Let's get to know the free agents the Buffalo Bills added this offseason that made the roster in a unique way.
Instead of simply reviewing these players' past performances while on different teams, we will examine athleticism. Typically, you can get an idea of how well someone will play based on athletic ability.
This, from analytics enthusiast Zach Whitman, applies to this topic:
"Not all good athletes are good players. Very few poor athletes are good players. Most great players are great athletes."
To provide a better understanding of the capabilities of Bills' acquisitions, let's find a relatively well-known, comparably athletic player.
Bills safety Micah Hyde (Titans and former Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan)
Height: 6'0" (5'11")
Weight: 197 (191)
Arm length: 31 1/2" (31 3/8")
Hand size: 9 3/8" (9 5/8")
40-yard dash: 4.53 (4.56)
Vertical: 33" (32 1/2")
Broad: 121" (116")
Three-cone: 6.78 (6.69)
Both members of the 2013 draft class, selected two rounds apart, Hyde and Ryan have extremely similar builds and athletic talents. Hyde is more linearly explosive -- as evidenced by his better 40-yard dash, vertical jump, and broad jump -- but Ryan was slightly "twitchier" in the three-cone drill. Their sub-7-second times in that drill are outstanding.
Ryan had a five-interception rookie year in 2013, a season in which Hyde didn't record a pick. Since then, the two have both recorded eight interceptions. Ryan has defended 32 passes. Hyde has defended 22. Ryan has played much more cornerback than Hyde in his NFL career.
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