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Outside Cornerback and Aaron Williams

Outside corner seems to be the biggest question mark of this defense so far. Stephon Gilmore is a lock, of course, but as far as who plays opposite him, the status seems to be up in the air. Leodis McKelvin seems to be the leading candidate to win the position opposite Gilmore, however, he hasn't taken a snap yet during this offseason. The Bills drafted Leodis high, so maybe he will tap into his potential this season if he wins the job, but that seems to be a task he has seen far too many times before, and ultimately failed. Now, this year could be different, and we will see what plays out. The biggest factor playing into McKelvin's chances of winning the spot is the incredible lack of depth at the position. Behind McKelvin is Ron Brooks, Crezdon Butler, Justin Rogers, and T.J. Heath. Brooks, Rogers, and Butler seem to be the only completion to McKelvin as they are taking the majority of the snaps. In this new defense, everyone has a chance to play any position. So who knows? Maybe Nickell Robey will win the spot (not likely), however, another player on the roster can also win it. At the safety position, there are several players who have played corner as well. Da'Norris Searcy, Duke Williams, and Aaron Williams. Aaron Williams was drafted as a second round pick in 2011 as a cornerback. He played in college as a cornerback, and he played his first two years in the NFL as a cornerback. In 2011, a chest injury kept Aaron Williams out of a few games, but when he returned he showed his potential. In 2012, Aaron Williams started the season opposite Gilmore and he struggled. However, in the beginning of the season, both Gilmore and Williams didn't match up with a certain receiver, they remained on their own side of the field. So naturally, as Gilmore is the more talented corner, the other team would place their best receiver on Williams on a 3rd down or even throughout the entire game. Williams struggled sometimes and was placed in a bad positions other times. This brings me to the game against the Texans. Aaron Williams was matched up with star receiver Andre Johnson for a majority of the game. On a 3rd down and short (2-3 yards), Williams was way off Andre Johnson, at least 7 yards. Obvious to everyone, Matt Shaub instantly motioned to Johnson and as the play began Johnson turned parallel to the line of scrimmage, caught the pass in the flat and easily got the first down as Aaron Williams made the tackle. Now, what kind of defensive scheme is that!? This shows up as a bad play from Williams, however, this was most definitely not his fault. It was the fault of Dave Wannstedt who was sleeping up in the booth. Later in that game, Aaron Williams stayed with Johnson as best as a corner can, but his offense was just better than Williams defense and he made the catch and unfortunately landed on Aaron's knee, and missed a majority of the season. Now that we have a new coordinater, they move Williams to safety. A position that he hasn't played since highschool. I believe Aaron has been put in bad situations and has unfairly payed for it by a change of position. And the entire point of this post is to say that I believe he is the best option to claim the outside corner spot and he shouldn't be buried at safety when he has the talent to at least contain a number 2 receiver. Please let me know what you think in the comments about Aaron Williams moving back to corner!


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