Buffalo Bills Getting Big Production From Safety Group

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Jairus Byrd #31 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates recovering a fumble in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-24. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

When the Buffalo Bills allowed former Top 10 draft pick Donte Whitner to depart via free agency, some Bills fans - not many, but some - expressed concern that the team would regress at the safety position. After watching George Wilson, Jairus Byrd and Bryan Scott through five games, however, those concerns should be completely eradicated.

Wilson replaced Whitner in the starting lineup, and the returns have been immediate. He's currently tied for first in the NFL with three interceptions this season, and is also fifth in the NFL with a team-leading 47 tackles. Scott, technically a reserve but a fixture in the team's oft-used nickel and dime packages, has recorded 29 tackles, one sack and two interceptions - one of which he returned for a touchdown.

The best player of the group may be Byrd, the third-year pro that drew some ire from Bills fans for a "down" year in 2010 despite continuing a very high level of production. Byrd has recorded 42 tackles this season playing center field for the Bills - a figure that ties him with teammate Nick Barnett for ninth in the league - while forcing and recovering a fumble, as well.

This group of players is not overly talented, but they're helping to key the team's impressive efforts in forcing turnovers.

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