Inside The Bills

Fewell on McKelvin

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2008 – 3:00 pm

With Leodis McKelvin’s opportunities on defense few and far between the past few games, Bills defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was asked about his rookie cornerback Leodis McKelvin and if he has come along as fast as hoped. Here’s his response.

“Really (it comes down to) the details of what you do and how you do it,” said Fewell. “That could be because of rookie immaturity. Some rookies are more mature than others, paying attention to the fine detail and this is a problem I would say with most rookies: when do you do and what do you do in those critical situations. And sometimes those mental lapses hurt you. It’s a matter of us continuing to train and train him until it sticks so it transfers from practice to the ball games. But that’s really (it), the talent level is there, it’s the when, what, where and why.”

Sounds as if playing fast within the scheme is an issue in some areas and McKelvin is still thinking about his responsibilities instead of just reacting because he knows them cold.

Over the past few weeks Terrence McGee has played on a bad leg (Miami) over McKelvin. And last week Reggie Corner appeared to get more snaps defensively than McKelvin against New England. 

I still think McKelvin will be a very good cornerback for this team, but it looks as though it make take longer than some thought. Corner is not more physically talented than McKelvin, but he knows his assignments and is a good anticipator and these were some of the qualities that were apparent to me about him in training camp. That’s why I thought there was a chance he’d be on the field more than McKelvin this season defensively.


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