Former first-round CFL draft pick Daniel Joseph released by Buffalo Bills

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Canadian defensive lineman Daniel Joseph has been released by the Buffalo Bills.

The six-foot-two, 261-pound edge rusher signed with the team in mid-May after going unselected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He dressed for all three of the team’s preseason games and recorded three total tackles and one sack.

The Toronto native had an underwhelming pro day at the end of March, running a 5.08-second forty-yard dash, 7.45-second three-cone, and 4.45-second short shuttle. He also leaped 29 inches in the vertical jump and nine feet in the broad jump. He did not participate in the bench press due to a nagging pectoral injury.

Joseph transferred to North Carolina State in 2020 following a three-year stint at Penn State. He had two highly-productive seasons for the Wolfpack, recording 83 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles over 22 games.

Joseph was selected by the B.C. Lions with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 CFL Draft. As such, the club continues to hold his exclusive rights should he choose to sign north of the border.