ESPN's Mike Rodak, former Colts tight end Erik Swoope was a player who came to Buffalo under the circumstances of an official "visit". Swoope was last in game action on December 9, and caught a touchdown pass back on October 21 in the Colts' 37-5 win over the Bills.

Rounding out the list of workouts was outside linebacker Cory James, a former Oakland Raider who played 26 career games in the NFL between the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  Notably, he suited up for all 16 contests for the Raiders in 2016.

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