Pro Football Focus, which does a lot of film review and number crunching released it’s ‘Changing of the Guard’ review for the AFC East teams.
In it they pick out three players from each of the teams in the division. One player that’s on the rise. One that they feel slipped and a third that they feel should get more playing time based on their independent film study of the 16 games from 2010.
Here were their findings for the Bills, though we don’t agree with all of their assessments.
Moving On Up: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (+10.4 to +18.5)
Fitzpatrick took some time to get going, but had the kind of stretch of play from Week 11 to Week 15 that made you think he could do a job for the Bills going forward. He’ll always have the odd bad game because he walks a fine line between making a good throw or a bad decision, but he gave Buffalo more of an opportunity to win than you figured he would. He’s probably not the future, but he might be the near-future.
Had a Bad Year: LB Paul Posluszny (+16.6 to -2.7)
Our top-rated Bills defender in 2009 didn’t find life easy as the Bills defense struggled to find a schematic identity. He actually made more tackles and missed fewer in 2010, but he was too easily handled in the run game and looked a little out of place in coverage.
Give This Guy More Snaps: DE Alex Carrington (+1.6 in 214 snaps)
The rookie defensive end only got on the field for nine games, but in that time he did enough to suggest he could contribute (and upgrade) the Bills defensive line rotation. In Week 12 against Pittsburgh, where he saw his most extensive action, he picked up a sack and quarterback pressure while constantly getting inside Jonathan Scott to disrupt the Steeler running game. For the rest of the season his time was limited, but he graded positively when being used as a more conventional 4-3 end.
Tags: Alex Carrington, Paul Posluszny, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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