The Buffalo Bills added twelve undrafted free agents to the roster ahead of OTAs and training camp. What skills do they bring to the team, and do they have a chance to stick around into the regular season? Here are our scouting notes from this year’s UDFA rookie class.
Mat Boeson, DE
Undersized for a defensive end, Boeson’s burst off the line and his ability to bend are his greatest strengths. If an offensive tackle is able to negate his initial rush, Boeson has a hard time getting to the quarterback. Could be a candidate to assume a situational pass rushing role.
Ike Boettger, OT
Although he sports long arms and the strength to use them, Boettger doesn’t have the feet to stay at tackle. Were he moved to guard, his nimble feet can be an asset there, however, his height at 6’6” can be detrimental and he too often loses his footing when on the move.
Gerhard De Beer, OT
Strong at the point of attack, de Beer has a tremendous anchor. Mentally and technically, he’s also raw, easily confused by twists and stunts. Better suited to guard, de Beer will need to work hard to improve his hands and leverage if he wants to make the team.
Tyler Davis, K
Number 7 on Penn State’s career field goals made charts with 39, Davis didn’t miss a field goal his junior year. If he doesn’t stick with the Bills he could have a future with another team.
Ryan Carter, CB
Physical and a sure-tackler, Carter isn’t afraid to lay the wood on receivers or in the run game. Lacking athleticism, Carter’s much more decisive and effective when his eyes are on the quarterback. Destined for the slot.
Mike Love, DE
Love is tough to move in the run game because he is strong with good length. Doesn’t possess great burst off the line, but has good closing speed. More of a bull rusher than a guy that can bend around the corner. Great motor as well.
Keith Ford, RB
Ford possesses strong balance as a runner and has a low center of gravity. His poor instincts and anchor in his pass protection duties could get his quarterback killed. Not a patient enough runner, he tends to pick the nearest gap and attempt to run full speed through it. Flashes a decent ability to make quick cuts in the open field in order to avoid tacklers.
Robert Foster, WR
A car collision and sophomore shoulder injury contributed to Foster’s run as a career reserve. With 4.41 speed, Foster is a deep threat with enough agility to find space underneath defenders too. He catches the ball against his body, and his route running and instincts are raw right now.
Cam Phillips, WR
A fiesty, max-effort receiver, Phillips will earn fans at training camp. A foot injury held him out of his final bowl game and pre-draft workouts. He doesn’t have great speed or burst, and needs to learn to work to open space against zone coverage, but his catch radius and running after the catch can find him a place on an NFL roster.
Mo Porter, T
Porter entered Baylor through junior college, and only started one season at left tackle. He has good length for the position, but is extremely raw. His kick slide is choppy, his hand placement is rough, and he needs to build his upper body strength. He has good potential mobility for an offensive lineman.
Corey Thompson, LB
A sixth-year senior who played both linebacker and safety. Has extensive experience on kickoff coverage units. Pops on tape with his technique taking on blockers despite size (6-2 228). More comfortable playing downhill, doesn’t show great range in coverage.
Levi Wallace, CB
Wallace was a walk-on who became a starting cornerback for the Crimson Tide. Thin build, but good length for the position. Has experience on special teams. He uses his arms to shade passing lanes and break up passes (15 of them this year), but gets thrown around by physical receivers. He also lacks great closing burst.