Buffalo Bills: Report card for the defense halfway through the 2020 season

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 22: Tre’Davious White #27 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates making the game clinching interception in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field on September 22, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Cincinnati 21-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /

Cornerbacks: B-

Tre’Davous White has been quite quiet this season. This is seen as a good thing as teams are not targeting his side of the field because they know he is capable of making plays and taking the ball away. The consequence of this is that other areas and players are being picked on by offenses. The largest culprit of this is Taron Johnson in the nickel-corner position.

Through eight games, Johnson has been picked on giving up 322 yards on a completion rate of 73.3% with his inability to cover receivers being the Achilles heel of the secondary.  Giving up 9.8 yards per attempt on 33 completions, other options may be looked at to fill that slot.

While the CB1 slot has been occupied by White, the CB2 slot has seen some shuffling due to injuries, resulting in underperformance. While Levi Wallace was out, Josh Norman was called to action. While Norman did initially play well against the Raiders, injuries have forced him to the sidelines, hindering his chances to regain his All-Pro level of play.

Looking forward to the rest of the season, the Bills potentially stare down two of their biggest threats. Taking on the D.K. Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9 and DeAndre Hopkins in Week 10, the Bills corners will have a prime opportunity to make a statement.