Training camp is underway for the Buffalo Bills, and there are multiple starting positions up for grabs. The No. 2 receiver position is what most fans are talking about, but in our first training camp battle, I'll discuss the position which intrigues me most: the starting cornerback across from Stephon Gilmore.
Stephon Gilmore wasn't drafted 10th overall in the 2012 NFL draft to sit on the bench or rotate into the lineup. He should be and is expected to be a day one starter. The battle for the second spot is available for the taking, and it will be between three men: Terrence McGee, Aaron Williams and Leodis McKelvin.
When healthy, Terrence McGee is a reliable cornerback. Unfortunately for McGee, he cannot stay healthy. Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com has reported that McGee is not 100 percent for the start of training camp. Even when McGee is inserted into the lineup, he has lost a step from where he was in his prime. His most important role this year may be teaching the young cornerbacks on the job.
Aaron Williams is entering year two in the NFL after being drafted in the second round (Pick 34) of the 2011 NFL draft. He was only able to play in nine games after suffering a chest injury in a Week 3 victory of the New England Patriots.
While Aaron Williams did not play a full season, he made a great impression with Bills fans and the front office alike. Williams finished the 2011 NFL season will 32 total tackles, one forced fumble and one interception. While playing well against the pass, Aaron Williams was most impressive in defending the run.
This is Leodis McKelvin's make-it-or-break it year with the Buffalo Bills. McKelvin, an impending free agent, has proven he has the skill to stay with wide receivers. But his biggest flaw is playing the ball. Oftentimes, McKelvin mistimes his jumps and ends up giving up big plays.
The former first-round pick does not seem likely to win the starting job, but Dave Wannstedt will give McKelvin opportunities to start in a contract year.
It is my belief that the Buffalo Bills will be starting one of the youngest tandems at the cornerback position with Stephon Gilmore and Aaron Williams. Terrence McGee will be able to spell the young players at times and, most importantly, mentor the players.
Leodis McKelvin is likely to play in the slot in nickel packages, but I'd be very surprised to see him win the starting job across from Stephon Gilmore.