Bills Bubble Watch: Ron Brooks

June, 25, 2014
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(Continuing a month-long series analyzing players who are on the roster bubble and where they may potentially fit in 2014.)

Name: Ron Brooks

Position: Cornerback

Age: 25

2013 stats: 11 games (no starts), nine tackles

Chance of making 53-man roster: 40 percent

Why he should make it: To the surprise of some, Brooks lined up at cornerback with the first-team defense for the majority of organized team activities. While starters Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore sat out OTAs with injuries, Brooks seeing that much time with the top defensive unit could indicate a shift in how he is viewed by the defensive coaches. He played sparingly last season under Mike Pettine, but perhaps Jim Schwartz has a different opinion. At such a deep position, though, Brooks' primary contributions will have to come on special teams. It's hard to see him as any more than the sixth cornerback on the roster, which is one player heavier than what most teams carry. Brooks would likely have to push a linebacker off the roster -- Ty Powell and Randell Johnson would be his closest competition, in that case.

Why he shouldn't make it: The Bills have a crowded cornerback depth chart. Perhaps in reaction to last season, when injuries forced Justin Rogers into the starting lineup early in the season, the Bills signed Corey Graham to a four-year, $16 million deal and drafted Ross Cockrell in the fourth round. Added to Gilmore, McKelvin and Nickell Robey, the Bills have their core group of cornerbacks. Unless the Bills unexpectedly cut Robey or there is a serious injury, Brooks could be out of a job in a pure numbers game.

Closest competition: Robey, Powell, Johnson

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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