The players might be off the rest of the week, but the personnel department remained busy on Tuesday. Buffalo signed RB Senorise Perry to the roster for a second go-round with the club.
Perry, 28, was initially signed this past offseason in free agency, due in part to his special teams prowess as he led his last two clubs in special teams tackles in 2017 and 2018. But the running back suffered a quad injury in the preseason finale and placed on injured reserve, before eventually being released in an injury settlement.
Per league rules, six weeks must pass before a player that is released in an injury settlement is eligible to re-sign with the same club.
Perry could provide another veteran presence to the Bills coverage units on special teams. Buffalo currently ranks strong in kickoff coverage (5th), but needs to improve in punt coverage where they rank 30th in the league.
Bills agree to trade WR Jones to Oakland
The Buffalo Bills made a decision to move on from a member of their 2017 draft class. The club traded WR Zay Jones to Oakland in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2021.
Jones, who led the Bills in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season, found it difficult to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball for the Bills following the offseason additions of John Brown and Cole Beasley.
This past week he was replaced in the lineup by Duke Williams, who was called up from the practice squad, made four receptions on four targets and pulled in the game-winning touchdown.
Jones meanwhile got one snap on offense and none on special teams where he had willingly accepted a role.
On Monday, when asked about Jones drop off in playing time, head coach Sean McDermott did not indicate any dissatisfaction with Jones in terms of effort and even complimented him on being a team player.
“He just has to continue to do his job,” McDermott said. You saw guys compete at a high level (Sunday). We made some really good plays at the wide receiver position and Zay is a guy that continues to grow and I think he's still young in his career. He'll continue to do a good job as he continues to grow and focus on what he can control and I really appreciate the way he took a team first approach.”
Now Jones will be taking that team first approach to Oakland, a team that had a void at the receiver position in the wake of the Antonio Brown fine, suspension and ultimate release.
Jones was a second-round pick of the Bills in the first draft under the McDermott coaching tenure.
Moving him off the roster brings Buffalo’s total at the receiver position back down to six.
The Bills also announced the release of running back Byron Marshall from the practice squad.