Buffalo Bills: Key takeaways from first week of training camp
Levi Wallace holding onto starting job
The starting cornerback job opposite Tre’Davious White had some questions about whether Levi Wallace could continue his strong finish last year and carry it over to this year. The Bills brought in veterans Kevin Johnson and EJ Gaines to compete for the job.
However, the second year player has done a good job holding off the competition and is still holding onto the starting job. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said that Wallace is the starting cornerback and it is essentially his job to lose.
"“He’s the incumbent starter and somebody has to take it away from him,” he said. “It’s always about competition. And all the guys are competing for a starting job, but he’s the starter. Whether guys are gaining on him or not, it matters but it doesn’t matter. Levi is the starter and we’ll see how things go. We’ll see how those other guys come along.”"
This is vote of confidence is great for a young player like Wallace to here. There is too many times that a young player sees a team bring in veterans to compete, which has a negative impact on their performance as they lose some of that confidence.
Wallace hasn’t faltered in that regard but must continue playing at a high level to remain the starter. The good news for the Buffalo Bills is that if Wallace holds onto the job, they will have depth at the position that they didn’t have a year ago. Kevin Johnson and EJ Gaines are players who have the ability to step into the starting lineup at a moments notice and play at a high level.