Bills' Gilmore injury from Pats perspective

August, 27, 2013
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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

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