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The veteran seeks a promotion to Major.
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..or a spot on an NFL roster for the eleventh straight year" Opinion90 Players in 90 Days2019 Buffalo Bills scouting report: cornerback Captain MunnerlynNew Dawson Knox NFL Draft ,3commentsThe veteran seeks a promotion to Major...or a spot on an NFL roster for the eleventh straight yearEDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:2019 Buffalo Bills scouting report: cornerback Captain MunnerlynTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesThe Buffalo Bills have been called the Carolina Panthers of the north at times, as they have filled out their roster with those who played for general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott when the two were together in Carolina. While that hasn’t always been a completely fair assessment, the fact remains that most NFL staffs will default to players they know well in a pinch.So, when some Bills players were injured early in the preseason, it came as little surprise that Buffalo signed players with connections to “McBeane” to replace those players on the roster. In today’s edition of “90 players in 90 days,” we profile a veteran cornerback looking to make an impact on another Sean McDermott-led defense. <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="bKfFqN">Name: Captain MunnerlynNumber: 26Position: CBHeight/Weight: 5’9” 195 lbs. Age: 31 (32 on 4/10/20)Experience/Draft: 11; drafted in the seventh round (216 overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Carolina PanthersCollege: South CarolinaAcquired: Signed with Bills on 8/10/19<hr class="p-entry-hr" id="zHkQ5H">Financial situation (per Spotrac): Munnerlyn’s contract details have yet to be made public, but the assumption is that he signed a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum. For his level of experience, that minimum salary is $1,030,000. He qualifies for the veteran’s minimum exception, so Buffalo would only be charged $645,000 against the cap, plus any guarantees worked into the contract (if there are any). In short, the contract likely isn’t one that will break the bank.2018 Recap: Munnerlyn spent the year with the Panthers Dawson Knox Buffalo Bills Jersey , and he was able to play in all 16 games for the first time since 2015. He had 47 tackles, two sacks, nine pass breakups, one interception, three tackles for loss, and one fumble recovery on the season. He appeared on 630 defensive snaps for the Panthers, which was around 63% of the team’s defensive total. Positional outlook: Munnerlyn was brought in to replace veteran E.J. Gaines, who was placed on injured reserve due to a groin injury suffered in practice. He’ll look to compete for a spot across Tre’Davious White with Levi Wallace and Kevin Johnson. Munnerlyn’s primary use is as a slot corner, where Taron Johnson is the presumed starter, but he could be a nice depth piece behind the second-year man. Siran Neal, drafted as a safety, has been working as the second slot corner. The other corners on the roster at present are Denzel Rice, Lafayette Pitts, Ryan Lewis Color Rush Dawson Knox Jersey , and Cam Lewis. 2019 Offseason: Munnerlyn has participated in practice and preseason games since signing with the Bills. He joined just in time for joint practices against his former team, Carolina, which led to some good-natured jawing between Munnerlyn and his former teammates. He was mixed in with the starters.2019 Season outlook: Munnerlyn has the best chance of all the late additions to make the 53-man roster. His versatility in the defensive secondary combined with his knowledge of the scheme gives him a leg up on other camp-fillers. He’s also a tremendously durable player, having only missed six games since the beginning of the 2009 season. With Gaines already injured, the Bills have a pair of players (Kevin and Taron Johnson) who don’t have a long history of staying healthy. Munnerlyn is a sneaky-good addition to an already strong secondary. The Buffalo Bills battled the New England Patriots for three quarters this past Sunday, before finally succumbing and being put away in the fourth quarter. The strong defensive effort on the day wasn’t exactly spearheaded by the rookie class, but they did find themselves as strong contributors to the effort. On the offensive side, the two rookie wide receivers recorded reception despite limited snap counts. More about the performance of each rookie below.LB Tremaine EdmundsEdmunds was picked on a few times by Tom Brady and the Patriots in underneath coverage, as the team was able to get him matched up with elite slot receivers Julian Edelman and James White. While those instances were certainly glaring, he also had a fair number of positive plays, such as a tipped pass in coverage early in the first quarter or his tackle-for-loss of James White early in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Edmunds sustained a concussion on a tackle and was ruled out of the second half of the game.DT Harrison PhillipsPhillips made his presence felt on a few run plays, particularly on stretch runs. The rookie defensive tackle is incredibly well-balanced when moving laterally, and solo tackled the running back on a few occasions. He does persists on being a no-show when rushing the passer Youth Dawson Knox Jersey , which continues to be something he needs to improve on in the following games.CB Taron JohnsonThe Patriots game plan was mostly predicated on attacking the linebackers in coverage so Johnson wasn’t targeted much as a result. One of the few times he was targeting in coverage, the receiver, Chris Hogan, committed offensive pass interference. His tackling was characteristically spot-on, although he only had two, one of which was for a loss.S Siran NealNeal once again saw himself solely assigned to kick-return team duties and did have a decent block to spring Marcus Murphy for a 30-yard return. Unfortunately that return was negated by an unnecessary roughness call on Logan Thomas.WR Ray-Ray McCloud IIIOnly targeted once, McCloud actually made the most of his 11 offensive snaps in snagging a 16-yard reception from Derek Anderson in fourth quarter garbage time on a dig route. WR Cam PhillipsA week after making the Bills’ roster, Phillips recorded the first regular-season reception of his professional career against the Patriots. His nine-yard reception came on a crossing route. Also only seeing 11 snaps on offense, it was an efficient day for the receiver.P Corey BojorquezThe rookie punter was reportedly playing through a shoulder injury sustained against the Houston Texans, which partly explains his poor day punting the football against New England. Only two of his five punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and he had two needless touchbacks when he should’ve attempted to pin the Patriots deep. After the game he was placed on Injured Reserve so we won’t see Bojorquez on the field again until next year. NotesStarting quarterback Josh Allen was inactive against the Patriots as he continued to recover from his elbow injury sustained against the Houston Texans.Rookie guards Wyatt Teller and Ike Boettger were again inactive.
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