— FS Jairus Byrd was awarded second team All-Pro honors by Pro Football Focus at the free safety position. Byrd finished the year tied for ninth among NFL defensive backs with 98 tackles (75 solo) and three interceptions.
–RB Fred Jackson, G Andy Levitre and SS George Wilson were each named to ESPN.com’s All-AFC East team for 2011. Before being placed on Injured Reserve, Jackson posted a league-high six 100-yard rushing games and was third in the NFL with 934 rushing yards. Levitre started all 16 games and was part of an offensive line that allowed a league-best 23 sacks and blocked for an offense that finished first in the AFC averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Wilson posted a team-best four interceptions in 2011 and his 106 tackles placed him fifth among NFL defensive backs.
Buffalo News – Dareus ready to tackle any role
BuffaloBills.com – Buffalobills.com 2011 Team Awards
BuffaloBills.com – Jasper speaks out against bullying
Byrd 2nd team PFF All-Pro, Dareus & Shep give BCS champ preview, Fred latest to back Stevie return
AFC East Blog (ESPN.com)
Buffalo Sports Daily
Pro Football Weekly
QUOTE OF THE DAY
RB C.J. Spiller
On if he feels like his confidence has been increased:
My confidence was never low when Fred was having a great season. I just wasn’t getting an opportunity because of what he was doing. I just stayed the course and believed in what I was doing. My time was going to come sooner or later and it did. I just tried to take advantage of it. I think the coaches knew all along what I was capable of doing. Like I said we had a guy playing at Pro Bowl level. I hope they didn’t lose confidence in me because I was playing. They drafted me to be able to help this offense out.
THIS DAY IN BILLS HISTORY
January 6, 1984 — FREEMAN NAMED ALL-PRO
Buffalo DB Steve Freeman was named to the 1983 Sporting News All-Pro team.
Bills LB Nick Barnett spoke to ESPN’s Sunday Countdown for a feature on how the Bills defense had success against Tim Tebow in Week 16’s 40-14 victory. Piece is scheduled to run on Sunday.
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