Monday, July 1, 2013

Marrone 'satisfied' with Bills' depth at cornerback


In a Buffalo Bills defense that is expected to improve under new coordinator Mike Pettine, cornerback remains a question.

New Bills coach Doug Marrone is confident there will be answers sooner than later. (photo: Angelina Purpura, Flickr)

“I am (satisfied) with the depth there,” Marrone recently told ”I think we have competition there. I think Stephon Gilmore had a great spring camp. He’s done a really nice job. I’m looking forward to seeing who that third or fourth corner is."

The Bills expect Gilmore, the team's No. 1 corner, to make a big leap in Year 2, but an underwhelming Leodis McKelvin is slated to start on the opposite side.

"I’m looking forward to Leodis coming back," Marrone said.

With Aaron Williams moving to safety after struggling at corner, the nickel and dime CB gigs are essentially up for grabs, though general manager Doug Whaley slated third-year cornerback Justin Rogers and second-year DB Ron Brooks as the favorites for the slot job(s).

“Brooks and Rogers, those guys are going to compete for that nickel role and then we’ve got some young guys coming in,” Whaley said.

Recent practice-squaders Crezdon Butler and T.J. Heath, along with undrafted rook Nickell Robey, will battle for roster spots, and as Chris Brown of noted a few days ago, the Bills also consider fourth-round rookie Duke Williams, a listed safety, as a possible solution at cornerback if no one steps up.

Williams worked at cornerback in OTAs and reportedly looked the part, hanging with speedy receiver T.J. Graham for a few pass breakups.

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