Buffalo Bills 5 strongest positions heading into 2019
By Avery Duncan
The Bills’ cornerback group is oozing with young talent and star potential alike. Tre’Davious White is the obvious number one, and the leader of the pack. In two seasons of play, he’s established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, no matter if he plays man or zone. But the LSU product isn’t the only star the Bills are breading at cornerback.
2018 undrafted free agent Levi Wallace appears to be a suitable sidekick to White. He earned the starting job week ten and proceeded to run away with it. In his seven starts, he racked up three pass deflections and 37 total tackles. Despite his limited playing time, Pro Football Focus gave Wallace an 83.5 grade — good for fourth in the NFL and first among all rookie corners.
The youth movement doesn’t end at White and Wallace. Sophomore Taron Johnson looks to be the Bills’ answer at slot cornerback. He’s cerebral, plays with a chip on his shoulder, and isn’t afraid to be physical. His skillset shined in his rookie year, as in 11 games, he tallied a pick, three pass deflections, and 42 total tackles.
Behind the trio is one of the more impressive depth charts of cornerbacks in the NFL. Former first-round pick Kevin Johnson signed with the team to kickstart the revival of his young career. He looked impressive during spring practice and is contending for Wallace’s job. After Johnson is the returning E.J. Gaines. In his one season in Buffalo in 2017, Gaines reeled in an interception and tallied nine pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 59 tackles.
The Bills don’t have any current superstars at cornerback, but there is potential for that in both White and Wallace. But the two isn’t what makes this position group so strong, and No. 1 on this list. The depth at the position is equally as impressive as the starters on-board.