Marrone not worried about depth at CB

Posted by Chris Brown on August 14, 2013 – 11:10 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone spends time on the details when it comes to his football team. Keenly in tune with the measure of talent at each and every position on the roster, Marrone doesn’t harbor concerns about the team’s cornerback position.

Leodis McKelvin has been sidelined since last week with a groin problem as a result of overcompensating for the surgically repaired side of his groin. Justin Rogers is only now just returning to the practice setting, though he’s not going to play in Friday’s preseason game against Minnesota.

With a lack of proven performers to line up on the boundary some wonder if the depth at cornerback is sufficient. Marrone does not.

“I would like to have Leodis back and playing, but we want to be smart about it and bring him back when he’s fully healed and ready to go,” said Marrone. “Knowing that he’s going to be back I think provides a sense of, I don’t know if comfort is the right word, but you feel he’s coming back.

“We feel good about how the other players are developing behind him. We have a lot of options there and options at our safety position that can do that. So as far as going out and looking for someone else for that position who may not be in camp right now, I don’t see that. We have enough players here to make us sleep at night.”

Marrone is referring to both Aaron Williams and Duke Williams as safeties that have the ability to line up at cornerback. Crezdon Butler is also coming off a nice opening preseason performance.

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Duke Williams sidelined w/concussion symptoms

Posted by Chris Brown on August 4, 2013 – 5:17 pm

Bills rookie safety Duke Williams left practice early Saturday and did not come out for practice on Sunday. Head coach Doug Marrone provided the update on Williams’ condition.

“He showed some concussion-like symptoms yesterday,” said Marrone. “We thought he was fine initially coming off the field and then he showed some symptoms where we make sure we’re doing everything we can as an organization and a league for player safety. Once we see those symptoms they go through a process with our trainers and doctors until they’re able to be released.”

Williams is not expected to participate in Monday’s team scrimmage.

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Bills have contingencies at safety

Posted by Chris Brown on July 9, 2013 – 10:09 am

While the Jairus Byrd franchise tender remains unsigned by the Pro Bowl safety, Buffalo hasn’t sat idly by hoping the situation get resolved sooner rather than later. Buffalo drafted a pair of safeties and transitioned Aaron Williams from corner to safety early in the spring practices.

Williams showed promise as he was one of the two leading interceptors in the spring workouts in Buffalo’s secondary. His confidence appeared to grow, as well as the confidence the defensive staff has in him.

“I think he’s ahead of schedule of where we thought he would be,” said Mike Pettine of Williams. “He’s flashed just the things that we saw in him as far as being a safety. He’s had some interceptions and obviously his range his ability to get sideline to sideline is obviously something we’re going to take advantage of.”

Buffalo also drafted a pair of safeties in the middle rounds in Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks. Though it appears that Williams will see some time at cornerback too. Da’Norris Searcy, Dominique Ellis and Mana Silva are other options that have seen time with the top two defensive lineups in the spring.

None of them have Byrd’s experience and none of them are proven commodities at that position in the NFL. It’ll certainly be a position that bears watching in training camp whether Byrd signs and reports or not.

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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on June 27, 2013 – 12:44 pm

Here’s where you can find one of Buffalo’s draft choices on the radio this afternoon.

Fourth-round pick Duke Williams will be on The Fan 1270 AM with Bull today (Thursday) at 1 pm.

He’ll be talking about the NFL rookie symposium that he and his draft classmates attended the past few days in Canton, Ohio. The Bills players also visited the Hall of Fame, which we covered on

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The other cornerback consideration

Posted by Chris Brown on June 25, 2013 – 9:41 am

The Bills brass is expressing confidence in the collection of young, but relatively unproven cornerbacks on their roster beyond Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin. The likely reason is they feel they have options on the roster to turn to should certain players not fill the roles they’re expected to come training camp. Aaron Williams is an obvious one, but there’s still another that the coaching staff may turn to first.

Buffalo’s defensive staff is clearly pleased with the transition Williams has made to safety and it appears on the surface that they want him to continue to development in center field. So if some cornerback help is needed on the boundary one of the more likely candidates to step in should some of the regular cornerbacks fail to live up to expectations is rookie fourth-round pick Duke Williams.

Williams, as mentioned the day he was drafted, played in just about every position in the secondary during his time in college at Nevada. During the spring practices he lined up outside at cornerback and did not look out of place. In fact there were a couple of plays that he ran stride for stride with T.J. Graham in coverage and broke up his share of passes.

Williams ran a 4.48 40-time at the NFL Combine and has natural coverage instincts. If the Bills do not add a bargain veteran cornerback to the roster this summer it’s likely due to some of the promise Duke Williams showed in OTAs and the minicamp on the corner.

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S Williams has some nasty to him

Posted by Chris Brown on April 27, 2013 – 1:55 pm

Bills scout Brad Forsyth commented on Bills’ fourth-round pick Duke Williams’ aggressive nature on the field and admitted that there’s an angry edge to his game.

“He does have a bit of a nasty edge to him. That’s part of his personality,” said Forsyth. “That’s the way he likes to play the game and that’s something you don’t want to take away from him because it’s what makes him a good player.”

Williams hits like a linebacker sometimes despite being just 201 pounds. Here are some highlights.

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