The players on the Buffalo roster have elected to name six players as captains for the 2011 season – QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Fred Jackson, DT Kyle Williams, LB Andra Davis, S George Wilson, and P Brian Moorman.
The offense will be represented by a pair of first-time captains in Fitzpatrick and Jackson. As the unquestioned starting quarterback, it makes complete sense that Fitz was given the nod – in fact, I’d have been concerned if he wasn’t elected. Jackson is also an obvious choice. Working your way up from Division III Coe College and minor league indoor football to starting NFL running back shows tremendous character. I’m sure he commands a huge deal of respect in the Buffalo locker room.
On defense, the leaders will also be first-time captains with Williams and Davis wearing the “C.” Williams, a former fifth-round draft choice, has quietly become one of the league’s premier defensive linemen. In addition, his leadership skills are clearly strong if our interview with Bills rookie Michael Jasper is any indication. Jasper went out of his way to praise Williams as one who is a guiding hand to the younger players.
Davis is entering his tenth year in the league and clearly knows his way around the NFL. I’m not sure he should be anything more than a situational run defender at this point in his career, but I’m glad he’s on this team. He’s provided invaluable experience and guidance as the Bills attempt to transition to the 3-4 defense.
The selections of Moorman and Wilson were practically no-brainers. Moorman has been elected a special teams captain in each of the last the past six seasons, while Wilson is now serving as a captain for the fourth time. While the special teams took a bit of step back last season, Moorman and Wilson have been major contributors to effective special teams units for some time now.