The Bills continued tweaking their roster Sunday when they released veteran punter Colton Schmidt and claimed rookie Corey Bojorquez off waivers from New England. Buffalo also claimed cornerback Ryan Lewis from the Patriots.
Schmidt had a shaky training camp before surviving a challenge from Jon Ryan when the Bills trimmed their roster to 53 players. Schmidt was scheduled to make $1.15 million this season. Bojorquez, 21, who punts with his left foot, is expected make the rookie minimum salary of $480,000.
The Bills were looking to spend less money while upgrading the position. Bojorquez, who played collegiately for New Mexico. Bojorquez (pronounced: Bo-HORK-ez) averaged 47.3 yards per kick last season and 45.1 yards over his two seasons with the Lobos. He signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent and was waived Saturday.
Schmidt had been solid for the Bills during his first four seasons after making the team in 2014 under Doug Marrone. He averaging 44.1 yards per punt over his career. He struggled at times in training camp. In four preseason games, however, his average dipped to 43.7 yards per punt.
Lewis played one game for the Pats, his only NFL game, after starring at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a college teammate of Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman and had two interceptions when Peterman led Pitt in their upset over second-ranked Clemson in 2016.