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Bills sign QB Josh Johnson; K Cundiff released

Posted Oct 13, 2015

The Bills bumped the number of quarterbacks on their roster back up to three on Tuesday with the signing of QB Josh Johnson.


The Bills have three quarterbacks on their roster again. Buffalo signed QB Josh Johnson Tuesday. Johnson was just released by Indianapolis Monday where he had spent the past two weeks as the backup to Matt Hasselbeck with Andrew Luck out with a shoulder injury.

Buffalo had just two quarterbacks on the roster in Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel after they traded Matt Cassel to Dallas three weeks ago.

Johnson spent most of the 2015 offseason with Cincinnati after signing as a free agent with the Bengals last April. He appeared in one preseason game for Cincinnati going 11-21 passing for 175 yards. The Bengals released him in late August and he was signed by the New York Jets where he appeared in their preseason finale going 7-12 passing for 82 yards. He also ran for 76 yards on seven carries. He was released by the Jets during final cuts in early September.

Johnson has appeared in 29 regular season games in his career including five starts. He’s completed just over 54 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 29-year old has also averaged 6.2 yards per carry in his career.

He originally entered the NFL in 2008 as a fifth round pick (160th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Johnson will wear jersey number 8.

To make room for Johnson on the 53-man roster, Buffalo released kicker Billy Cundiff. The Bills had just signed Cundiff last week to handle kickoff duties replacing Jordan Gay, but the veteran’s performance did not impress Buffalo’s head coach.

“He did alright,” said Ryan of Cundiff’s kickoff duties. “He probably wished he had worked on his kickoffs maybe a little more. It wasn’t probably his best effort.”

The release of Cundiff leaves Dan Carpenter in charge of place kicking and kickoff duties being the only kicker on the roster.

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