Training Camp Countdown: Jordan Poyer Bills As 8th Most Valuable Bill
Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde? Or Hyde and Poyer? It’s hard to say which name should come first when it comes to the magnificent Buffalo Bills safety tandem.
Think of Steve McQueen and Paul Newman in Imposing Hell.
Regardless of how they rank in value and / or importance, both players have been with coach Sean McDermott every step of the way as pillars of the defense and the growing culture.
Poyer has started every game for the past three years and last season he played a career-high 1,174 snaps taking into account his work on special teams. Along the way, he posted a career-best 124 tackles with 2.0 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
For that, it ranks eighth in our day-to-day presentation of the 30 most valuable bills for 2021.
The Astoria, Oregon Kid has certainly come a long way.
Hyde is the only one to have had a Pro Bowl, but last month he wondered aloud why Poyer continued to be snubbed.
“To this day, I still don’t feel like he’s getting the recognition he deserves,” Hyde told Ashley Holder of Channel 2 WGRZ. “I’m his # 1 fan. He’s my boy. You know, seeing him come out and play like he’s played since we’ve been here, it’s been remarkable.
“I don’t know how many teams in the league have a pair of safeties that have been together for over three years, and that’s why you can go out with all the rankings, the best safety duos, all that. end of the day, if I’m a coach or a general manager, I want to see the consistency between me and Po who is there. “
Poyer is clearly an established team leader, but his reputation is clearly threatened by his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, which could contribute to the bills failing to meet the 85% threshold required for be able to operate without restrictions imposed by the NFL.
Teams that do not reach 85% will be at a disadvantage compared to the competition. For a team that can get a taste of the Super Bowl after reaching the AFC Championship game last season, that could mean the difference between another step forward or maybe a few steps back.
Either way, Poyer couldn’t be happier with the culture in Buffalo these days and totally buys everything McDermott sells (except the vaccine).
“We have the right people, we have the right parts,” he said during an appearance on NFL Network. “Every season is different. Sean really always talks about what happened last season doesn’t matter. We always have to come in to work, earn our stripes. That’s exactly what guys do.”
Poyer makes this process smoother, without a doubt.