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Bills Cut Six In First Step to 75

Buffalo's brass made their initial move in trimming the roster to 75 players releasing a half dozen from their ranks Monday.

Quarterback Kevin Eakin, punter/kicker D.J. Fitzpatrick, cornerback Reggie Lewis, linebacker Roy Manning, wide receiver Donovan Morgan and cornerback Chris Thompson were all released.

NFL Europe exemptions are no longer applicable so Buffalo still needs to remove four players from their roster by 4 pm Tuesday to reach the required 75 players. NFL International player Daniel Watts does not factor into the roster totals since he will be on the team's practice squad this year.

Morgan is probably the biggest surprise in light of the strong camp he had at St. John Fisher. He brought size to the receiving corps at 6'2" something the unit lacked outside of Sam Aiken, and made several difficult catches in the camp setting.

Linebacker Roy Manning had been competing with the likes of Kevin Harrison and Josh Stamer for one of the last linebacker positions, and was signed by the Bills late last season after the linebacker position suffered a few injuries, but was inactive for the final four games of last season.

Eakin, Lewis and Thompson were all fighting a numbers game at their respective positions and as a result didn't get many opportunities to make an impression with a lot of talent in front of them on the depth chart.

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