The Buffalo Bills are likely going to be without starting cornerback Ronald Darby on Sunday, which will put the spotlight on rookie Kevon Seymour.
The Southern California product said Thursday he expects to be in the starting lineup against the Oakland Raiders.
"It's a big step," Seymour said. "Big responsibility, filling in for Darby and being that corner the team is relying on. I'm excited for it."
Seymour made his first career start in Week Nine against the Seattle Seahawks, but that came in the slot. He'll be lined up outside in Oakland, against Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, who have combined for 126 catches, 1,633 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
"It’s going to be a big test for all of us," Seymour said. "We’ve got to play disciplined."
Corey White replaced Darby on Sunday against the Jaguars, but he's spent some time at safety this week with James Ihedigbo nursing an ankle injury.
"We’ve moved guys around," coach Rex Ryan said. "We’re trying to cover ourselves in case there are injuries."
What does Ryan like about Seymour?
"He’s confident. He can run," he said. "Those are the two biggest things, if you have confidence and you can run, then you can play that spot."
Seymour said his experience playing in the slots would help him on the outside.
"I’m making safety checks when I’m in at the nickel, so when I get out there at corner, I’m able to process things faster than I would if I never would have moved inside," he said. "It took some extra studying, but now I’ve played that position and I’m on the outside, everything’s going smooth out there."
So what will he be focused on Sunday?
"Communication is key when we’re out there on the field," he said. "If you're not communicating, it’ll all go downhill. Alignment, assingnment and technique. That’s what I’ve got to do great on Sunday."