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Posted: Wednesday, 20 November 2013 1:12PM

Bills sign OT J.J. Unga, moving him to guard



Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550)  -- A day after the Buffalo Bills announced they parted ways with cornerback Justin Rogers, the man that will take the vacant spot on the roster has been identified. The Bills announced Wednesday morning that they signed offensive tackle J.J. Unga to their 53-man roster.

Unga comes to the Bills from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad, where he's spent the entire 2013 regular season. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman is an undrafted rookie out of Midwestern State, and spent training camp with the Ravens before being released and signed on to their practice roster.

Unga will not be a tackle for the Bills, however. Head coach Doug Marrone said on Wednesday that they would be moving him inside to guard, which gives the team five guards on their active roster.

Marrone also discussed the reasoning behind bringing in the offensive lineman.

"I think what we like to do is build a bigger team," he said. "My philosophy has always been that this is a big man's game. I think that when we have the opportunity to better ourselves, we have to go ahead and do that no matter what time of year it is. I think players know that and coaches know that, and that's what we're trying to do."

Unga gets to the Bills just in time to have a weekend off. He and the rest of the team will get back to work on Monday, after the bye week, in preparation for the Atlanta Falcons.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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