Gaines, signed as a free agent after spending his first four seasons with the Chiefs, has been the main No. 3 nickel corner during OTA practices, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
The Bills play a style of defense where the nickel corner sees the field often, illustrated by last year's No. 3 guy, Leonard Johnson, (who wasn't re-signed) seeing the field for 61 percent of the defensive snaps. Gaines has never logged more than 44 tackles in a season, but he's also spent his entire career in a much different defense. Johnson totaled 53 tackles in the system in 2017.
Gaines was signed Thursday, Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com reports.
At least the equipment manager will have it easy, as the Bills lost starter E.J. Gaines to the Browns this offseason, while Phillip now joins the Buffalo cornerback group. Gaines was a reserve corner for the Chiefs for four seasons, and that's the role he'll likely play with the Bills behind starters Tre'Davious White and Vontae Davis. His new team values experience and culture fit, and that's exactly what Gaines will provide.
Gaines won't return to Sunday's game against the Broncos due to an elbow injury.
Gaines sustained the injury in the second quarter and originally was tabbed questionable to return, but was ruled out after halftime. The 26-year-old was seeing increased defensive snaps with Ron Parker and Marcus Peters both inactive, as the Chiefs opted to rest some players for the playoffs.
Gaines recorded four tackles in Friday's preseason loss to the Seahawks.
Showing no signs of having dislocated his finger two weeks ago, Gaines tied for the second-most tackles in the game. He's expected to open the season as the top backup to Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson.
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||13||20||20.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||3||6||5.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||11||44||42.0||2||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||14||30||23.0||7||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
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|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||11||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|