E. J. Gaines

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E. J. Gaines
No. 28 – Cleveland Browns
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1992-02-23) February 23, 1992 (age 26)
Independence, Missouri
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: Independence (MO) Ft. Osage
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 188
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2017
Total tackles: 185
Forced fumbles: 4
Fumble recoveries: 3
Pass deflections: 30
Interceptions: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Edwin "E. J." Gaines Jr. (born February 23, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, playing with them for three seasons before being traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2017.

High school career[edit]

Gaines attended Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri. He was a two-time First-team all-state performer, and helped lead his team to the Missouri Class 5 title game as a senior in 2009, in which he ran for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 400 yards, while also starring in the secondary by making 72 tackles and two interceptions. His junior year, he had 89 tackles and added 5 interceptions (including one he returned for a score) in 2008. He recorded 88 tackles and five interceptions as a sophomore in 2007. He was also a standout performer in track and basketball for his school, as he won all-state honors in track two different years.

Considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Gaines was listed as the No. 44 cornerback in the nation in 2010.[1]

College career[edit]

In 2010, as a true freshman at Missouri, Gaines appeared in all 13 games recording 26 tackles, as a backup cornerback. In 2011, he won a starting position and set a school record with 18 passes defended, while also finishing the season fifth on the team with 69 tackles, and two interceptions. He earned first team All-Big 12 honors. In 2012, he led the team with 11 pass break ups and finished with a career-high 74 tackles. He also forced two fumbles and had an interception. In his senior season, he intercepted a career-high five passes while adding 75 tackles, earning himself a first-team All-SEC selection.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 9 58 in
(1.77 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
4.51 s 1.58 s 2.59 s 4.28 s 7.13 s 31 12 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
14 reps
All values from 2014 NFL Combine[3]

St. Louis / Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Gaines was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the sixth round (188th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[4] He started 15 games his rookie season in 2014, recording 70 tackles, 14 passes defensed and two interceptions, earning him a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team.

After earning the starting cornerback job the previous season and during training camp, Gaines was placed on injured reserve on August 15, 2015 due to a Lisfranc injury, ending his season before it started.[5]

Gaines returned to the starting lineup in 2016, playing in 11 games with 10 starts, recording 56 tackles and seven passes defensed. He missed five games in 2016 due to a thigh injury.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On August 11, 2017, Gaines, along with a 2018 second round pick, was traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Sammy Watkins and a 2018 sixth round pick.[6][7] He started 11 games in 2017, recording 59 tackles, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and one interception.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Gaines signed with the Cleveland Browns on March 23, 2018, reuniting with former Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Gaines welcomed his first child, Edwin “Tre” Gaines III, with Juanita Clare on January 23, 2016.


  1. ^ E. J. Gaines Recruiting Profile
  2. ^ Mizzou's Sam, Gaines Named First Team All-SEC
  3. ^ EJ Gaines Combine results
  4. ^ Van Bibber, Ryan (May 10, 2014). "St. Louis Rams select Mizzou CB E.J. Gaines with pick No. 188". TurfShowTimes.com. 
  5. ^ Smith, Michael David (August 16, 2015). "Rams Lose Starting Cornerback EJ Gaines". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 
  6. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 11, 2017). "Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, acquire Matthews". NFL.com. 
  7. ^ Bodenrader, Mark (August 11, 2017). "Rams Acquire WR Sammy Watkins in Trade With Bills". TheRams.com. 
  8. ^ Gribble, Andrew (March 23, 2018). "Browns continue to bolster secondary with signing of E.J. Gaines". ClevelandBrowns.com. 

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