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Leodis back in mix at nickel?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 28, 2012 – 9:41 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey gave an honest assessment of the play they’ve been getting at nickel corner of late and didn’t rule out making a change there this week.

Second-year CB Justin Rogers has been manning the nickel spot for most of the season after taking the job from Leodis McKelvin early in the year.

“You know, he’s been up and down,” said Gailey. “He played with a lot of confidence early in the season and then as of late he hasn’t played with as much confidence. You can see it in his play. He’s still got, I think, the ability to do some things. I feel like sometimes his confidence wavers and that gets him in trouble. He needs to play with a great deal of confidence. I think that he can be a decent player, but he’s got to go out and do it every down.”

Rogers had a tough time with Reggie Wayne, who the Colts not use primarily as a slot receiver.

When asked if a change at that spot would be considered, Gailey brought up McKelvin’s name first.

“I think our first choice would be to move Leodis in there,” said Gailey. “Leodis played it in the spring and played it in preseason and showed some good things in there.”

Gailey cautioned that such a move for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars is a maybe at best. Buffalo is facing a Jacksonville team whose best receiving threats are outside in Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon, but do not offer a whole lot out of the slot. So for another week McKelvin could very well remain outside with Aaron Williams unlikely to return to the lineup.


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