The Buffalo Bills were carrying a large number of offensive lineman on their active roster and when tackle Cordy Glenn was placed on injured reserve this week, it appears the Bills went in a different direction with who they signed to their roster. According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, Buffalo has signed cornerback Breon Borders off the Oakland Raiders practice squad. Borders joined Oakland as an undrafted free agent last offseason.
“He was a man-coverage specialist at Duke, but doesn't have the speed essential to being one in the NFL,” writes Buffalo Rumblings NFL Draft analyst Andrew Griffin. “His hands and ball skills were very good though, so I'm sure the Bills hope that they can mold him into more of a zone corner. He has good size, a willing tackler and brings some toughness against the run. He's a good guy to take a flier on.”
Levi Damien, Editor-in-Chief of our SB Nation Raiders blog, is utterly dumbfounded the Raiders hadn’t signed Borders before they allowed this to happen. He advocated Thursday for the team to place wide receiver Amari Cooper on injured reserve just to prevent a move like this.
“Borders was one of the few standout undrafted rookies during the offseason and training camp and at one time was running with the first team, while the team was disappointed with Sean Smith,” wrote Damien Friday.
For Buffalo, they get the former Duke Blue Devils standout who also played special teams for four years. He impressed everyone during OTAs and training camp, to the point of earning some first-team reps.
“Every time I turn the film on it’s like he makes a play,” quarterback Derek Carr said of Borders in August. “I think that that’s how those guys catch your eye. When you’re an undrafted guy, it’s hard because obviously you’re not going to have the first- or second-team reps all the time, obviously. All that you can see is, ‘Man, who’s 31?’ kind of a thing. And then throughout the offseason and here at camp, he’s really proven himself.”