About a two and a half months ago MattRichWarren presented us with his Buffalo Bills 2000s All-Decade Team series. And for about a month we voted on a series of poles to determine who was worthy of being on that team. But more often than not we also ended up complaining over
the limited sometimes horrible talent that we had to pick from for any given position. So it was about at the TE position that I thought "hey why don't we also vote on the worst players that played for this team over the last decade?" And so here we are.
Now just like MattRichWarren's series I have a few criteria for players to be eligible for this team. They had to have played in at least a full season's worth of games in this decade to be eligible. Starting is not requirement, but you do have to have played significant amounts of snaps in those games. That means that, for example, the Bills 3rd receiver might make the list, but a 4th or 5th stringer wont be considered. That means that we wont end up voting for 7th rounders that ended up playing 2 snaps. These are going to be real players that played real roles on this team over the last ten years. And just because a player ended up on the All-Decade team does not mean that you can't also be on the worst-decade team.
Alright, one corner back down (Chris Watson) one more to go. To popular demand I took out everyone that hasn't started at least half a season's worth of games. Well except for the early round picks, they stay on due to draft value and failed expectation. That leaves us with this 4 man list.
A forth round draft pick of the Bills in the 1995 draft, Irvin played for the Bills for two season this decade, starting opposite Antoine Winfield in 2000. In this decade Irvin played in 30 games for the Bills, starting in 20 of them. He had 3 INTs (for 1 total yard) and 3 passes defended to go along with 67 total tackles. He lost his starting job to rookie Nate Clements 4 games into the 2001 campaign and was let go by the Bills at the end of that season. He went on to play 3 more seasons in the NFL, 1 for the Saints and two for the Vikings, before retireing at the end of the 2005 season.
The Bills 3rd round draft pick in 2006, Youboty has shone short flashes but has also been the definition of injury prone as he has never played more than 11 games in a season and has landed on IR in all of his 4 NFL seasons. In 4 seasons he has only played in 30 games and started 7 of them. He only has 1 career INT for 19 yards and 7 passes defended to go along with his 56 total tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. He currently remains on the Bills, but him making this year's cut is in no way a guarantee.
The 11th overall pick of the 2008 draft has been both stunning and stunningly disappointing in his short time as a Bill. He's played in 19 games, starting in 9 of them and was the starter last year opposite T Mac before landing on IR 3 games into last season. He has 2 INTs for 64 yards and a TD and 6 passes defended, along with 42 total tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He's currently competing for the starting role opposite McGee, but may be in a losing battle against Drayton Florence who shined while replacing him as a starter last year.
The Bills 4th round draft pick of the 2008 draft, Corner has been a good Dime option for the Bills in his last two years, but has proven to be less than average when called upon to do anything more as evidence of his 8 starts last year. In his two years with the Bills he has played in 28 games, starting 10 of them. He has 1 INT and 13 passes defended along with 85 total tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery in his 2 seasons in the NFL so far. And while being limited in physical gifts, ability and talent, he remains good depth (deep depth) for the Bills and will surely be part of the Bills this season.
There you go, have at it folks!
Which was the Bills second worst CB of the decade?
Ken Irvin (29 votes)
Ashton Youboty (56 votes)
Leodis McKelvin (9 votes)
Reggie Corner (11 votes)
105 total votes