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Benford continues an upward trajectory

 

Seemingly out of nowhere, rookie cornerback Christian Benford, a sixth-round pick, has worked himself into an interesting conversation midway through camp. At one point in the offseason, Benford was a bubble player and potential practice squad player, but since then he has played well enough to earn more opportunities.

Once again on Tuesday, Benford was working in during team drills against Allen and receivers Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis. Benford, first-round pick Kaiir Elam and Dane Jackson all took their turns working against the talented passing offense. Benford rewarded the Bills for those chances by staying in Diggs’ hip pocket on one route toward the back of the end zone and put himself in perfect position to break up a potential touchdown pass. Diggs got the better of Benford on some one-on-one drills, but Benford has definitely shown some natural ability.

There’s much to like about Benford in the Bills’ defensive scheme. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds he has the size and length they usually look for, along with some plus athleticism and strength. He also plays with excellent poise, analyzing the route as it’s coming at him and reading the receiver’s body language quite well. Especially considering some of Elam’s struggles, Benford’s ability is not going unnoticed.

It’s best not to go overboard about what Benford could be, considering it’s only been a couple of days with an enhanced opportunity. But he has passed a good early test. Now the Bills have to see how he’ll do in a game setting against another team to determine if he can be a dependable depth player this season. If he shows that ability, they could be on to something. If not, this may just be a temporary upswing for a young player before the usual lulls of a rookie season come into play. Either way, keep an eye on No. 47 during camp. He has, at least so far, exceeded expectations.

https://theathletic.com/3471921/2022/08/02/bills-camp-observations-isaiah-mckenzie-jordan-poyer/?source=dailyemail&campaign=601983

 

 

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