This question came up in Jay Skurski's weekly Bills mailbag. If your brain went to LeSean McCoy, try again. Keep in mind that this is not the same as asking who is the Bills' best player. Thinking about "safe" roster spots requires a consideration of contract status, talent, replaceability, and other factors. Skurski came up with left tackle Dion Dawkins on offense and cornerback Tre’Davious White on defense -- two players on their rookie contracts who have performed admirably. Bills take shot on low-risk Odighizuwa: "The Bills have a glaring need for edge rushers," Mark Gaughan wrote. "It makes perfect sense for them to bring in some low-risk candidates and see if they can get lucky." Enter Owa Odighizuwa (pronounced Oh-DIGGY-zoo-wah), whom the Bills signed for the minimum. Can the former third-round pick turn things around in Buffalo? Jim Kelly brings message of hope to Ohio high school stars: Jim Kelly was in Canton, Ohio this week to speak at a high school awards … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Which Bills player has the safest roster spot?
The Twins are promoting Jake Cave, a lefthanded hitter from Class AAA Rochester, to fill Tyler Duffey's roster spot ahead of Saturday's game against the Angels at Target Field. Cave, 25, had a three-game stint with the Twins last month and homered in his major league debut, May 19 against the Brewers. Acquired by the Twins in a March trade for Luis Gil, Cave has hit .280 AVG/.361 OBP/.414 SLG in 50 games for Rochester this season. He has three home runs in his past 10 games with the Red Wings. The move leaves the Twins with 12 pitchers on the roster. Duffey threw four scoreless innings in his latest stint with the Twins, but was optioned to Rochester after Friday's game. (Note, this is Joe Christensen, filling in for La Velle and Phil today at Target Field.) Older Post Twins option Duffey to Rochester … [Read more...] about Jake Cave rejoins Twins roster, filling Tyler Duffey’s roster spot
Pat Hickey Evansville Published 9:51 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 EVANSVILLE — Walter McCarty and his University of Evansville basketball coaching staff made it clear they will not max out on scholarships just for the sake of filling out the roster. Yet, the Purple Aces currently sit at 12 players for next season after adding six newcomers this offseason. It’s to be determined whether the final roster spot is used, but there is a strong sense that McCarty is looking to do so. He’s waiting to announce his first recruiting class until it is finalized, and at least one more player will be on campus soon to visit. Looking at whom the first-year head coach has recently followed on Twitter, it’s apparent that UE is exploring the possibility of adding a transfer. Here is a look at three candidates: Akoy Agau, Southern Methodist The 23-year-old is proof that anything is possible. Agau was born in Sudan during its second civil war. He spent seven years … [Read more...] about Insider: Walter McCarty, Evansville exploring transfer market for final roster spot
Josh Huff was with the Philadelphia Eagles from May 2014 through November 2016, but when the Eagles marched to a Super Bowl title in 2017, the wide receiver had to spend the entire season watching from home. A third-round pick out of Oregon in 2014, Huff was cut during his third NFL season after being arrested on gun and marijuana charges in November 2016. He later had the charges dismissed after entering a pre-trial intervention program, but incident had already damaged his career. After the Eagles cut Huff, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team for which he appeared in three games late in 2016. Then, after he failed to make the Buccaneers roster after the 2017 preseason, he spent all of last year as a free agent. Now, after a season away from football, Huff is with the New Orleans Saints and hoping to make good on the potential he previously showed. "Knowing that I actually belong on an NFL roster and not being able to be on an NFL roster, it definitely hurt," Huff … [Read more...] about Wide receiver Josh Huff using ‘rookie mindset’ in pursuit of Saints roster spot
John Fay [email protected] Published 9:45 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 The Reds released right-hander Kevin Shackelford to clear a 40-man roster spot for RHP Anthony DeSclafani. RHP Jackson Stephens was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to clear a 25-man spot for DeSclafani, who will start tonight’s game. Shackelford is having elbow surgery. He will be paid through his rehab. He appeared in 26 games for the Reds last year and put up a 4.70 ERA. He started this year on the disabled list (elbow). He made four appearances for the Reds before being optioned to Louisville. He has appeared in five games for Louisville and had a 3.86 ERA. He was recalled as the 26th man for the doubleheader with the Cubs and pitched three innings in Game 2. He has not pitched since. Stephens, 24, had a 4.20 ERA in nine games and 15 innings for the Reds. 5-MAN BENCH? All the off days – the Reds have four from June 4 to 18 – afforded them the … [Read more...] about Cincinnati Reds release Kevin Shackelford, option Jackson Stephens to clear roster spots for Anthony DeSclafani