Who placed first in this year’s offensive MVP race through 11 games?
With Jerry Hughes getting 7 votes, Zach Brown getting 14 votes and Lorenzo Alexander grabbing 34 votes, that left one Buffalo Bills‘ player with a whopping 55 votes — exactly half of the 110 total votes!
He has been the man in Buffalo for the past ten years and continues to be productive every single year. That remained true this season.
Kyle Williams – Defensive Tackle
Kyle Williams was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2006 NFL Draft in the fifth round with the 134th overall pick. He wasn’t expected to go very high in the draft, considering his lack of size and athleticism, but would be named the Bills’ starter during his rookie season.
It would only take Williams three years in this league to make his name on the Pro Bowl list as an alternate. He would find his way on the list again the following season, this time on the actual roster.
Signing a six-year deal with the Bills in 2011, he would continue to be the reliable and hard-working defensive tackle that this team drafted. Later that season, however, he would find himself on the IR after Week 9 due to a foot injury.
Last season, he was also forced to miss time when he left the team’s Week 6 matchup with the Bengals. He would have meniscus surgery soon after and would be announced as out for the rest of the season.
Other than the two seasons that Williams was injured — which caused him to miss a total of 21 games — he would only miss three games the other 8 years combined. His highest stat totals in a single season are 77 tackles, 10.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, one INT and 11 stuffs for 29 yards.
This season, he is on pace for around 67 tackles, 6 sacks and 10 stuffs. That’s close to all of his career bests, meaning this ageless wonder is having another bright season for this Bills’ defense. The thing I like most about Kyle Williams is that he has continued to play well despite the constant change of coaches.
Just look at what he did last week vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars — recording a whopping 9 tackles after not tallying more than 5 tackles in a single game this season.
Plus, if you ever listen to any of his interviews, he’ll be the first player to testify his love for Buffalo and their #BillsMafia. He’s extremely humble and is a true testament of hard work paying off. He is most definitely deserving of this year’s Defensive MVP award so far this season.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps that title by the end of the season.