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The Bills signed Wade (quadriceps) to the practice squad Sunday.
Analysis: Wade also spent last season on Buffalo's practice squad as an except international player. After he failed to make it through roster cuts Saturday, it was expected that Wade would be given another shot to stick around and continue his development.
Wade (quadriceps) did not make it through Saturday's cut-down, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The former rugby star from Great Britain was a demon in preseason games last season and ultimately ended up on the practice squad, but with the Bills set at the top of the running back depth chart with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, the team needs pass catchers and special teams guys to fill out the rest of the group, not a hard-running prospect. We imagine the Bills would love to get Wade on the practice squad again.
Wade missed practice Monday due to a quadriceps injury, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: The former rugby star is trying to land a spot through the NFL's international program, but the team may end up being just too deep at running back unless Wade can prove he can also help on special teams. He'll need the injury to be a minor one to have a truer shot at making his case.
Wade, who served on the Bills' practice squad last season, is eager to show he's worthy of a spot on team's 53-man roster for 2020, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. "I didn't really realize how far I've come, really, until we started the virtual offseason up again," the running back said recently. "Just in terms of how much I understand, when I'm watching film, it's slowed down a bit more. I can actually decipher what's going on and what we're trying to achieve."
Analysis: Wade is not your average NFL player. He's a former British rugby star whom the Bills feel has the skill set that might translate to NFL play. He showed immediate glimpses of this last season during the preseason, though he ultimately ended up on the practice squad as an exempt international player. The Bills are already set at the top two running back spots with Devin Singletary and rookie third-rounder Zack Moss, though after that Wade should get a fair shake,. Assuming no one else enters the mix, that puts Wade up against T.J. Yeldon, Taiwan Jones and Antonio Williams for what would likely be two more roster spots. The Bills have the option to keep Wade as an exempt practice squad member once again, but the 28-year-old has bigger sights in the second time around.
Wade was one of 10 players signed from the practice squad to a reserve/future contract by the Bills on Monday, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: There are dozens and dozens of these signings around the NFL this time of year, but Wade's is one of the few that bears watching. He's a star rugby player from the United Kingdom that showed some eye-popping flashes during the preseason but just wasn't polished enough for the Bills to keep him on the active roster, so he worked on the practice squad all season as an exempt player. With Frank Gore looking every bit of his 36 years of age down the stretch, Wade may have a legit shot to earn the No. 2 or No. 3 spot behind Devin Singletary. The Bills also signed quarterback Davis Webb, cornerback Cam Lewis, tight end Nate Becker, wide receiver Nick Easley, linebacker Tyrel Dodson, wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips, offensive tackle Victor Salako and defensive end Jonathan Woodard to reserve/future contracts Monday.
Wade has been signed to the Bills' practice squad after going unclaimed while on waivers, Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: The Bills get an exemption for Wade, a star rugby player from the United Kingdom, meaning they can now store 11 players on their practice squad instead of the usual 10. However, Wade is the one guy that can't be added to the active roster this season. He showed flashes of brilliance during the preseason, and Mister Rugby should be an intriguing guy to follow next summer. In addition to Wade, the Bills added receiver Duke Williams, defensive end Eddie Yarbrough, defensive tackle Kyle Peko, cornerback Cam Lewis, offensive lineman Erik Magnuson and tight end Nate Becker to the practice squad.
Wade was cut by the Bills on Saturday, The Buffalo News reports.
Analysis: Wade, a star rugby player that's part of the NFL's international program, turned some heads with a few huge plays during the preseason, ones that showed off his raw athletic ability. He's a prime candidate for the team's practice squad if no other team wants to use a roster spot for him, where he'd allow the Bills to have 11 practice squad players since he's exempt from the roster limit.
Wade had just one carry in Thursday's preseason win over the Colts, taking it 65 yards for the Bills' final touchdown of the evening.
Analysis: Granted, the starters for both teams were all off the field by this point, but it was quite a way for the former rugby player to score his first touchdown at any level of football. Wade still faces a pretty long shot to make the final roster, but with more runs like that the Bills might be willing to give him a spot on the practice squad.
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