ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — If you’re wondering who No. 13 is in the New England secondary, you’re not alone.
That’s veteran cornerback De’Vante Bausby making his Patriots debut in the Wild Card round.
The 28-year-old defensive back has been on the practice squad since late October and was elevated in Orchard Park. He’s appeared in games for the Bears, Eagles, Broncos, and Cardinals, while also playing in the now-defunct AAF where he lead the league in interceptions. In his NFL career, the corner has started six games and made 58 tackles.
A Kansas city native, Bausby played Division II football at Pittsburg State and went undrafted in 2015.
Bausby is getting his shot with the Patriots because Jalen Mills and Shaun Wade on the COVID-19 reserve list; they’re thin in the secondary. D’Angelo Ross was also elevated from the practice squad for the Wild Card tilt with the Bills.
“We’ve had to switch a few things up but we’ve still prepared the same. This is a big game for us,” J.C. Jackson said. “It was tough not having (Mills) this week, but when a guy goes down, (it’s) next man up. So we’ve been preparing all week for the next guy. He’s going to be ready, whoever it is.”
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