Buffalo Signs FS Scott and DE Bryan

Copeland Bryan gets a sack

A day after placing Ko Simpson on injured reserve following his season ending ankle injury, and releasing defensive end Eric Powell, Buffalo signed veteran free agent Bryan Scott and defensive end Copeland Bryan Wednesday to fill the void.

A former second-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2003, Scott appeared in 47 games for the Falcons compiling 201 tackles and four interceptions.

The 6’1″ 219-pound safety was then traded to New Orleans in 2006 and played in nine games for the Saints in a reserve role.

This past offseason the Penn State product was signed as a free agent by Tennessee, but was one of their final cuts at the close of training camp.

With the signing of Scott the Bills again have five healthy safeties on the roster and three with NFL game experience in Jim Leonhard, Scott and Donte Whitner. Rookie John Wendling and George Wilson are also on the roster, but have not appeared in an NFL game at safety.

Bryan was signed off of the Chicago Bears practice squad where he also spent the 2006 season. The 24-year old has experience in the Bills defensive scheme as Chicago’s defensive system is similar. The Bryan signing gives Buffalo four healthy defensive ends again counting long snapper Ryan Neill.

The 6’4″ 253-pound Bryan was originally signed by Tennessee in 2006 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona. He finished his college career with 109 tackles, 14 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, 11 pass break-ups, one blocked kick, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Scott, who will wear jersey number 43, and Bryan, who will wear 96, are expected to be on the practice field today.

The signings bring Buffalo’s roster total back up to a full 53-man squad.


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