6'1'' / 205 lbs
Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that Benford will start in Monday's game at the Jets, Ryan O'Halloran of The Buffalo News reports.
In a surprising turn of events, the 2022 sixth-rounder beat out 2020 seventh-rounder Dane Jackson and 2022 first-rounder Kaiir Elam for the honor of starting at cornerback in Week 1. Both Jackson and Elam played more snaps than Benford last season, and the latter also represents a much larger investment in terms of draft capital. Whether the starter designation indicates a true full-time role remains to be seen, but it's clear Coach McDermott likes what he has in his sophomore corner out of Villanova.
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The Bills activated Benford (oblique) from IR on Friday, Chris Brown of the team's official site reports.
Benford has been sidelined on IR since suffering an oblique strain during the Week 12 win over Detroit. The rookie cornerback was then designated to return to practice Dec. 29, and he should now be available to play heading into the regular-season finale versus New England. Benford has recorded 24 tackles and five passes defended, including one interception, across nine games this season, and he'll likely slot back into a primary reserve role behind cornerbacks Tre'Davious White, Taron Johnson and Kaiir Elam.
The Bills announced Thursday that Benford (oblique) has been designated for a return to practice from IR.
Benford landed on IR after suffering an oblique injury Thanksgiving versus the Lions, but he's now eligible to retake the field as early as Monday's game against Cincinnati. The rookie sixth-round pick has a 21-day practice window where he can be evaluated without counting against the active roster.