With two roster spots available on Friday, the Buffalo Bills have filled one of those openings by promoting cornerback Marcus Roberson to their active roster for Sunday’s matchup against the New England Patriots.
Roberson broke into 2014 NFL Draft with high expectations while being projected as a second or third-round selection out of Florida. Scouts noted his great size and range with solid ball skills as he could double as a punt returner. Even so, he wound up going undrafted due to a lack of physicality and relative inexperience having opted for the draft after his junior season rather than staying in Gainesville for another year.
After surprisingly going undrafted, he quickly worked his way on to the then St. Louis Rams’ roster while spending the last two seasons on the franchise’s active roster. Over the past two years, he played in 25 games and started six of them. Last season was a particularly strong campaign as he recorded six pass breakups, one forced fumble and 27 total tackles across all 16 games.
His lone career interception came against Andy Dalton in a 2014 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.
After failing to stay on the Rams’ roster despite the team losing major talent in the secondary, Roberson found himself on the Bills’ practice squad in September. He now joins a crowded cornerback corps featuring Stephon Gilmore, Ronald Darby, Nickell Robey-Coleman and Corey White. The first three have chewed up 90 percent of the cornerback reps and none of them have been placed on the injury report, making some fans question activating Roberson opposed to a wide receiver with three currently injured.