Familiarity and connections once again came into play for the Buffalo Bills on Thursday. The team announced the signings of cornerback E.J. Gaines and offensive tackle Daryl Williams. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first one on the signings of both players.

Old Friends

Gaines is returning to the Bills for his third go-around after a decent 2017 season and coming back last seasons before being released due to injury. Gaines was part of the Bills secondary that helped Buffalo get to the playoffs in 2017. He was a tackling machine and played well in coverage, but injuries held him back to only eleven games. With this familiarity he brings to the team, he will end up competing for a role in the defense once again.

A New Face…?

Williams has spent the last five seasons with the Carolina Panthers where he was a versatile offensive lineman, but mainly served as the teams’ right tackle. With the troubles that Cam Newton went through with lack of protection, Williams is looked at as a liability but everyone needs a refresher in their career at some point.

Williams will be competition for Cody Ford, who also struggled last season on the right side.  Never complain about having the beef up front. This was a good move by the Bills because it opens up the offensive line with different options.


Smart Signings or Overreaching?

While both new Bills’ come with a bag of risk, they also have upside to them. Gaines knows the scheme ran by Sean McDermott. He’ll challenge the corners who are currently on the roster which will bring out their absolute best.

Williams has a weak knee after an MCL injury in 2018 and his 2019 season was rough, but the Panthers overall were not the best. The fact that the Bills bring in Williams as completion rather than their projected starter is a great setup.


-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and follow @FPC_Bills for all Bills coverage and analysis. 

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