1. Tyrel Dodson - 90.3
With a defense loaded with talent at the safety positions, corner, and defensive line, it might surprise you to see Tyrel Dodson sitting here with the highest grade of all Bills defensive players. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that he's the highest-graded linebacker in the NFL this season. His play has improved each week too and has helped solidify the position, since losing Matt Milano. I get it, this is one of those situations when fans look at PFF and question the validity. Regardless, he's been playing well, and the Bills are in a good place going forward with their linebacking corps.
2. Rasul Douglas - 88.2
The mid-season deal that brought Rasul Douglas over, could be one of the best moves in Brandon Beane's career as GM of the Buffalo Bills. Even with the loss of Tre'Davious White, Douglas is actually an upgrade at CB1. I love White but he wasn't quite back to his old self since returning from the 2021 ACL, though he was on his way. Douglas provides a ton of leadership and talent to this defense, particularly the Bills secondary. Douglas' 88.2 ranks him third in the league.
3. Gregory Rousseau - 82.2
Gregory Rousseau has been seemingly quiet lately but he's still making plays on the field. The sacks will start to come but it's been his run defense that has separated him from many other edge-rushers. He's ranked third on the team in this area with players over 300 snaps, only Jordan Poyer and Tyrel Dodson have better run-defense grades. He's produced four sacks and 31 total pressures this season and this is the highest overall grade of his young career.
4. A.J. Epenesa - 82.0
A.J. Epenesa is having a fantastic season and making plays nearly every week. This has been the best season of his career by far. Prior to this season, Epenesa's best, per PFF was 2021, when he graded at 65.2. What makes this season even more surprising is he received the lowest grade of his career last season, when PFF gave him a 57.1 grade. Many fans were out on Epenesa, myself included but he's been a force for the Bills this year. What is probably the most surprising though is Epenesa's coverage grade of 89.6.
5. Jordan Poyer - 72.8
Jordan Poyer making this list should shock no one. Poyer returning to the Bills this year might be the best move of the offseason, outside of signing Leonard Floyd. Poyer continues to be a leader on and off the field for the Bills. He ranks 17th among qualifying safeties and is second on the team in run defense with a grade of 80.1. He hasn't recorded any interceptions this season, but I guarantee that will change soon enough. Perhaps this weekend, he'll get his first.