It's both easy and difficult to criticize Buffalo Bills cornerback Justin Rogers.
With the Bills' best cornerback Stephon Gilmore injured, Rogers has filled in. But he hasn't had a lot of success.
For evidence of this, look no further than Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
Rogers was burned by Stephen Hill in the first half for a 51-yard touchdown and was beat for another long touchdown in the second half.
It's no secret that Rogers isn't the Bills' best defensive back. It wasn't the first time he was burned for a touchdown and it won't be the last. But it was also the first time the Bills' problems in the secondary were exposed and why some fans were worried entering the season with Gilmore and safety Jairus Byrd out of action.
The Bills could be in more trouble if cornerback Leodis McKelvin has to miss time. He left the Jets game due to injury, but it wasn't clear how serious the injury was.
If McKelvin is out of action for any length of time, the Bills will need to bring another cornerback. And instead of bringing an unproven player or elevating someone from their practice squad, they should look to bring in a veteran or two.
Some of the free agents available:
- Nate Clements, former Bills cornerback. He played in Cincinnati last season.
- Sheldon Brown, who last played with the Cleveland Browns.
- Marcus Trufant, a former Seattle Seahawks cornerback who signed with Jacksonville in the spring. The Jaguars released him in August.
The Bills need some help. There are veteran options out there? Will they go after one (or more) of them? At this point, they may not have a choice.
Injuries pile up in loss to the Jets
The trainers were busy Sunday as several Buffalo Bills players left the game early with injuries.
Running back C.J. Spiller left the game with a knee injury. As of early Monday, the extent of the injury is unknown. It's also unclear how many games, if any, he will.
Defensive linemen Alex Carrington and Marcell Dareus also left with injuries. Carrington appeared to have a leg injury, but it's unclear if he'll miss any time.
The same goes for Dareus, who suffered an ankle injury and didn't play the rest of the game.