Buffalo Bills’ number one cornerback, Terrence McGee, is still not 100% healthy following another injury riddled 2011 campaign. The two-time All-Pro’s knee continues to plague him despite missing almost all of last year. This is even more concerning for Buffalo considering that they just waived former starting cornerback, Drayton Florence, earlier last month.
McGee has been a completely different player over the last couple of years, as he has spent more time in the ice tub then on the field. The veteran has missed 22 games over the last three years and has only registered one interception during that stretch. The Bills defense has made some significant improvements all-around, but the majority of their success will certainly hinge on the health of their star cornerback.
Buffalo has already begun looking for McGee’s replacement, as the team drafted Aaron Williams out of Texas in the second round in 2011, then grabbed Stephon Gilmore out of South Carolina in the first round in 2012. However, the young duo will need McGee on the field to not only help defend the better receivers in the AFC East, but to help teach them how to play the position as well.
McGee played in the first game of the season last year, but unfortunately missed the next four games after that. McGee is still hopeful that he will be completely healthy when Buffalo opens their season in New York against the Jets in week one of the 2012 season. McGee is the unquestioned leader of the Bills’ secondary, but he needs to be on the field to be able to make a real difference.