3. New Faces in the Buffalo Bills’ Secondary
One important thing to note in the photo above is the captain’s badge Micah Hyde sported in the Packers’ Divisional playoff game. Playoff game. You heard that right. Micah Hyde is my favorite addition to the Buffalo Bills this offseason. He will be contributing at the safety position. An area that hasn’t been solid since Jairus Byrd sported the Bill’s insignia on the side of his helmet.
Along with Micah Hyde, recent acquisition Jordan Poyer will be playing in the Buffalo secondary this season. Pro Football Focus gave Poyer a 49.4 grade last season, and his career average grades round out at 49.4 as well. The Bills must see something in him defensively, or they would not have signed him. It will be interesting to see how he fares in training camp.
First round draft pick, Tre’Davious White will start at cornerback opposite Ronald Darby. Tre’Davious White is an intriguing prospect because of how well he knows the game. The cornerback sacrificed the opportunity to be a top draft selection in the 2016 draft to go back to school and further his education.
The loss of Stephon Gilmore puts more pressure on White to perform. Along with the rest of the Bills’ secondary. Ronald Darby steps into the CB1 role.
Here is what Darby had to say about this opportunity:
"“You know, I feel like a veteran in the secondary. We got a lot of new guys and young guys, so I feel like it’s… I have a huge role here. So I do feel like, you know, like a vet now, a vet vet.”"
Hopefully, Darby’s feelings of being an experienced defender translate to the field.