With several open roster spots becoming available due to some new additions to the season-ending I.R. list, the Buffalo Bills have promoted ex-University of Buffalo wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt from the practice squad to the active roster, according to Chris Brown at buffalobills.com
The wide receiver was seen taking extra punts on Friday, while leads to speculation that Roosevelt may be the primary punt returner, or at least the back up to Leodis McKelvin. The move also suggests that C.J. Spiller will not be ready to be active on Sunday.
In addition to promoting Roosevelt, the Bills also promoted linebacker Thomas Williams from the practice squad. To make room for these moves, the Bills placed two defensive veterans, newcomer Shawne Merriman and Keith Ellison, on the I.R. list.
For Merriman the experiment to see what he had left in the tank proved to be nothing more than much ado about nothing. You would like to have seen him on the field, but he apparently was not making any progress with his injured Achilles' heel, so the Bills made the move to free up his roster spot.
Keith Ellison was a reasonable fill in at linebacker, but lacked the size to be considered an elite linebacker. Since his contract is up this year, this may be his swan song as a Bills player.
For Roosevelt, he may need to focus on special teams, just like fellow undrafted rookie Donald Jones did initially. He is now the fifth wide receiver on the pecking chart behind Steve Johnson, Lee Evans, David Nelson and Donald Jones. Local fans will be excited to see Roosevelt in action.