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Bills sign WR Thompson; RB Banyard released


Coming out of the bye week Buffalo bolstered their receiving corps, signing a free agent receiver who previously spent some time with the club. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson signed with the Bills on Tuesday.

Thompson, 28, worked out for the Bills on Tuesday and was signed in the afternoon. He was just cut by the Chicago Bears last Wednesday. The receiver spent the past two seasons with the Bears appearing in 28 games with nine starts.

He was used primarily as a kickoff returner, logging 60 returns for an average of 24 yards per return. Thompson also saw time as a reserve receiver pulling in 35 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns.

Thompson (6-0, 204) spent parts of the 2014 season and the 2015 offseason with the Bills. He appeared in one game for Buffalo in 2014 after he was called up for the season finale from the practice squad.

Thompson will bring a dose of deep speed to Buffalo's receiving corps, which has relied largely on Kaelin Clay to stretch the field. Where he fits in the return game remains to be seen knowing Brandon Tate is the team's most accomplished returner.

With the addition of Thompson, Buffalo now has six receivers on their roster. Jordan Matthews is a question mark for Sunday's game in his return from thumb surgery two weeks ago.

To make room for Thompson on the roster the Bills released RB Joe Banyard.

Bills add safety to practice squadBuffalo also added a safety to their practice squad Tuesday signing L.J. McCray.

McCray (6-0, 204) was most recently with the Carolina Panthers, but was placed on injured reserve when final cuts were made. He negotiated an injury settlement and was waived on Sept. 11th.

Originally an undrafted signing of the San Francisco 49ers in 2014, McCray has appeared in 22 career games over two seasons serving on special teams for the Niners in 2014 and 2015.

The Bills also released OL Jordan Mudge and DL Marquavius Lewis from the practice squad.

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