Bills sign Jordan Simmons amid O-line injury issues

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The Buffalo Bills did not confirm the reason why, but it’s all too obvious of a time to sign Jordan Simmons.

On Monday ahead of the start of the team’s second day of 2022 training camp, the Bills announced the signing of Simmons to a one-year deal. The 28-year-old is a guard on the offensive line.

The transaction comes one day after Buffalo announced that free-agent signee Rodger Saffold was placed on the non-football injury list (NFI).

Right tackle Spencer Brown was limited on the first day of practice as well, but due to the nature of Simmons’ position, it appears he’s a replacement for Saffold.

Saffold, a 2021 Pro Bowler as a guard with the Tennessee Titans, suffered a rib injury prior to training camp. He sustained that during a car accident.

The Bills did not indicate Simmons is a plug-and-play replacement for Saffold on the depth chart, but it appears as if he is. Simmons’ signing could indicate Saffold might miss some extensive time, but the hope will be the 12-year veteran returns before the start of the regular season.

Simmons played in five games with the Las Vegas Raiders last season and has appeared in 25 total in his NFL career. He was originally an undrafted free agent signee of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.

In 2021, Pro Football Focus graded Simmons poorly in those outings. He earn an overall mark of 48.6 from the football analytics outlet’s metrics.

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