Bills sign WR Deonte Thopmson

October 17, 2017

The Bills made several roster moves Tuesday as they return from their bye week and prepare to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Orchard Park.

The team announced it signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson, who was released by the Bears last week.  The six-year veteran spent parts of 2014 and 2015 with the Bills.  The University of Florida product was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 by the Baltimore Ravens.  

In five games with Chicago this season, Thompson caught eleven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.  He also returned eleven kicks for an average of 20.8 yards per return, good for ninth in the league.  Thompson is also ninth amongst all active players with a 24.8 yards per kick return average for his career.

Thompson comes to the Bills as they monitor the progress of wideout Jordan Matthews, who is recovering from thumb surgery and considered day-to-day.  Matthews’ status for Sunday’s game is yet to be determined.

To make room on the roster for Thompson, the Bills released running back Joe Banyard, who had appeared in two games this season, playing exclusively on special teams.

The Bills also made a few practice squad moves Tuesday, signing safety LJ McCray and releasing OL Jordan Mudge and DL Marquavius Lewis.

McCray, originally an undrafted free agent signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2014, appeared in 22 games over two seasons, primarily playing on special teams.  He spent this preseason with the Carolina Panthers, but was placed on injured reserve before the regular season started. The 26-year old Catawba College product was waived by the Panthers with an injury settlement last month.

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