Bills midseason awards

November 05, 2019 - 1:03 am
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At 6-2, the Buffalo Bills have their best record halfway through a season since 1993 when they started 7-1.

The Bills have a very team-first identity, but there are many individual positional, player, and coaching performances throughout the year that have impacted the season for better or worse.

Introducing the Buffalo Bills 2019 mid-season awards.

Most Valuable Player: S Jordan Poyer

The Bills secondary has been one of the best in the NFL this season. They have allowed the third fewest passing yards total and per game over the first nine weeks.

While CB Tre'Davious White and S Micha Hyde have been equally as important, S Jordan Poyer has been the glue to this defensive unit.

Pro Football Focus has Poyer ranked 9th of all safeties.

Poyer is making an impact on every level of the defense. He ranks second of all safeties in run stop percentage. T

he veteran has a sack and is tied for sixth in pass-rush productivity according to PFF.

Add an interception and a forced fumble to the stat sheet, and you have yourself a do-it-all weapon on defense.

Surprise Player: DT Jordan Phillips

Jordan Phillips was a second round pick and was expected to have a role on the defense in 2019.

However, the 27-year old interior defensive lineman is having a breakout year not many thought would get to this level after eight games.

In the trenches, the Bills invested a large contract in Star Lotulelei, a first round pick in Ed Oliver, and a third round pick in Harrison Phillips over the last few years.

Yet, it has been Jordan Phillips that is the star in the middle.

Phillips has been the most productive pass-rusher with six sacks, on pace for an impressive 12 on the season. He had a three-sack game and has at least one in four games.

The Oklahoma-product has a sack in the last two games against Philadelphia and Washington.

With this sudden emergence, the future of the Bills interior defensive line looks even brighter.

Most Valuable Rookie: RB Devin Singletary

The Bills third round pick has been one of the offenses most explosive play-makers.

In just five games played, Singletary has five 20+ yard plays.

That includes a 49-yard and 28-yard reception. His abilities as a receiver has been a pleasant surprise as Singletary was not utilized in that area much coming out of Florida Atlantic.

He has been extremely efficient on the ground too, averaging 6.7 yards per attempt.

Mr. Reliable: WR John Brown

John Brown was one of the best offseason signings in the NFL this past spring.

He has quickly become QB Josh Allen's favorite and most reliable target through the air.

Brown has at least 50 receiving yards in all eight games. Saints WR Michael Thomas is the only other pass catcher that has achieved that feat.

Brown is on pace for 84 receptions 1,206 yards and 4 touchdowns. That is without the deep plays that he has grown accustomed to making throughout his career.

Most Disappointing Player: DT Star Lotulelei

Lotulelei is what he is. A space-eating nose tackle that isn't meant to make the splash plays. Being a flashy, pass-rushing defensive tackle was never his identity.

The issue isn't just Lotulelei hasn't gotten to the quarterback, or made any sort of plays on the ball.

He also hasn't been great at the role he is expected to take on.

Buffalo's run defense has struggled the last two weeks, and the veteran has been a big reason for running backs making big plays.

Specifically, his gap containment hasn't been strong.

With a large contract of $10 million annually, injuries and inexperience up front, one would hope the Bills could get more out of Lotulelei.

Play of the half-year: QB Josh Allen to WR John Brown in fourth quarter vs Jets Week 1

Allen has the most game-winning drives in the fourth quarter of any quarterback this year. His most impressive one came in the opener against New York which was capped off by the go-ahead touchdown pass to Brown.

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