The Buffalo Bills didn’t add much at nickel this offseason but the answer to the position may already be on the roster.
There has been plenty of focus on the nickel position this offseason for the Buffalo Bills. The team added a position on the coaching staff dedicated to the position this offseason along with who the answer is to the “Buffalo Nickel” role.
Currently the starter for the Bills is Taron Johnson, who has played the role for most of the past two seasons. The former fourth round pick by the Bills has done a good job when on the field but the issue is the fact that Taron Johnson has dealt with a number of injuries, missing nine games over the past two seasons.
That is why depth is going to be critical for this position and the team may have that with Cam Lewis, former University of Buffalo corner, who recently said he is trying to develop at the nickel position.
In a recent interview with Josh Reed of WIVB, Lewis said he is trying to find additional ways to help the team, especially considering the increase competition at cornerback.
"“I’m trying develop as a nickel, I can still play on the outside and special teams is where I can make a mark, just helping the team out in any role that I can.”"
Lewis was an undrafted free agent signing last offseason by the Buffalo Bills. He was cut prior to the start of the 2019 season however the Bills brought him back on the practice squad. The team signed him to a futures/reserve contract at the end of this past season.
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise and even last offseason when the Buffalo Bills signed Lewis, GM Brandon Beane believed that he had nickel ability.
Even with a shift to nickel, Cam Lewis is going to be on the fringe of the 53-man roster and will need to have a strong showing leading up to the 2020 season to make the roster this year.