At the back end of any NFL roster, fans will find players fighting for their careers. Whether those players are rookies looking for their first opportunity in the league or veterans trying to find one last taste of glory, those players are fighting to continue playing the game they love.
In our latest installment of the “90 players in 90 days” series, we look at a safety trying to remain in the league as a depth player.
Name: Kelcie McCray
Height/Weight: 6’2” 202 lbs.
College: Arkansas State
Financial situation (per Spotrac): McCray signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills in January. While he will earn $795,000, thanks to a veteran’s minimum exception, he will only carry a $635,000 cap hit.
2017 Recap: McCray spent the entire 2017 NFL season out of football. He was not injured; he just did not have any offers to play until Buffalo gave him the reserve/future deal in January of 2018.
Positional outlook: McCray joins a crowded safety group, one where he isn’t the only special teams player (Dean Marlowe and Rafael Bush) or even the only McCray (L.J. McCray is also on the 90-man roster). Rookie Siran Neal is the other player who will presumably fight for time as backup to starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.
2018 Offseason: It’s radio silence on McCray regarding the 2018 offseason. Aside from news of his signing, his name returns nothing current in a Google search.
2018 season outlook: McCray offers experience as both a spot starter on a dynamic defense (he filled in for an injured Kam Chancellor during the 2016 season) and as a special teams contributor (he was named a special teams All-Pro as the vice/hold up man on punts by Pro Football Focus in 2014). Despite this, he faces an uphill climb to make the roster, as the team spent decent money on Bush in the free agent market, Marlowe has experience working with head coach Sean McDermott from their shared time with the Carolina Panthers, and general manager Brandon Beane spent a draft pick on Neal in April. With Hyde and Poyer locked into starting roles, McCray will have to have a great camp to make the 53-man roster.