Safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde thrived in their debut with the Buffalo Bills. It has been a few years since the Bills had quality coverage safeties who also flourished as run-defenders.
Poyer spent his first two NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, and Hyde was acquired following four seasons in Green Bay with the Packers.
Poyer earned Pro Football Focus' third-highest overall safety grade (90.7). He had the second-best coverage grade (90.9) at his position and the 13th-highest run-stopping grade (80.9).
Per Pro Football Focus, Poyer was targeted five times and allowed four receptions. However, he surrendered just 26 yards on those four catches -- 21 of which came on one play -- and he had a pass breakup and interception. The passer rating on throws to his target area was 48.4, the 22nd-best out of 70 qualifying safeties. Poyer did not miss a tackle.
Hyde's overall score of 80.7 placed him at No. 10 on PFF's safety list. His coverage grade of 82.4 was 13th-best, but his run-stopping grade of 70.3 was the 36th-highest among safeties. Neither Hyde nor Poyer left the field on defense for Buffalo, each playing all of the 58 possible snaps.
Hyde gave up three catches on four targets for 36 yards, and 25 of those yards occurred on one pass play. He also had a pass deflection and a pick. All that equated to a passer rating of 62.5 on passes thrown in his target area, the 29th-best out of those 70 safeties. Hyde was assigned with one missed tackle.
No other team besides the Bills has two safeties in the top 10. Only the Cardinals (Antoine Bethea and Tyvon Branch) and the Seahawks (Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor) have safety duos who placed in the top 20 of PFF's grades at the position in Week One.
(Bills grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)