Inside The Bills

Leodis excelling as nickel CB

Posted by Chris Brown on August 25, 2012 – 7:34 am

After four seasons of play without a true breakout season, it looks like Leodis McKelvin might have finally found a role where he can excel.

McKelvin has been lined up mainly in the slot this summer and by all accounts has performed very, very well inside in Buffalo’s secondary.

“Leodis has played really, really well at nickel,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “It would be hard to move him out of there.”

Buffalobills.com pointed out last month why the slot corner role could be a fit for McKelvin.

McKelvin told Buffalobills.com that playing fast, but staying in control is the key to being successful covering slot receivers.

“You got to have a lot of patience,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to know what you’re doing and know your leverage and being able to do all that. Once you know all your leverage and know where you need to be at everything else will be easy.”

McKelvin has made it look easy to this point. The absence of Justin Rogers from the practice setting due to a pulled hamstring allowed McKelvin to nail down the role in the slot, which is where he’s expected to play come Week 1 at New York. Rogers, who just returned to the practice setting last week will need to fight his way back to where he was. He’s not expected to be full speed until Week 1.


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