Robey-Coleman was released by the Bills on Monday. Robey-Coleman's release comes as a bit of a surprise right before free agency begins. He had 35 tackles, a forced fumble, and seven passes defensed, including two interceptions, while playing in all 16 games in 2016. He'll be entering his age-25 season in 2017 and is coming off a campaign in which he emerged as one of the league's better nickel cornerbacks.
Robey-Coleman lost his main nickel role to rookie Kevon Seymour in practice last week, and only played 15 defensive snaps in Sunday's win at Cincinnati. The Bills had trouble in the secondary leading up to the big Week 11 win, so they turned to Kevon Seymour -- who offers more size -- for a bigger role. (Seymour ended up with 40 snaps.) Since the secondary ended up having one of its best games of the season, this situation may continue. Robey-Coleman did end up with three tackles and one pass defensed in that limited action.
Robey-Coleman picked off his first two passes of the season during Sunday's win over the Rams. He returned one to the house, his second TD of the season following a scoop-and-score during the Week 2 loss to the Jets. This was quite the return to home for the USC product, and Robey-Coleman certainly didn't let down any friends and family in attendance. That all said, Robey-Coleman isn't a starter and has played a modest 53.9 percent of the defensive snaps this season, leaving him off the IDP radar, as his 10 tackles attest.
Robey-Coleman remains sidelined with a knee injury but expects to be back for Week 1 of the regular season, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Yeah, give me, I feel like another week, two weeks I will be ready," said Robey-Coleman. "I am doing good. I did a lot of running today, side to side movement and things like that and it felt real good on my joints, and felt good on my body." Rookie Kevon Seymour is thought to be pushing Robey-Coleman for the top nickel job, but he's also injured. Assuming Robey-Coleman can in fact suit up for Week 1, we think he'll still be the coach's choice. Seymour may push him all season, however.
Robey-Coleman left practice early Tuesday due to a quad contusion, BuffaloBills.com reports. Robey-Coleman just returned Monday from and ankle injury, so he must be getting frustrated that things aren't breaking his way as he tries to seal up the nickel job as a rising Kevon Seymour continues to make a good impression.