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91 players in 91 days: Cornerback Cam Lewis

The young slot corner has an uphill battle to make the roster

NFL: Preseason-Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills have eight cornerbacks on their current roster. When adding a safety who also plays corner, that gives the Bills nine players fighting for what should be five roster spots at most on the 53-man roster.

The mix of veterans and young players Buffalo has in the secondary is outstanding. The team has some veterans looking to bounce back, some outstanding young talent, and some up-and-comers looking for that one “big break” to show that they belong in the NFL.

In today’s edition of “91 players in 91 days,” we profile one of those young players looking for an opportunity to make his mark.

Name: Cam Lewis
Number: 47
Position: CB
Height/Weight: 5’9”, 183 lbs.
Age: 23 (24 on 4/13/2021)
Experience/Draft: 1; signed as undrafted free agent with Bills following 2019 NFL Draft
College: Buffalo
Acquired: Signed as UDFA on 4/28/19

Financial situation (per Spotrac): Lewis signed a reserve/future contract with the Bills in January. That two-year pact is worth a total of $1.401 million. If Lewis makes the 53-man roster this year, he’ll carry a $615,500 cap hit. The contract guarantees him $11,000 in the form of a signing bonus.

2019 Recap: Lewis spent the entire 2019 season on Buffalo’s practice squad after he was waived at the conclusion of the preseason. During the preseason, he appeared in two games, making three tackles overall.

Positional outlook: Lewis is primarily a slot corner, so Taron Johnson and Siran Neal, a hybrid safety/slot corner, are his primary competition for roster space. Veteran E.J. Gaines can play as both a boundary corner and a slot corner, so Lewis will have to fend him off if Gaines can stay healthy. Ike Brown, Dane Jackson, Josh Norman, Levi Wallace, and Tre’Davious White round out the rest of Buffalo’s corners.

2020 Offseason: Nothing new to report.

2020 Season outlook: Lewis is on the outside looking in, as Johnson, Neal, and Gaines all have to be considered well ahead of him at this point. However, neither Johnson nor Gaines has a reputation for staying healthy, as both players have spent considerable time injured during their respective careers. If Lewis can have a strong summer, he’ll be one injury away from making the final roster. Otherwise, it’s probably a safe bet that he’ll spend some time on the practice squad for the second consecutive year.