Bills GM Doug Whaley said Friday that they intended to fill their two roster vacancies in short order. It took the club all of a day to sign a pair of players they got a look at just a month ago.
Buffalo signed WR
Gurley (6-4, 230) spent last season with the Cleveland Browns appearing in three games making one reception. He has been described as a physical possession type receiver. The South Carolina product played opposite Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery in college, but declared for the 2011 NFL draft after just his sophomore season.
He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie by the Green Bay Packers in 2011. Since then Gurley was been on the practice squads of a handful of NFL clubs before he was signed to the Browns active roster last season.
McIlwain (5-10, 180) is a cornerback who was most recently on Kansas City’s training camp roster last year, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.
He too has spent time with a collection of NFL clubs since finishing up at Newberry College in 2011. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted rookie. In addition to the Falcons and Chiefs he has spent time with Carolina and New Orleans.
At his pro day coming out of Newberry he was clocked at 4.36 in the 40, a 10-foot two-inch broad jump and a 34 ½-inch vertical along with 21 bench press reps.