Baylon Spector is fighting to establish a defined role with the Buffalo Bills
Baylon Spector was the other linebacker the Buffalo Bills drafted in 2022, though he was a late round selection with the Bills waiting until the seventh round to take him. Also 24 years old, he played just 12 snaps last season, equating to 1% of the Bills defensive plays. Early in the season he was a contributor on special teams but ended up inactive for the last half of the season.
Entering the offseason, he seemed like he would have a shot to earn a more consistent roster spot in 2023 through increased special teams reps, however those opportunities seem to have decreased significantly with the Bills other signings, including bringing back their own free agent in Tyler Matakevich who provides direct competition for Spector as a linebacker depth piece as well as on special teams.
What may work to Spector’s advantage is that he has always been a good tackler. From his time at Clemson, throughout last year’s draft process, and early in the year when he was given opportunities on special teams, he has shown speed and reliable tackling ability. For a Bills team that often struggled, especially with downfield tackling, this skill may give him a leg up and provide opportunities for him as he continues to develop and learn the Bills system.