Isn’t it nice to acquire an under-the-radar player and they have the exact work ethic and athletic ability you hoped they had? The Buffalo Bills scored big but in a quiet way by signing Jordan Poyer in free agency last offseason. A seventh round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, who has spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns made a splash for the Bills secondary in 2017.
Agreeing to a four-year deal worth up to $13 million, Poyer made his first season in Buffalo count. Tying with teammate ballhawk Micah Hyde with 5 interceptions and bringing his mentality going straight for the football, he can be argued as the backbone of the secondary.
As a member of the new secondary that the Bills put together, not much was to say as to how the secondary would produce. The signing of Hyde was a big one, but with Poyer coming in, not much was to say about him at the time. Now he is known by opponents based off of last season.
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With the secondary staying almost the same, there is no reason to doubt that Poyer couldn’t improve off of last season. The defense took steps forward in hopes of improving. With Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane bringing in help on the defensive line, the Bills secondary could be seeing even more action this season. Stop the run, and allow the secondary to continue to excel during the passing game.
Poyer recorded 63 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 5 interceptions (one pick-six) and batted away 13 passes. Not bad at all for his first year as a Bill. These are manageable and could very well see the same result by Poyer, if not better.
2018 Season Projections:
75 tackles, 1 sack, 5 interceptions, 15 passes defended.
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