The Buffalo Bills have been dealing with injuries at the cornerback position throughout the season, and it looks like Aaron Williams will most likely miss his fifth straight game with a strained ligament in his knee. The Bills second-year left corner has struggled throughout his early career, but he is clearly better than the guys behind him (they will slide someone from the nickel in his place) and has gradually improved in his second season in the league.
Williams isn’t the only cornerback on the Bills currently listed questionable, as both nickel corners Justin Rogers and Leodis McKelvin are also questionable. Rogers has been suffering from a foot injury, while a back ailment has been bothering McKelvin.
Both players are expected to play against the St. Louis Rams to try and contain the slot, which will be a difficult task if Danny Amendola plays. Neither nickel corner has shown that they can run with the spot, but Rogers has been more consistent despite McKelvin holding a significant advantage in terms of physical tools. In the end, McKelvin is best suited for a role on the outside (he will play there in place of Williams) and is the better player overall due to his ball skills (not to mention his ability on special teams).
Without Williams, we’ll see if the Rams have some better success throwing it on the Bills. Rookie Stephen Gilmore is another corner who loves to play press coverage, and he has been significantly better than Williams despite having one less year of experience. Williams gets burned far too easily, but he wouldn’t have covered Rams rookie burner Chris Givens anyway.
McKelvin will start on the outside with Williams out, and it’s hard to think that McKelvin will fair out worse than Williams. The usual starter has been quite awful this season and has entrenched himself as one of the worst corners in the league.
Bills star receiver Stevie Johnson is also listed questionable.
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