When the decision was made to place cornerback Tre'Davious White on the PUP list, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier shared that they were going to roll with the young guys in cornerbacks Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford.
"They both had good training camps for us," Frazier said. "We'll mix it up in the ballgame and see how things are going as the game goes on."
With White out for at least the first four weeks of the season, the young and veteran cornerbacks are ready to step up in his absence. The guidance from fellow cornerback Dane Jackson has prepared Elam and Benford to take on a key role n the team's defense, especially on Thursday night.
"Dane has been the one who's had to kind of step up and continue to encourage both of our young corners, and he's done that," Frazier said. "I think that's had a lot to do with the chemistry between the three of them."
Frazier also credits safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde for calming the waters for the rookies who are just three days away from playing in their first NFL regular season game.
"They can, in some ways, give that young corner some protection, to where you feel like, 'I'm not out here alone because of the two guys that really roaming the back end,'" Frazier said. "I think having those two really helps to buffer some of the angst that you might have."