Gaines was acquired by the Bills ahead of the 2017 season when the team unloaded Sammy Watkins to the Rams, had a surprisingly good campaign as a starter, then left for Cleveland on a one-year deal, only playing in six games before returning to Buffalo with Monday's signing. Wallace, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, had an excellent first pro campaign with 37 tackles and three passes defensed over seven games, eventually winning a starting role and being one of the league's more difficult corners to throw against. Tre'Davious White is locked in as one starting corner, so the Gaines/Wallace battle should be a pretty good one come training camp. Meanwhile, the Bills will have strong depth in what's turned out to be a very good secondary recently.
Wallace, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, finished his first pro campaign with 37 tackles and three passes defensed over seven games.
Wallace was released by the Bills in September and surprisingly worked his way into a starting role by the end of the season. The big question is whether the team is content to roll with him as a starter into next season across from stud corner Tre'Davious White, or if they'll bring in a bigger name given that the team has all kinds of cap space to spend this offseason. Most likely, Buffalo will use the bulk of its money on bigger needs like wide receiver or offensive line, then use a modest amount or a higher draft pick to make it more of a competition for the No. 2 spot. Either way, Wallace held his own out there given how green he was and ended up high on the list following most final-season rookie corner grades.
Wallace has logged 16 tackles and two passed defensed over his last four games, all starts.
Wallace, an undrafted rookie free agent from Alabama, didn't even make the Bills out of training camp and spent time on the practice squad this season, but he's kept at it and is now the full-time starter across from stud corner Tre'Davious White. You'd figure most teams would pick on Wallace, but he's held his own and even though he allows a few catches, he's proven adept at not getting beat for extra yardage. Wallace has a chance to hold this job into next season.
Wallace, an undrafted rookie making his first NFL start, played every defensive snap Sunday and logged one tackle and one pass defensed in the win over the Jets.
The IDP numbers are modest, but Wallace and stud corner Tre'Davious White completely shut down the Jets' passing attack. With Phillip Gaines getting cut last week and Vontae Davis quitting on his team earlier in the season, the starting job looks like Wallace's to lose. The 3-7 Bills might give him some rope too, as they've transitioned to a state of giving younger players a fair look. Wallace is used to the spotlight after playing in many big games at Alabama.
Wallace will start at cornerback during his NFL debut Sunday against the Jets, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.
Wallace earned the starting nod over fellow inexperienced corner Ryan Lewis as the Bills look for a replacement across from Tre'Davious White. Luckily for Wallace, the Jets' underwhelming receiving corps will be without Robby Anderson (ankle) as Jermaine Kearse and Rishard Matthews fill in behind Quincy Enunwa.