Nickell Robey came on last year as an undrafted free agent and made a statement to the Bills coaching staff and at that time defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, that he was the real deal standing at 5’8″ tall and being the smallest player on the team.
He still holds the honors of being the smallest player on the team, but his nickel spot on defensive is in question with the free agent signing of Corey Graham from the Ravens.
So far through OTAs, Graham has been the starter at the nickel spot, leaving the question what will happen with Robey, who seemed to come away with the big play now and again. Nickell Robey did come out with the first team backs yesterday in OTAs but was bookend by Mario Butler and Ron Brooks. The second team consisted of Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin and Corey Graham.
Defensive Coordinator, Jim Schwartz, has stated that Robey will have a role in his defense but will Robey’s size hold up in the new defensive scheme?
“He’s certainly going to have a role,” Schwartz said. “He’s been one of our best players through our OTAs so far.”
“I’ll tell you what,” Schwartz said. “If you measure heart — if you measure things like that — he’s 6-foot-10.”
Robey reminds me of another small cornerback that the Bills had a couple of years ago; Antoine Winfield. Robey is not the big hitter that Winfield was but he is a small player that plays a big game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Schwartz has something set up for Robey in his defensive thought process.
It is too early to tell where everyone will land, especially, with Corey Graham being in the mix for a possible move to safety. If that happens, look for Robey to step back into the spot that he held down all of last year.