The Buffalo Bills have a strong defensive unit, having ranked second overall in the NFL last season. The team is particularly strong in the secondary, with multiple players who rank among the best in the league at their positions.
With that in mind, making this club as a backup is going to be the focus of the majority of the secondary players in camp. with the talent level at both the corner and safety positions, making this club at all will be challenging.
In today’s installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we profile an undrafted rookie who signed with the Bills after playing his college ball just down the thruway from Orchard Park.
Name: Cam Lewis
Height/Weight: 5’9” 183 lbs.
Age: 22 (23 on 4/13/20)
Experience/Draft: R; undrafted
College: University at Buffalo
Acquired: Signed with Bills as undrafted free agent on 4/27/19
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Lewis signed a three-year contract worth a total of $1,755,000. None of the total is guaranteed. If he makes the Bills’ roster, Lewis will carry a salary cap charge of $495,000.
2018 Recap: Lewis set a career-high with three interceptions in his senior season with the Bulls. He was also able to appear in all 13 of UB’s games after missing half of his junior season due to various injuries. Lewis had 32 tackles, six pass breakups, and one fumble recovery on his ledger, as well.
Positional outlook: Lewis faces an extremely difficult battle for a roster spot, as the Bills look to be pretty well set at the corner position. Tre’Davious White is one of the best young defensive backs in the game, and he enters the season as the unquestioned top corner. Levi Wallace had a great rookie season, and he figures to be the number-two corner. Given Lewis’s size, or lack thereof, he may be best suited as a slot corner, but the Bills have a great young slot player in Taron Johnson, as well. Veterans Kevin Johnson and E.J. Gaines are injury-prone, but they are both extremely talented players who add quality veteran depth to a unit that lacked exactly that last season. Denzel Rice and Ryan Lewis find themselves in a similar position to Cam Lewis—fighting for a roster spot that may not be there—while Lafayette Pitts excels on special teams.
2019 Offseason: Little has been said about Lewis thus far. He did see time opposite Ryan Lewis during OTA practices as the third-team corner, which could indicate that he is ahead of Rice in the early portions of practice.
2019 Season outlook: Lewis is a practice-squad candidate who would need a big preseason plus some unfortunate injury issues to crop up in order for him to make the final roster. What he lacks in size he makes up for in fight, and given the fact that he and I share a birthday (although I clock in a full 11 years older than him), I’ll be rooting for him.