Back in late September, when the Buffalo Bills were getting ready to meet the New England Patriots in Week 3 action, word leaked that the Bills had signed end-turned-linebacker Chris Kelsay to a four-year contract extension worth roughly $20 million (with another $4 million in incentives).
You don't need me to tell you how much of a whipping boy Kelsay has been in recent seasons, nor how widely panned the contract extension was. Of late, however, Kelsay - along with many fellow defenders - has seen a noticeable improvement in his play.
The 31-year-old Kelsay has seen a noticeable drop in his stat lines since the Bills began using a mixture of 3-4 and 4-3 looks. Kelsay picked up 30 tackles in Buffalo's first five games, but has just 14 in the five since. He has, however, recorded 1.5 sacks in that same time frame, and more to the point of this post, he's playing much better assignment football and making plays in the backfield.
On Sunday in Cincinnati, Kelsay turned in his best performance of the season, recording a sack (albeit in garbage time) and routinely beating Bengals right tackle Dennis Roland with ease. He blew up run plays in the backfield, dominated at the point of attack (particularly in the second half), and is looking more explosive than he has at any point in his career. Two games do not a career make, but there's no arguing that Kelsay has been very good of late.