After getting just two plays from scrimmage in the preseason Kevin Eakin is returning to the Bills as the eighth and final member of Buffalo's practice squad. The Bills signed the former NFL Europe and CFL player Tuesday.
"I was just waiting trying to figure out if I was coming back up here," said Eakin who was released by the team during the first wave of cuts.
With only two quarterbacks on the active roster Eakin represents an emergency option that's familiar with offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild's scheme.
"I feel comfortable that I've had a month here," said Eakin. "I haven't done much with the offense, but at least I'm fairly familiar with the terminology. So I guess I feel as comfortable I could in terms of what I've done."
It's expected that Eakin will handle the scout team reps in practice to prepare Buffalo's defense for their upcoming opponent each week.
"Getting work for me as a quarterback is the bottom line whether it's with our offense or somebody else's," said Eakin. "Obviously we're here to win games so whatever it is that I can do to contribute is what I want to do here."
Eakin was the team's fourth quarterback in training camp after spending the summer in NFL Europa with the Frankfurt Galaxy. Serving as the backup signal caller in Frankfurt Eakin threw for 353 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
He made one appearance for the Bills in the preseason when he handed off twice to Dwayne Wright to close out Buffalo's 13-10 win over New Orleans.
Eakin also played under Bills offensive quality control coach Alex Van Pelt when he was Frankfurt's offensive play caller in 2005. He also played last season for the Hamilton TigerCats in the CFL.