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Buffalo Bills press coverage


The Pro Football Focus recently ran a piece about which cornerbacks are in press coverage the most, and two corners on the Buffalo Bills were in the top five for the highest percentage of snaps lining up in press coverage. I must note that the stats are based on just the first two weeks of the season and do not take into account their Week 3 win against the Cleveland Browns, but I’m sure most of you will agree that both players in the top five are going to constantly remain in press coverage throughout the season- or at least in Week 4 against the New England Patriots.

Aaron Williams placed fourth with 61.82% of his snaps in press coverage, while rookie Stephen Gilmore was second in the list with 64.79%. Nnamdi Asomugha is, of course, the leader at 80.49%.

PFF notes later on in the piece that Gilmore is significantly better in press coverage, which is why the Bills are using the rookie CB in this manner. The Bills corners have been a big weakness early on this year, with Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin being two weak links early on. Gilmore will get the hang of things and McKelvin did have a pick against the Browns, so Pats fans should not sleep on them too much.

Cary Williams of the Baltimore Ravens was, as expected, eaten alive by Pats receiver Brandon Lloyd to the tune of nine catches on 12 targets for 108 yards for the veteran wideout. Williams is well-known for giving plenty of space to receivers, and he is second on the list by pressing just 5.13% of the time. In first? Asomugha’s former teammate Asante Samuel, who lined in up in press coverage in just three of his 75 snaps during the first two weeks of the 2012 season. Of course, nobody is surprised with that one either.

This is yet another amazing stat from the Pro Football Focus, and it’s the billionth reason why you should read their site daily.

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  • NWBill

    Just remember – Gilmore is improving rapidly, and with his base talent will make a lot of QBs hesitant to throw at him by the end of the year. McKelvin has more value as a punt/kickoff returner; he’s at best a B+ slot corner – which is one reason the Bills drafted Gilmore.

    Looking forward to game 4 against you guys – when you go up against the gold standard of the division, you learn the most about yourself. You guys KNOW that you’re going to be in a real fight – right? We’re your competition in the AFC East; the Dolphins are in rebuild mode, and the Jets are mental.

    Ought to be a real good game!

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      It will be, can’t wait. I’m not as high on McKelvin, and I prefer second-year NCB Justin Rogers to him. McKelvin is a very good returner, but he isn’t steady in coverage.

      It should be a good game, and Revis’s injury means that the Pats and Bills are at the top of the division in the AFC East. I can’t wait to open up the AFC East, and I know the Pats coaching staff and players won’t be sleeping on Buffalo. I already underestimated the Cardinals; not going to do the same thing to a division rival.

      Thanks for the comment, good to see that you guys respect us and are not scared of us.