Saturday, August 31, 2013
Will Bills look for help at cornerback?
By Mike Rodak
Despite making the bulk of their roster cuts on Friday, the Buffalo Bills could still be in for a busy weekend.
Nearly 100 players hit the waiver wire or open market Friday evening, giving the Bills a chance to comb the free-agent landscape for help.
Buffalo's roster stands at 55 players entering Saturday, and while they must get down to 53 players by 6 p.m., it may not be as straightforward as releasing two players. Waiver claims, signings and trades all could be in the forecast.
At what positions might the Bills need a boost? Here's a look:
- Cornerback: The Bills have battled injuries at this position since the start of training camp, and their most recent loss is their biggest. Top cornerback Stephon Gilmore is out six to eight weeks with a fractured wrist, creating a gaping hole in the secondary the Bills will try to fill. Outside of Gilmore, the Bills have veterans Leodis McKelvin, Justin Rogers and Ron Brooks under contract -- Brooks has been exclusively playing the slot -- while undrafted rookie Nickell Robey has also been retained to this point. It would be surprising if the Bills go into Week 1 with just those four players healthy. With Crezdon Butler released on Friday, they could use another option to try out at the position.
- Interior offensive line: There hasn't been any word on the exact nature of Doug Legursky's leg injury in Thursday night's preseason finale that required him to be carted off the field. The Bills did not place Legursky on injured reserve on Friday, but perhaps that's only because they're waiting for more tests. If it's a season-ending injury, the Bills would be down to just two backups along their offensive line: Thomas Welch and Sam Young. Both play primarily tackle, but could slide inside to guard in an emergency. Still, the Bills are likely on the lookout for interior offensive line help, particularly a player who, like Legursky, can play both guard and center.
- Quarterback: Quarterback was the biggest story of the Bills' preseason, and even with EJ Manuel closer to returning to play, they could still be in the market for a veteran backup. They released Matt Leinart on Friday after he posted a dismal 0.0 quarterback rating in Thursday's finale. Thad Lewis, acquired in a trade on Sunday, looks to have earned the No. 3 job, if only by default. The Bills would probably like a player with more experience than Lewis to join Manuel and fellow rookie Jeff Tuel in their quarterback meeting room.