Buffalo Bills 2018 Position Battle: Starting slot corner
Phillip Gaines: Starter
Gaines will bring experience to the position and show his ability to play during camp. He is not competing with high draft picks, so the pressure on him is not going to be immense. He will start the season at nickel and try to learn from a veteran like Vontae Davis on how to play corner at a higher level.
Taron Johnson: First player off the bench and special teams ace
Johnson is just too raw to start from day one. Weber State did not face a high level of competition and he’d be playing a different position than he played in college. That is not a good recipe for a starting rookie.
First he must learn the playbook. Then he should consult White and Davis on the techniques needed to succeed at the NFL level. He will make a name for himself on special teams in year one.
If Gaines suffers from bad play or an injury, Johnson will be the next man up.
Levi Wallace: Last round of cuts or core special team player
Undrafted free agents rarely make the final roster. His story is remarkable, and I do not want to write him off as a camp cut.
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I do believe he has the talent to succeed in the NFL, so if he makes the roster, he will be on several special teams.