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Wannstedt anxious to see his young corners against Tom Brady

By Jay Skurski

Ready or not for the Buffalo Bills’ cornerbacks, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are coming to town Sunday.

“We don’t have a choice at this point,” Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt said with a smile today when asked whether his young corners are ready for their biggest challenge. “The truth of the matter is they have gotten better from Week One to Week Two to Week Three and this’ll be their biggest test.”

Wannstedt went on to explain what makes preparing against the Patriots so difficult.

"They’ve got outstanding receivers, yes, but Tom does such a great job. Every time the ball’s snapped, [the corners] have to assume their guy is going to be the receiver who gets the ball thrown to him,” Wannstedt said. “As compared to most quarterbacks where you’re content to teach some concepts and say ‘hey, when they line up in this formation or do this, this is what they’re focusing on, and this is where the ball’s probably coming.’ With Brady, it makes no difference. You’ve got to cover the whole field."

Wannstedt the biggest development for cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore, Aaron Williams and Justin Rogers has been increased confidence.

“I think they’re all serious about it. I think they’ve all gained confidence, and that’s the biggest thing at that position,” Wannstedt said. “They know what to do, but early on you don’t want to give up the big play, so you play a little softer than you would normally, and that’s not really what we do. They’ve gained confidence and this’ll be a big challenge. I’m excited to see what they do."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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