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Buffalo Bills to host safety Tre Boston on free-agent visit


The Buffalo Bills may be adding another veteran member to their secondary.

Tre Boston, who was waived by the Panthers earlier this week, is set to visit One Bills Drive in the near future.

The news was reported Friday on Twitter by... Boston himself.

The 6’0”, 204-pound Boston was picked by the Panthers in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of North Carolina. He appeared in 42 games in his first three NFL seasons for Carolina, so there’s a clear connection to Sean McDermott and his defensive scheme.

Last year for the Panthers, he played 78.6 percent of the defensive snaps — only Thomas Davis, Kurt Coleman, and Daryl Worley played more — had 52 tackles, two sacks, seven passes defensed, and two picks in 15 games.

I had Boston as my No. 7 safety in the 2014 draft class. I gave him a Round 3 - Round 4 grade and compared him to Glover Quin. Here’s what I wrote about him as a prospect:

“Sudden reactor. Moves dynamically toward the football off his plant-and-drive technique, especially downhill against the run. Good FS size at the NFL level. Above-average blitzer and will lay down some impactful hits on RBs near the line of scrimmage. Decent traffic-sifter. Fluid enough to occasionally line up and run with slot WRs. Stays home on misdirection plays. Above-average strength, especially when shedding WRs' blocks. Decent range.”

Athletically, the soon-to-be 25-year-old Boston is tested decently at the 2014 combine. He ran 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, had a 35” vertical, an 116” broad, and clocked a 7.04 in the three-cone drill. He has 31 3/8” arms and 9 3/4” hands.

Boston’s steady play and knowledge of McDermott’s defense would make him a tremendous add to Buffalo’s defense this late in the free-agency period.