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Bills release TE Dray; promote TE Christian from practice squad

Posted Oct 4, 2016

The emergence of second-year TE Nick O'Leary led to a change at the tight end position Tuesday.


The Bills made a roster move at the tight end position Tuesday. Buffalo released veteran TE Jim Dray. Dray was signed in the offseason to serve as a blocking tight end in the team’s offense. The emergence of Bills former sixth-round pick Nick O’Leary however, has eaten into Dray’s playing time the last couple of weeks.

Dray, 29, was used more by former offensive coordinator Greg Roman the first two weeks of the season. His role was reduced after Anthony Lynn took over play calling duties in Week 3. Meanwhile O’Leary, who got just three snaps on offense in each of the first two games this season, got 14 snaps against Arizona and then 27 in Sunday’s win at New England.

The offensive staff likely feels that O’Leary offers more versatility as he can serve as an H-back, catches passes and has apparently improved his blocking to the point where he can help in the run game as well. That versatility makes Buffalo’s offense more unpredictable.

Taking Dray’s vacant spot on the roster was practice squad TE Gerald Christian. Christian (6-3, 250) is a former seventh-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals (2015) and had 60 catches for 810 yards and nine touchdowns in 26 games in college at Louisville.

Bills add WR Washington to practice squad
The Bills also signed WR Corey Washington to the team’s practice squad Tuesday.

Washington originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Arizona Cardinals following the 2014 NFL Draft. A 6-4, 214-pound Newberry College product, Washington saw action in 14 games for the New York Giants during the 2014 season—catching five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Washington, 24, is a native of North Charleston, South Carolina.

Additionally Buffalo released WR Matt Hazel from the practice squad Tuesday.