Defensive MVP – Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde
The safety play on the Buffalo Bills in 2017 was a game-changer throughout the majority of the season. Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde were the heartbeat of the secondary and the Bills’ defensive unity. Between the two of them, Poyer and Hyde pulled down 10 interceptions this past season (they each had five). The rest of the Bills’ defense has eight interceptions combined.
Poyer also accounted for the only defensive TD (via an INT) of the season when he returned one of his five interceptions for a pick-six.
Interceptions aside, Poyer and Hyde were also tackling machines in 2017. Hyde was second on the team in solo tackles (65) and Poyer was third (63). Hyde finished the season with 72 total tackles and Poyer finished the season with 95 total tackles. The only player with more tackles was Preston Brown (84 solo and 144 total). Brown also happened to lead the NFL in total tackles, which put him into the conversation for 2017 Defensive MVP.
Hyde’s performance this season didn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the league either. In the latter part of the season Hyde was named to the Pro Bowl team. One more stat that should be mentioned is the fact that the two of them combined to play in 31/32 possible games. Injuries are a huge part of the NFL and the fact that both managed to stay healthy this season was a big key to their success and Buffalo’s success.