Bills could be in the market for a veteran cornerback with shaky young players

With Tre’Davious White still not back in the lineup, the Buffalo Bills have opted for a pair of young cornerbacks for their starting spots throughout training camp. The duo of first-round pick Kaiir Elam and third-year player Dane Jackson didn’t rise to the challenge, and it’s time to wonder if the Bills could help.

When’s Ryan Talbot writes that Gabe Davis was “impossible to watch” Friday night, when might as well say the cornerbacks weren’t good enough. This is exactly the line that Joe Buscaglia used at Athleticism.

“It’s a bit of an understatement, but the young cornerbacks have struggled a lot,” Buscaglia wrote Friday night, noting that this isn’t a one-time event. On Thursday, the Bills posted a video of Jackson being manhandled so badly that he fell on a road.

The front two were so lacking that sixth-round pick Christian Benford made his way into the starting lineup despite arriving from Villanova. Yes, he played well, even drawing praise from head coach Sean McDermott, but sixth-round FCS schools usually fight for a roster spot, not a starting job.

The keystone here is White’s ACL surgery rehabilitation. If they think he’ll be 100% for the season opener, they don’t need anyone. I’m sure that even though he could be activated before the season opener, he won’t be 100% until the middle of the season, if he even gets there in 2022.

Also something to consider, do the Bills cornerbacks look bad because Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis are so good and the MVP quarterback makes them pay? We may have to wait and see after the preseason opener next week, when the Bills take on the Indianapolis Colts. Their QB/WR trio is not at the same level as that of the Bills.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden has been publicly recruited by DE Von Miller, WR Stefon Diggs and S Jordan Poyer this offseason. The former All-Pro, No. 1 pick and multiple-time Pro Bowler is 33 and a perfect fit for the one-year hire they’d be looking to close the gap if they can agree on compensation.

That’s the other thing; bills should clear ceiling space for anyone to sign. There are, however, a few easy ways to do this. There are plenty of older cornerbacks with starting experience available if the Bills want to go that route.

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