Well that was fast. According to Syracuse.com’s Matthew Fairburn, the Buffalo Bills have activated cornerback Leodis McKelvin from the active/PUP list just three days after making him a very notable addition to it. Although the status of star left tackle Cordy Glenn remains in doubt, there is no doubt at this point that the team’s No. 2 corner will be ready for the start of training camp.
McKelvin was placed on the active/PUP list earlier this week due to his recovery from a hip surgery earlier this offseason, but it was never expected to be a significant issue. The 28-year-old’s hip surgery wasn’t known until early June, but it’s obviously far less severe than fellow corner Stephon Gilmore’s.
Both McKelvin and Gilmore will form one of the best cornerback duos in the league, if not one of the most underrated. A former first-round pick, McKelvin shed the “bust” tag with a solid 2012 season, and the talented return man turned in his best season as a pro under Mike Pettine, who also coaxed a strong season out of Jerry Hughes. Pettine is gone, but both McKelvin and Hughes are legitimate difference-makers on a Bills defense that lost a difference-maker to a major knee injury earlier this offseason. McKelvin had 72 tackles and 20 passes defended last season, but defenses will still have to test him with Gilmore set to have a big year.