Incase you do not know, Sean McDermott had the nickname “McNasty” back in his playing days at William and Mary. He was a hard hitting safety that inflicted pain on opponents. The Buffalo Bills secondary seems to have a problem with wrapping up in their tackles. While they are excellent at deflecting passes and reeling in an interception, when a running back breaks through the first and second level, the secondary goes into an arm-tackling mode which is a huge mistake.
While the team will obviously stick to the core they have in centerfield, they can still find depth. Baylor safety Chris Miller is the opposite of someone like Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. He is certainly not the best in coverage, but if you want a hard-hitting safety, take a look at Miller and his game.
Name: Chris Miller
Weight: 190 pounds
Miller is a hard hitter against the run which is something that the Bills do not currently have. When Miller can see an open ball carrier, he takes off like lightning and lights them up. Recording 76 tackles (2.5 for a loss) and two forced fumbles in 2019 helped him earn a Big-12 second team vote. He attacks quickly and can make a big play that turns the momentum.
The Bills do not have an enforcer in their secondary but that is not their scheme. Although, why not have one on reserve just as a protection plan? If McDermott wants to add physicality to his defense, Miller is definitely an option that the Bills need to look at.
Miller is certainly not an early prospect, but any team would be lucky to get him on the third day. Along with being a smash mouth caliber safety, he brings versatility to his game. His stats do not show it, but he can play both the corner and in the middle of the field. McDermott’s biggest factor of the Bills success is being able to go to different spots, out of your comfort zone to help better the team.
Versatility is what the Bills live off of. As a depth player, Miller can fulfill any need in the secondary. Having the ability to plug a player into a different role is crucial for coaches.
Even though most of us like to see the hard hits in the game, it comes with consequences. Miller was flagged three times last season for targeting. That brings a big question to his character and how he portrays himself on the field.
In his game, I also notice a little inconsistency with the angles he takes when going in for a stop. While he can make an immediate stop if he misses, he has not shown to be quick off of his feet to pursue a ball carrier.