Robert Blanton has found a new, old home.
The veteran safety was signed by the Dallas Cowboys this past spring with the goal of potentially bolstering a secondary ravaged by NFL free agency, and at times showed potential to maneuver himself into the starting role. It ultimately wouldn’t work in the end, as he’d find himself a roster casualty going into the regular season.
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And he’s now heading back to the team he spent time with prior to his short stay in the Metroplex: The Buffalo Bills — the team officially announced.
His battle to remain with the Cowboys was an uphill one after the team drafted rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods, while also having moist-concrete faith in veteran Jeff Heath to get the job done in the starting role. Prior to the draft, however, having lost both Barry Church and backup J.J. Wilcox was more than enough to warrant bringing in a potential talent like Blanton.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound strong safety has never hesitant about making his presence felt. He’s the player who instigated the now infamous scuffle between the Bills and Patriots by shoving then-rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett in 2016.
Blanton is as competitive as you’ll find, and it didn’t take long for the Bills to scoop him back up once he was again free.
Over the course of his professional career, Blanton has accumulated 248 tackles (174 solo), five defended passes, an interception and a fumble recovery. His most productive season came in 2014, when he was a full-time starter for the Vikings.
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