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5 things about new Bills cornerback Phillip Gaines

The Bills signed cornerback Phillips Gaines on Thursday. Here are five things to know about him:

1. The numbers: Gaines, 26, had 30 tackles and three passes defended in 2017. In his career, he has 89 tackles, 14 passes defended and two fumble recoveries in 41 games. His best statistical season was 2016 when he had 41 tackles in 11 games with five starts.

2. The grades: Gaines' 2017 grade from Pro Football Focus was listed as poor at 35.9 and he was No. 119 among 120 qualified cornerbacks. That followed a season in which his grade was 34.8.

3. Injury history: Gaines missed the Chiefs' wild-card loss last season after suffering an elbow injury in Week 17 and being placed on injured reserve. He started the season as the Chiefs' slot corner but was benched midway through the season after struggling. He saw extended play in the regular season finale against Denver with the Chiefs locked into their playoff position. He played only three games in the 2015 season after being placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He has never played a full 16-game season in his four years in the league.

4. Coming to the league: Gaines was a third-round pick (No. 87 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft after being named two-time All-Conference USA at Rice. He set a school career record by breaking up 38 passes in his career. Gaines ran an impressive 4.34 at the scouting combine before he was drafted; the time was among the best at his position.

5. Military ties: Gaines is from a military family and he spent time overseas, including being enrolled at a school in Italy, while his parents were in the service. His father is a master sergeant and his mother is a senior master sergeant.

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