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Kicker Hopkins among 11 players released by the Bills


The Buffalo Bills will not embrace the luxury of having a kickoff specialist to start the season.

The team announced that place-kicker Dustin Hopkins was among 11 players released today. The move was not a surprise. Most teams do not opt to keep a kickoff specialist, and Hopkins never was a threat to Bills place-kicker Dan Carpenter, who was signed to a contract extension in the offseason.

Also released were: quarterback Dennis Dixon, receivers Tori Gurley and Chris Summers, running back Ronnie Wingo, guard J.J. 'Unga, center Macky MacPherson, defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, safeties Derek Brim and Jajuan Harley and punter Jake Dombrowski.

  • repomania

    They kept EJ?

    • Polish Prince

      Yes, he was appointed the Starter in May 2013 before he threw a single pass.
      Apparently, there is no open competition at the QB position.....

  • Paul Bruhns

    Zero surprises, but the next round will undoubtedly have some notables. Any or all of the following are looking possible to me: Thad Lewis, Chris Hairston, TJ Graham, Tony Moeaki?

    • Vidiot

      Wow, you left out a good baker's dozen there too.

    • B H

      You forgot EJ........PLEASE CUT EJ........make him some other teams curse.

  • Ralph Wiggum

    Macky MacPherson is one heck of a great name.

    • Some Guy

      It's a nickname. His real first name is Richard.

      • Ralph Wiggum

        Yea, I'd go by Macky too if my name was Richard.

  • Polish Prince

    Dennis Dixon was cut?!!


    • B H

      Hey PP......YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS,,,,,,,,,,da Bills finally did something RIGHTTTTTTT ! !!!!!

      • cheektowaga

        Sure…but the brain trust in place saw fit to sign Dixon to begin with..UGH!

  • Dave

    Quite possibly the Bills current QBs could rival the worst quarterback roster of all time.

    • Polish Prince

      Yes, but only if they re-sign Bruce Mathison.

  • Juan Moretime

    If you get cut from this lousy team, it is time to utilize that college degree you worked so hard for.....cuz this aint your career.

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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