Rashaan Melvin, the Indianapolis Colts’ top conerback this season, will not play against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Melvin’s absence likely means that rookie corner Quincy Wilson, who’s listed on the Colts offical depth chart as Melvin’s backup on the right side of the field will start in his place, alongside fellow Kenny Moore II, who slotted to start on the left side.
Wilson, who the Colts selected in the second round (46th overall) out of Florida in this year’s draft, has played in just three games this season. He has two passes defensed and is without an interception. Moore went undrafted and spent time with the Patriots before being claimed off waivers by the Colts ahead of the start of the regular season. He’s played in all 12 of the Colts’ previous games in 2017, but would make be making just the second start of his career on Sunday. The Valdosta State product has not yet recorded any passes defended or picks.
“A defense with no pass rush and all rookie corners is about as good a situation as a quarterback can ask for. I would guess that Monachino [Colts DC] will attempt to dial up some blitzes and try to get some pressure on Peterman early and hope to capitalize on the mistakes that might cause. If that doesn’t happen, it may be a long day for the defense.”
Blystone’s answer took into account the possibility of Nathan Peterman getting the start against the Colts because of Tyrod Taylor (knee) being a game-time decision. But even still, it’s hard to imagine his answer changing much had he accounted for Taylor instead.
As evidenced by who the Colts have behind him, not having to go up against Melvin is a certainly a positive for the Bills. Melvin has snagged three interceptions and defended 13 passes in 10 games this season. Those numbers would have him in second place among the leaders on the Bills in both categories.
On paper at least, it looks like the league’s third worst passing attack of the Bills has been handed a nice break, which comes at an opportune time with just four games remaining in the regular season and each one being crucial in keeping the Bills’ playoff hopes alive with a rookie quarterback under center.