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Buffalo Bills' Nickell Robey, Ron Brooks may rotate at nickel corner

The Bills are trying to help second-year slot corner Nickell Robey through a sophomore slump, and may employ a rotation with Ron Brooks as part of that process.

Tom Szczerbowski

Much has been made, through three games (and the last two specifically), about the Buffalo Bills' cornerback rotation between Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, and Corey Graham. The team may also have a situation brewing at the slot corner position, where the team is trying to ease Nickell Robey through a sophomore slump.

"I think he’s probably pushing himself a little bit and really trying to go out there and make something happen, because he’s done that in the past," head coach Doug Marrone told reporters on Monday. "It’s the same thing when you’re a young player. You’ve got to go out and play the technique, and just let it happen, so he’s pushing a little bit and getting a little frustrated."

Robey was a near-constant field presence for the Bills in their first two games, but after 28 snaps in Sunday's loss to San Diego, he was taken off of the field in favor of third-year pro Ron Brooks, who ended up playing 23 snaps in Robey's place. He hadn't played that many defensive snaps in one game since Week 15 of the 2012 season.

Said Marrone of that decision: "We just thought that we wanted to calm him down a little bit and put Ron in there. Ron went in there and did a very good job. He really did. He played well."

With Brooks performing well against San Diego, and Robey working through his issues, don't be surprised if the Bills head into their Week 4 matchup against Houston rotating cornerbacks on both the exterior and the interior.