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Bills' Gilmore injury from Pats perspective

8/27/2013

Big news came out of Buffalo yesterday, as the team is now planning on Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie, to start at quarterback against the Patriots in Week 1.

For some historical perspective, Tuel would be the first undrafted rookie quarterback to start in Week 1 in the common era of the NFL (1967 and beyond).

But Tuel was the focus of only one major storyline yesterday, as the Bills also announced that second-year cornerback Stephon Gilmore would miss six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured wrist.

Gilmore, just 22, is arguably the Bills' best defensive player and one of the top young cornerbacks in the NFL. While he sits, the Bills are expected to start Leodis McKelvin at one cornerback spot and Crezdon Butler at the other.

The team has rolled through a roulette of other options during training camp for depth purposes, including Justin Rogers, Ron Brooks and T.J. Heath.

The safety position, on paper, is solidified, as Aaron Williams can pair with top free safety Jairus Byrd, though Byrd remains disgruntled over an offseason that saw no contract extension for the team's franchise tag player.

With Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski unlikely to play in the season opener, the projected starting units for each team may look like this:

Patriots receivers in 11 personnel vs. Bills nickel defense

WR-S: Danny Amendola

WR-X: Kenbrell Thompkins

WR-Z: Julian Edelman

TE-Y: Zach Sudfeld

RCB: Leodis McKelvin

LCB: Crezdon Butler

SCB: Ron Brooks

FS: Jairus Byrd

SS: Aaron Williams

Patriots receivers in 12 personnel vs. Bills base defense

WR-Z: Danny Amendola

WR-X: Kenbrell Thompkins

TE-Y: Jake Ballard

TE-F: Zach Sudfeld

RCB: Leodis McKelvin

LCB: Crezdon Butler

FS: Jairus Byrd

SS: Aaron Williams