Nickell Robey was an undrafted cornerback out of Southern California in 2013 and proved his value to the Buffalo Bills, but what can he do for an encore? He was a first team all-Pac-12 in 2011 which should echo respect in his coverage abilities in a somewhat pass happy conference. Robey is an undersized (5-foot-7, 165 pounds) defender however he is excellent in what he does. In 2013, Robey had 22 tackles, two sacks and an interception that was returned for a touchdown; if he had anyone’s number last year it was Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill as it’s illustrated in the the picture above.
What the Bills can do with Nickell Robey is quite simple when he is on nickle cornerback blitzes with his size (or lack there of) they can hide him next to defensive end Mario Williams as he is listed at 6-foot-6 and weighs 292 pounds. It’s comparable to what the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints would do with running back Darren Sproles as he could hide behind his right tackle and guard and seemingly pop out the other side and be past the defense and score six points before they knew what hit them.
Nickell Robey should have an even better 2014 as the Bills defense has been upgraded and same with the offense, if the offense catches up to the defense of even last season it will result in many more opportunities. Since if the team plays with the lead for more of the game, their opponents will have to pass the ball much more than run the ball thus running off more clock as well. After the upgrades it’s realistic to think he can get at least three interceptions while returning at least one for a touchdown and three sacks this year.
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