George Wilson was given a big opportunity on Sunday and made the most of it with a big interception in the end zone to thwart one of Cincinnati’s last real scoring threats in Buffalo’s big 49-31 comeback win. As well as he played however, it doesn’t sound like Wilson will unseat starting free safety Jairus Byrd.
Head coach Chan Gailey addressed the starting free safety role specifically when asked if Wilson would move into the starting lineup.
“I don’t think we would go that far,” said Gailey. ”He did a great job. I’ll tell you what, when Jairus played he did good. He didn’t do a bad job, it wasn’t like he was doing bad. It was just George was having a great day.”
That being said it’s clear that Gailey respects what Wilson brings to the table.
“He did a great job,” Gailey said. ”He studies hard. He knows exactly what the other team is trying to do. He’s a very intelligent football player. That’s a huge play he made obviously. I’m not saying anything that anybody doesn’t know, but the interception he made in the red zone was one they had worked on in practice. He had seen it and stepped right in front of it. That was a big play. He got back on a deep ball later in the ball game.”
Moving forward I’d think that Wilson will continue to be rotated in as part of a safety rotation similar to this past week in light of the production that Wilson provided.
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