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While the first preseason game has not been played, most have been led to believe that first-round pick Stephon Gilmore and second-year player Aaron Williams will man the outside corner spots. Aaron Williams' spot was said to be up for grabs entering camp, but I believe the true battle is for the No. 3 corner spot.
The progression of offenses in the NFL to a pass-heavy game has made the need for three or four talented corners a necessity for those who wish to be successful. For some teams, the slot guy leads the team in targets by the end of the season because of their ability to spread the field and own the middle.
The moans of Bills fans can be heard from far and wide every April when the team again selects multiple defensive backs to improve depth. Not everyone sees it this way, but the aforementioned importance for quality defensive backs has had Bills brass on a search for three starting corners for quite some time. Many of those picks have been swings and misses, but there is hope that this will be the year they find such a combination.
Terrence McGee may be the most obvious choice because of his veteran prowess and ability to stay with quick receivers. However, there is no guarantee he is still on the roster when rosters are parred down to 53.
Leodis McKelvin has been a colossal disappointment considering where he was picked in the 2008 draft. He has clear physical skills that are often negated by even clearer lack of football IQ and decision making. Some do feel that he just could be the right fit inside.
Justin Rogers was my original pick for the position, but the former FCS All-American has been hampered with an injury in camp. The only thing Rogers has going for him is that he is most likely to be on the Bills' roster past this season unless McKelvin gets a clue.
Rogers may not see much action in Week 1 because of the injury, but it will be interesting to see the split of snaps between McGee and McKelvin.
Anthony Armstrong will likely be starting in the slot for the Redskins tomorrow, so keep a close eye on who spends more time opposite him with the first-team defense.