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Looking At The Bills Safety Room After Signing Taylor Rapp



Brandon Beane gets his first defensive addition of free agency! The Buffalo Bills came out on Monday and signed some safety depth, giving Taylor Rapp a one year deal worth less than $2M, per Jay Skurski. Rapp, a former LA Ram, totaled 92 tackles, two INTs, and six passes defended last season. According to Spotrac, Rapp’s market value was $10M a year when free agency opened. Now that we’re in Week 3 of free agency, the Bills got him for a steal. So, what does the former second-round pick bring to the Bills defense?

Rapp has a nose for the ball, totaling nine INTs and 23 passes defensed over his four year career. He played a tad slower and was not the best in coverage, so maybe being a box safety is best for him this year. Rapp gives the Bills some much needed depth at a position that was severely depleted at times last year. Now, the Bills have some insurance in case Micah Hyde/Jordan Poyer go down again this year.

Brandon Beane had this to say about Taylor Rapp on Monday:

“He was one of the guys we were looking at to replace Jordan. Adding him into the mix is exciting.”

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Signing both Jordan Poyer and Taylor Rapp is big for the secondary, given Rapp met with the New England Patriots before signing in Buffalo. According to PFF, these are the amount of reps he’s taken at different positions over his career:

DL – 56

Box – 1,094

FS – 1,389

Slot – 725

Corner – 40

Given the Bills already have their two starting safeties, we would most likely see Rapp come in as the third safety on specific play calls. Rapp has starting experience across the secondary, so seeing how Sean McDermott and Co. scheme up certain formations for him throughout the season will be very interesting to see.

Current Bills Safeties

  • Micah Hyde
  • Jordan Poyer
  • Taylor Rapp
  • Damar Hamlin
  • Zayne Anderson
  • Jared Mayden

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