The film evaluators and stat crunchers at ProFootballFocus have been counting down their top 100 players in the league and two Bills have cracked the top 30.
Based on 2012 season stats and film review PFF has Jairus Byrd as the league’s 25th best player, while Kyle Williams, despite playing with a bad Achilles ranked 22nd. Here’s what they wrote about the two Bills defenders.
25. Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills (72nd)
Is there a better deep safety in the league than Byrd right now? A legitimate playmaker that quarterbacks have to be mindful of on every down, Byrd comfortably finished the year our top ranked cover safety. Now, the way he’s used may not make him the most complete safety out there, but he’s so good at what he does you can’t help but appreciate the Bills’ franchise player.
Best Performance: Week 11 vs Miami, +5.3
Key Stat: Intercepted five passes and wasn’t beaten for a touchdown all year.
22. Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo Bills (Unranked)
After missing nearly all of 2011 some wonder if Williams would take some time to find his best form. Outside of a couple of disappointing games, they needn’t have worried. Williams missed out on finishing second overall in our defensive tackle rankings only because of penalties, displaying the kind of every-down talent which he has for a long time. As is always the case, Williams was making plays at a relentless pace throughout the entire season.
Best Performance: Week 10 at New England, +6.8
Key Stat: His 65 combined hits, sacks, hurries and defensive run stops were third-most of all defensive tackles.
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