Cam Lewis - Defensive Back
Lewis was all over the field against the Chicago Bears, making four total tackles and a pass breakup. He was often in on multiple plays. This was a big game for him, as I believe he and Siran Neal are in a battle for one of the spots on this Bills roster. With so much depth, that includes Dane Jackson, Kaiir Elam, and Christian Benford, who also had a solid game, there may not be room for both Lewis and Neal.
Lewis provides flexibility for Buffalo too. He's lined up as the nickel corner in place of Taron Johnson and he's lined up as a safety too. The same is true of Neal but it will be difficult given the addition of Taylor Rapp, who also played in the nickel role.
In my latest 53-man projection, I do have both Lewis and Neal making the team but as I mentioned in that piece, it will depend on whether the Bills want to make room elsewhere on the roster for fringe players, such as Andy Isabella. I had the team keeping six receivers but if they decide to go seven, that means another position is minus one spot, which could be at corner, particularly given so much versatility among other defensive backs.
Ja'Marcus Ingram - Defensive Back
With the Bills holding onto a 14 - 10 lead, the Bears had the ball with a chance to put some points on the board to close out the half. Instead, Ja'Marcus Ingram made an excellent read on the play, broke on the pass, stepped in, and made the interception. He tacked on a 36-yard return, setting up the Bills offense with excellent field position.
The ensuing Bills drive led to a field goal and a 17 - 10 lead going into the half. Those types of plays can be game-changers and with Buffalo winning the game by three, it was the difference in this one. Ingram also added four total tackles, including two solo stops and a pass breakup as well.
It was Ingram's best game of the preseason; however, as I mentioned with Cam Lewis, the Bills have a loaded defensive backfiled and Ingram is going to have a hard time making the final roster. Ingram is entering year two with Buffalo and has an understanding of this defense, which is good and why he likely ends up on the practice squad in 2023.