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Bills sign K Billy Cundiff and WR Denarius Moore

Posted Oct 7, 2015

The Bills made a pair of moves to address their special teams unit and wide receiving corps.

Buffalo made a pair of roster acquisitions Wednesday to address their kicking and return game, while providing depth to their receiving corps. The Bills signed veteran free agent kicker Billy Cundiff and free agent WR Denarius Moore.

The kicking game has been under scrutiny after veteran Dan Carpenter went 3-6 on field goals in the preseason. Carpenter remained on the roster Tuesday, but kickoff specialist Jordan Gay did not. Buffalo replaced Gay with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff.

The 35-year old Cundiff last kicked for Cleveland in the 2013 and 2014 seasons before he was released last December. Bills head coach Rex Ryan has some measure of familiarity with him as Cundiff spent a training camp on Ryan’s New York Jets roster in 2013.

Cundiff has always had a strong leg and is expected to take over kickoff duties. Whether he becomes a direct competitor for Carpenter on field goal attempts remains to be seen. His best single season came in 2010 with Baltimore when he was good on just under 90 percent of his kicks going 26-29 on field goal attempts (89.7%).

The Bills newest kicker has a career field goal success rate of 76.2 percent. Carpenter has a success rate of 84.3 percent.

A hamstring injury going into training camp appeared to set Carpenter back as he missed three field goals and an extra point in the preseason. He has since missed an extra point, a 54-yard attempt and a 30-yard field goal in the regular season.

Gay had been the team’s kickoff specialist since 2014. He had a career touchback percentage of 63 percent with Buffalo.  

The Bills also made a change at their wide receiver position signing free agent Denarius Moore. The five-year veteran had a great start to his career in Oakland as a fifth-round pick in 2011. In fact in his second career game against the Bills that season he had five catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Over his first three seasons Moore had 130 receptions for 2,054 yards and 17 touchdowns. Coaching changes in Oakland led to the Raiders allowing him to become a free agent this past offseason. He signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, but was released during cuts at the end of the summer.

Moore has 4.45 speed and familiarity with Bills wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, who coached him his rookie year in Oakland. The 26-year old also has kick and punt return experience.

Moore will wear No. 17 and Cundiff will wear No. 8.

To make room for Moore on the roster the Bills released WR/PR Marcus Thigpen.

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