PFF names four Bills players in top 101 in 2017

The Buffalo Bills defense carried the load, in most cases, during the 2017 season.

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So it comes as no surprise the the ratio of Bills defensive-to-offensive players appearing in Pro Football Focus’ top-101 players from 2017 was a 3-to-1 ratio.

Representing Buffalo’s defense was rookie cornerback Tre’Davis White, and safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. Running back LeSean McCoy was the lone Bill from the offense.

White blew away the competition, coming in at 21. The other three finished at 95, 97 & 99, respectively.

Here’s what PFF’s Sam Monson said about each:

21. Tre’Davious White

There were other rookies that received significantly more recognition than Tre’Davious White, but the Bills’ rookie had an incredible debut season in the NFL and was named PFF’s rookie of the year. White allowed just 50.6 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught in the regular season and allowed no receptions at all from three targets in his one playoff appearance. He has four picks and 12 pass breakups over the full season counting that playoff game and did all this while being thrust into the No. 1 cornerback role for the Bills from day one after the team traded away Ronald Darby.

PFF Elite Stat: White led rookie cornerbacks in average cover snaps played per reception allowed (15.8).

95. Jordan Poyer

The Buffalo Bills, safeties were overhauled in the offseason, and a new defensive scheme only maximized their impact in Year 1. Jordan Poyer had an outstanding year for the Bills and made the PFF Team of the Week two times. Poyer had five interceptions and six pass breakups over the year, earning an overall PFF grade of 87.6.

PFF Elite Stat: Poyer missed only four tackles on 572 snaps in pass coverage.

97. Micah Hyde

Another player to benefit from the Buffalo safety revamp and scheme change, Micah Hyde came over from Green Bay in the offseason and immediately upgraded the Bills’ secondary. Hyde ended the year tied for the fourth-best coverage grade among all safeties at 89.8 thanks to five interceptions and five pass breakups.

PFF Elite Stat: Hyde allowed 80 yards after the catch, eighth-fewest among safeties with 500-plus cover snaps.

99. LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy had another excellent season for the Bills a team that found itself unexpectedly in playoff contention and ended up making it all the way to the final minutes of the wild card round against the Jaguars. McCoy had an overall PFF grade of 82.3 and broke 33 tackles on 287 carries.

PFF Elite Stat: McCoy totaled 16 explosive (15-plus yards) runs in 2017, which was tied for the second-most among all NFL running backs.

The top three on PFF’s list were Los Angles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith.

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