Bills Give Former Steelers QB Dennis Dixon The Early Ax

It might finally be the end of the line for former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon as the Oregon product was included in the first round of cuts made Monday morning by the Buffalo Bills.

Dixon, who was selected by the Steelers in the fifth-round (156th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, wasn’t given much of a shot by the Bills to beat out backups Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel during the preseason as he threw just one pass and rushed six times for 10 yards in the eight snaps that he was on the field for.

Nearly a year ago, Dixon was released by the Philadelphia Eagles after failing to earn a roster spot as a backup with them. He was signed by the Bills to their practice squad last October and remained there the rest of the season.

During his time with the Steelers, Dixon was 35-of-59 passing for 402 with one touchdown and two interceptions.

  • Still_JPDQ

    Cue the selective-memory “Sign him! Sign him! He has to be better than Landry Jones!” posts…

  • Jiu Jitsu Nerd .

    I think I would rather have Dixon over Landry Jones both will probably throw a ton of picks if they have to play… At least Dixon can make something happen with his legs.

  • GoSteelerz

    The bills also cut Ronnie Wingo, a young RB that many Buffalo fans liked… I guess we still need to get our guys some reps though, to see what they can do, so we’ll see what happens, but we should have our eyes on the waiver wire regardless.

  • ApexSteel

    Damn and it only took one minute…

  • Jeff

    I remember when Dennis Dixon held up on signing a restricted FA tender because he thought he would be a starter for a team….

  • steeltown

    one pass and six rushes… sounds like the Dixon of old, all too often reverting to his legs

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I agree about looking at the waiver wire. I see the Jets cut Ras-I-Dowling, a CB that was very highly rated coming out of college, but has had injury problems every year. I believe he is still practice squad eligible. He is a tall CB with good speed, a 2nd round pick. The current backups on the Steelers roster aren’t that impressive.

  • PA2AK

    lol….at least Landry Jones could still surprise us and become a polished turd. we know Dixon is all out of polish.

  • treeher

    where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Not to skew the discussion, and Dixon isn’t the answer, but is there any possiblity that there is someone that will hit the streets that we can improve the roster over Jones? Really, I cringe at the thought of him under center in the cataclysmic event that he be needed.

  • steeltown

    Someone mentioned the other day, and I agree, Connor Shaw. He doesn’t have prototypical size but he’s an athletic guy with an accurate arm. He would probably fit well in Haley’s dink and dunk Offense

  • kev4heels

    he’s better than landry jones at this point.

  • Still_JPDQ

    Yeah, a tire fire.

  • sweetleb

    on last cuts a veteran 3-4 d-end could be what the steelers are looking for ,if they carry 6 d-lineman in the early season heat.

  • srdan

    If chip doesn’t want him, then I find it hard to believe anyone else would give him a go.

  • GoSteelerz

    We have hardly even seen the backups to know for sure whether or not they are impressive/have potential. How do we know what a guy can do if we hardly play him? We need to get a look at those guys first in the next preseason game and then once we have a better assessment, we can make a better decision. As little as we’ve seen of these guys, any reaction at this point would be a “knee-jerk” reaction. I would love to see Toler and Devin Smith play together for an extended period of time next game. Last time Toler and Green played together, they forced 2 coverage sacks, and though Toler did poorly on two plays, he did well on a few more, but with only 18 defensive snaps thus far, do we really know what he can do? This is an example of a larger problem to me. Not getting our young/new guys much playing time in the preseason. This affects depth, having guys that aren’t ready is a failing on the coaching staff, to me anyway. They’ve done this at nearly every position it seems, and with the changes looming ahead in particular at the CB position, we need to get good looks at these guys now!

  • Steelers@2010

    Man, you must be smoking some of the same stuff LeVeon Blount was smoking if you honestly believe that.

  • Steelers@2010

    Why not? Can’t be any worse than what they currently have.

  • Steelers@2010

    Ok, then he clearly was smoking something. The most he ever will be is a 3rd string QB.