More competition for Moorman: Bills claim punter
The Buffalo Bills released the challenger to incumbent punter Brian Moorman in their first round of cuts on Monday, but that doesn't mean the veteran has sewn up the job just yet. The Bills announced on Tuesday evening that they were awarded punter Jordan Gay off of waivers.
Gay, from tiny Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, was released by the Carolina Panthers on August 24 after he failed to unseat punter Brad Nortman for the job. In his time with the Panthers, he punted, did some work as a kickoff specialist and even kicked some field goals.
An undrafted free agent last year, Gay first started with the Panthers before being released a week ahead of the regular season. He then signed with the New York Giants following the end of the season and was released by the team in May. The Panthers came calling once again, as they signed Gay before his eventual release on Sunday.
The Bills recently released punter Jake Dombrowski for the roster, but head coach Doug Marrone didn't say he was satisfied with the position yet.
"I’m not saying that Brian is going out there and playing for his job, but I think that it’s the same thing. Not unlike anyone else on the team, we have to make sure that we feel comfortable with their performance and that they’re able to do it moving forward," Marrone said Monday. "If not, is there somebody on the roster that’s better or we have to go out and upgrade it."
Gay will get his first, and likely only chance to make an impression on the team Thursday night against the Detroit Lions. The preseason finale at Ralph Wilson Stadium will begin at 7 pm.
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