ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Bills added another fullback to the mix on Wednesday, signing John Conner. To make room, the team released former JFK and UB star Corey Knox.
Conner, a Jets fifth round pick in 2010, played for Rex Ryan in New York, so the Bills coach is well aware of his capabilities.
“It’s funny when you look at players, you evaluate players and all that and it’s well known that I was looking for other guys and I noticed this guy as I was looking at linebackers and he was just pummeling them. I’m like, “Wow.” A guy named Joker Phillips was there that I coached with at the University of Cincinnati, he was the offensive coordinator. He said, “You think those are impressive? You’ve got to see him on the kickoff return team.” I’m like, “What? Ok.” So I go back and look, oh my goodness. I mean it was scary some of the hits,” said Ryan.
Conner joins Jerome Felton as fullbacks on the roster, and Ryan said there’s a possibility the Bills could carry both on the roster this year.
“Both (Jerome) Felton and John, can they contribute on special teams as well? I think both guys can. Clearly we brought Felton in to be the guy, but it just so happens that John Conner is still sitting out there and you know what, I know John and he’s a heck of a football player. He’s an excellent teammate, so let’s bring him in, let him compete and I would not be surprised if John makes our team,” said Ryan.
The Bills released Knox to stay at the 90-man offseason roster limit. The team signed him earlier in the offseason, and he participated in the team’s rookie mini-camp this past weekend.