At 8-8 the Buffalo Bills missed the playoffs in 2015….again. All and all it was a frustrating season filled with injuries and disappointing performances from the offense and defense at certain points this season. However, there were some Bills that stood out from the rest and played at a high level. Based on my own opinion and Bills twitter here’s how I’d rank the Top 5 Buffalo Bills players from this season:
Most voted players on twitter (in order):
- Tyrod Taylor
- Sammy Watkins
- Ronald Darby
- Richie Incognito
- Stephon Gilmore
1. OG Richie Incognito
I disagree with Twitter on the best player from the Bills. I believe it was Richie Incognito. The Bills averaged the most yards per carry when running to the left side in the league for a reason. Incognito was also very solid in pass protection and only bad game came against a very good Fletcher Cox.
Without him the Bills wouldn’t have had the number 1 rushing attack in the league. His resurgence helped tackle Cordy Glenn in his resurgence making a once weak-side of the line a strength. Richie Incognito, who is an unrestricted free agent, earned himself a new deal this offseason.
2. QB Tyrod Taylor
After years of quarterback purgatory including failed 2013 1st round draft pick EJ Manuel, the Bills found their short-term guy trying to prove he’s the long term guy in Tyrod Taylor. Who knew in today’s NFL that a guy who was drafted to be the backup and after four years of practice and being behind super-bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco he might actually be a viable quarterback?
During training camp and preseason Taylor beat out EJ Manuel and the lowly Matt Cassel to become the team’s next starter. He was everything the Buffalo Bills wanted and more. Using his strong arm and running ability he developed into a well-rounded dual threat quarterback that can sling down the field. His only downside was not being able to read the entire field.
3. WR Sammy Watkins
Unlike last year, Sammy Watkins had a quarterback with an arm that could accurately drop the pigskin in his hands. In his first year under Greg Roman’s system he grew into an elite deep-threat. He showed good ball skills throughout the season. Watkins flashed the ability to be an elite overall wide receiver. However, despite being a good deep-threat he needs to work on his route tree to really develop better.
Complaining was the best thing he could’ve done. Starting at week 9 he only trailed Antonio Brown in catches and receiving yards. Although Darrelle Revis was declining, Sammy Watkins bought himself a chunk of land from Revis island as he torched him in their week 17 matchup.
4. CB Ronald Darby
It wasn’t too long ago when Bills fans were nervous about Darby because of his shaky play in the preseason and the fact that they were playing the wide receiver stacked Indianapolis Colts. Instead the 2nd round pick blew his low expectations out of the water ending up as the 4th best cornerback in the league.
Darby and Stephon Gilmore proved to be a rare bright spot in this defense as lock down corners. Even when Gilmore was out with a Shoulder injury Darby stepped up and kept his play at a high level. Fans should be very glad with what they got from the rookie.
5. OT Cordy Glenn
This 5 spot is a 50-50 tossup with Cordy Glenn and Stephon Gilmore. I decided to go with Glenn because of the big improvement he made from 2014 to 2015. Glenn thrived in Greg Roman’s system along with teammate Richie Incognito.
They often ran a sweep play where the guard (usually Incognito) would pull over and block a linebacker with Glenn taking out the defensive end or outside linebacker. This was one of their most effective plays and worked with both LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams.
Honorable mentions: OLB Manny Lawson, CB Stephon Gilmore, NT Marcell Dareus.