Report: Corner Akeem King taking a physical with the Bills

July 31, 2020 - 1:51 pm

On Thursday, the Bills lost two members of their secondary to the reserve/COVID-19 list, at least for the time being, in Siran Neal and rookie Dane Jackson. The team reportedly is looking to add veteran cornerback Akeem King.

King has played 34-games in the NFL, five for the Falcons in 2015, then 29 for the Seahawks in 2018 and 2019. In between, King spent time on injured reserves and practice squads.

Although King's base position is cornerback, he could provide more value for the Bills on special teams. In each of the last two seasons, King played a higher percentage of special teams snaps, than defensive snaps.

In 2018, King played 29.2% of Seattle's special teams snaps, compared to just 14.6% on defense. Last season, he played 35.5% on special teams, and 29.5% on defense.

Most of King's time on defense was spent as the nickel cornerback. The Bills spend most of their time on defense in the nickel. Taron Johnson, who often occupies the inside corner position, played nearly half of the Bills snaps in 2019, even with missing four games due to injury.

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