Blanton was released by the Bills on Tuesday, Joe Buscaglia of 7 ABC Buffalo reports.
Blanton actually had a chance for more opportunity with the team following the long-term injury to fellow safety Colt Anderson this past Sunday, but the Bills instead brought in two new safeties Tuesday, thereby giving Blanton the heave-ho.
Blanton signed a contract with the Bills on Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Blanton, a six-year veteran who suited up in 10 games for the Bills in 2016, will rejoin the club after Buffalo waived fellow safety Trae Elston a day earlier. It's expected that Blanton will step in as the top backup to strong safety Micah Hyde.
Blanton (ankle) has participated in contract drills during training camp, SportsDayDFW.com reports.
Blanton logged 106 tackles in the 2014 season, but he didn't record over 35 in his next two seasons -- partially due to last campaign being cut short by an ankle injury. He'll be in the thick of a battle with Jeff Heath for the starting strong safety spot, as Heath hasn't flashed overly-impressive numbers in his four-year career. Keep on an eye on this competition throughout preseason.
Blanton (ankle) signed a contract with the Cowboys on Thursday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Blanton played for the Bills last season, accumulating 35 combined tackles in 10 games. He started for a short stretch, but an injured ankle ended his season in what was an awful campaign health-wise for the Buffalo secondary. Blanton will likely fill a reserve role for the Cowboys going forward behind starting free safety Byron Jones. Blanton has 19 career starts and is only two years removed from a 106-tackle season, so he has some NFL experience if he were to be called upon during some portion of the upcoming season.
Blanton (foot) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Bills' sideline reporter Sal Capaccio reports.
After a demotion in snaps, Blanton injured his foot late in Sunday's win over the Bengals. Specifics of the injury did not come to light during the week, but he was ultimately ruled out for Week 12 in Friday's injury report. James Ihedigbo, Sergio Brown, and Jonathan Meeks are all in the mix for replacing Blanton at strong safety.
Blanton (foot) missed practice for the third straight day Friday and is listed as out for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
The Bills are now down two strong safeties with Aaron Williams already out for the season, so they'll use some mixture of newcomer James Ihedigbo, Sergio Brown, or Jonathan Meeks to cover for the loss of Blanton.
Blanton (foot) is doubtful to play Sunday against the Jaguars, ESPN reports.
Blanton, the Bills' starting strong safety, left Week 11's bout with the Bengals after sustaining a foot injury in the fourth quarter. The specifics of his injury haven't come to light though, making it unclear when he could return. In the interim, both James Ihedigbo and Jonathan Meeks are candidates to start in his place.
Blanton left Sunday's win over the Bengals late in the fourth quarter with a foot injury, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Blanton was seeing starter's snaps just a short time ago, but he had to share the job Sunday following a poor stretch of play, took a stupid penalty in the game, and then ended up with an injury. His short window of IDP worth has closed rather quickly.
Blanton, who had been the starting strong safety following a neck injury to Aaron Williams, is now rotating time in practice with James Ihedigbo, Sergio Brown and Jonathan Meeks, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Blanton posted 15 tackles over the Week 8-9 span, but he's been hurting the team with some sloppy coverage. The Bills used the bye week to make several changes in the starting lineup, and while they haven't named a specific starter for strong safety, did acknowledge the position as a problem area and almost everyone expects some sort of rotation Sunday against the Bengals. If you must own a Buffalo safety, pick Corey Graham and avoid Blanton r anyone over on the strong side for now.
Blanton recorded 11 total tackles in Sunday's loss to the Patriots while playing 67 of 68 of the defensive snaps.
Aaron Williams was placed on IR this week, so it looks like the starting strong safety job is Blanton's as long as his play stays up to snuff. Blanton did log 106 tackles two seasons ago, so he could begin to merit a pickup in deep IDP leagues.
Blanton, who saw action on 47 percent of the defensive snaps last week, could see even more playing time Sunday with Aaron Williams ruled out due to a neck injury.
The Bills also are saying they're going to mix and match the usual Williams assignments, so don't assume Blanton is going to be on the field 100 percent of the time, either. He's worth watching from an IDP standpoint if Williams' injury keeps him out long term, while Corey Graham remains the safety to own in this defensive backfield.
Blanton posted a season-high seven tackles during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins while seeing action on 47 percent of the defensive snaps.
Blanton posted three of those tackles on special teams -- the only phase of the game where the team performed well Sunday -- but saw the field with regularity on defense once Aaron Williams left after taking a penalized hit from Javon Landry. Williams suffered a head/neck injury, a scary scene made even worse in that he's been plagued by these throughout his career; if he misses any time, either Blanton or Duke Williams would likely be tasked to take on starting duties. Blanton's a strong tackler, so this is at least worth keeping an eye on.
Blanton signed with the Bills on Friday.
Blanton joins the Bills after playing in all 16 games for the Vikings last season, when he compiled 34 tackles. However, that came after Blanton posted 106 tackles in 2014, so although he'll likely begin as a second-stringer in Buffalo, the veteran safety will aim for a bounce back season with his new team.
Blanton (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Vikings are still missing Harrison Smith (hamstring) for Sunday's game, but with Andrew Sendejo (knee) returning to action, it looks like any avenue to the starting lineup will close for Blanton, who saw just six snaps a week earlier. Sendejo and Anthony Harris look to be in line to serve as the starting safety tandem.
Blanton (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Listed as questionable for last Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Blanton ended up playing in the contest, but his omission from the starting lineup strongly suggested that his knee was still a concern. He has clearly made progress since that time, and with Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring) ruled out for another week, Blanton and Andrew Sendejo will likely be the starting safeties. However, there is some chance that undrafted rookie Anthony Harris will be involved, following his eight-tackle showing in Week 14.
Blanton (knee) is not listed as a starter for Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Vikings will move starting cornerback Terence Newman to safety, alongside recently-signed Anthony Harris. Although Blanton is active for Thursday's game, this decision strongly indicates that his knee is a major concern. He thus makes for a poor IDP option, with both Newman and Harris offering more temporary promise. First-round rookie Trae Waynes will take Newman's spot at cornerback.
Blanton (knee) is active for Thursday's game against the Cardinals.
With Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring) and Andrew Sendejo (knee) both ruled out ahead of time, Blanton figures to play nearly all of the defensive snaps, assuming he's healthy enough to do so. According to ESPN's Ben Goessling, Anthony Harris will get the starting nod over Shuan Prater at the other safety spot. Given that Harris and Prater were just signed this week, Blanton is easily the best IDP option of the bunch.
Blanton (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday's outing at Arizona, Travis Langer of the Vikings' official site reports.
The Vikings' safety ranks have been ravaged in recent weeks, culminating in three members -- Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring), Andrew Sendejo (knee), and Antone Exum (IR, shoulder/rib) -- taking a seat in Week 14, and in Exum's case, for the rest of the season. If Blanton joins them in street clothes, the team will have just a pair of healthy bodies (Shaun Prater and Anthony Harris) to cover safety Thursday.
Blanton (knee) didn't partake in practice Monday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
If the Vikings exercise caution with nominal free safety Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring) on Thursday in Arizona, Blanton would be the prime beneficiary, as evidenced by 18 tackles (15 solo) over the last two contests. However, Blanton emerged from Sunday's loss to the Seahawks with a knee injury, which could continue to hinder his practice reps on a short week of preparation.
Blanton had nine total tackles in Sunday's loss to Seattle. He played 56 of the 67 defensive snaps, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports
Blanton got extensive playing time with both starting safeties hurt. Andrew Sendejo was already out with a knee injury and Harrison Smith left with a sore hamstring early in the game. Blanton could be in line to start Thursday against Arizona as a result.