A three-day tryout at an NFL rookie minicamp might not sound like the best opportunity, but it was for four such players at Bills rookie minicamp over the weekend.
Buffalo signed tryout players DT Quindarius Thagard, OL Garrett McGhin, TE Moral Stephens and S Abraham Wallace.
Thagard (6-2, 287) was a two-year starter at UAB where he made 61 tackles with four sacks and a pass breakup over that span. The defensive tackle will have some stiff competition at the position, but now has a much longer opportunity to impress the coaching staff.
McGhin (6-6, 316) was a three-year starter for East Carolina, playing guard, center and tackle in his college career. This past weekend with the Bills he lined up at right tackle. His position flexibility figures to help his chance in a crowded offensive line room.
Stephens (6-3, 252) played for three seasons at Florida, and though he did not accumulate a lot of statistics (15 rec., 261 yds, 3 TDs) in his time with the Gators, is seen as an athletic tight end with pass catching ability.
Wallace (5-10, 192) played his final collegiate season at West Alabama, after spending a year at Texas Tech (2017) and two years at LSU (2015-2016). In 2018, he had 60 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a half sack. The safety will be competing with sixth-round pick Jaquan Johnson among others behind Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer on the depth chart.
To make room on the roster for the four signings, Buffalo released TE Jake Fisher and RB Keith Ford.