Four members of the Bills were named to Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 players list for the 2017 season.
Rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White was the highest-ranked Bills player by far, at No. 21. Safety Jordan Poyer came in at No. 95, safety Micah Hyde at No. 97 and running back LeSean McCoy at No. 99.
The top five on the list were Los Angles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, New England quarterback Tom Brady, Minnesota safety Harrison Smith, Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner and Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Heyward.
Of note, the rankings only reflect the 2017 regular season and they are not weighted by position.
Here’s what PFF’s Sam Monson said about the Bills players:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.