Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams has been earning consistent praise throughout the 2010 season, despite Buffalo's defensive struggles and the team's 0-8 record. After two consecutive dominating performances in losses to Kansas City and Chicago - performances in which the Bills' defense was markedly better - the praise Williams is earning is reaching a fever pitch.
Williams' biggest ringleader continues to be the folks at ProFootballFocus.com, who elevated their praise of Williams to previously-unreached levels in their breakdown of the Chicago game. (Williams has also made the site's weekly All-PFF teams in consecutive weeks.)
"Kyle Williams was blooming awesome," writes Khaled Elsayed. "So awesome he deserves to enter into the chatter for Defensive Player of the Year. That’s how good he has been, and this was another display of dominance."
ESPN's John Clayton, who does a weekly segment on WGR 550 in Buffalo, also had nice things to say about Williams during yesterday's appearance.
"I was doing my mid-season All Pros, and I was calling around, and there were a bunch of people - rightfully so - saying 'you've got to give some consideration to Kyle Williams,'" Clayton told Schopp and the Bulldog. "Particularly in the last couple of weeks, he's been great. He's really coming into his own."
Through eight games, Williams has 42 tackles and three sacks, well on pace to shatter the career marks he set in 2009, when he was a Pro Bowl alternate. You can cast your 2011 Pro Bowl vote for Williams here.