Bills cut running back Jonathan Williams

Buffalo Bills' Jonathan Williams (31) runs away from Detroit Lions' Teez Tabor (30) for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – In a stunning move on Sunday, the Bills parted ways with running back Jonathan Williams.

Williams, who was slated to be the No. 2 back behind LeSean McCoy, played in 11 games as a rookie in 2016 and rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown.




The Dallas native was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round out of Arkansas and played in the second half of the preseason finale against the Lions.

The cut now leaves the Bills with running backs Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones, along with fullbacks Pat DiMarco and Mike Tolbert to fill in after McCoy.

Following the trade of Reggie Ragland, it looked as thought Hodges had secured a backup behind Preston Brown.  According to NFL Insider Rapoport, the Bills tried to trade the linebacker on Saturday.


Brown was signed by the Bills in March as a depth signing to help shore up the receiving corp. He had nine catches for 87 yards in the preseason.

Buffalo claimed offensive lineman Connor McDermott, linebacker Dion Lacey and tight end Khari Lee off of waivers.

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