The Bills had invited five players with NFL experience to their rookie minicamp this weekend to tryout for the team. Of those, one impressed: Joe Giles-Harris.
The linebacker inked a one-year deal with the Bills. The team announced his signing on Sunday.
Giles-Harris appeared in nine games with the Jaguars last season, making two starts. In those games, he notched 21 tackles, two for loss and a sack. Pro Football Focus was also a fan of his, as the football analytics outlet graded him a 75.6 overall last season.
Giles-Harris did not meet the minimal requirements to rank in PFF’s overall linebacker grading chart, but his 75.6 mark would have slotted him as their eighth-best linebacker in 2020 if he had met that threshold.
The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Giles-Harris also played in 39 percent of the Jaguars’ special teams snaps last season despite only seeing action in nine contests.
That might be the best route for him to make the Bills’ final roster in training camp as the linebacker room is a packed house currently in Buffalo.
Behind starters Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, the Bills still have AJ Klein and Tyler Matakevich, along with the likes of Andre Smith, Tyrel Dodson, and three other offseason signings: Marquel Lee, Tyrell Adams and Mike Bell.
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