If one Bills player has a playing style that could be described as multi-personality disorder, it's number 20. Fans can dial up images of Donte initiating opponent contact with the back of his shoulder pads. It's hard to describe. He actually make tackles with his back. But Bills fans know what I'm talking about. It's just a weird part of his game. To his credit, almost 100% of those strange hits end in a down. That sort of stuff doesn't fly in high school or college, but you actually see many techniques in the pro leagues that wouldn't be acceptable in high school.
It's actually like art, maybe. Efficient? Possibly. It's unique for sure, as I've never seen it before used consistently. He has another unique ability. And it's not twitter.
The dude can hit. Donte Whitner, I argue, changed Peyton Hillis' perspective on the 2010 season. In the third quarter of what was to be expected to be a snooze fest, Donte sent a smack on Peyton that I imagine he still feels. That's no small feat. The Browns were starting to turn back to their run game to seal the tight knit victory over a Bills run D that let the Browns make them look absolutely silly. Then Hillis takes a typical inside run, skirts a few lost front seven and BAM! A Donte Whitner freight train to the facemask. The game was over after that.
And that was the last time you heard about Peyton in any of your fantasy leagues.
I don't know why that"s not the image we always think about with him. Even though I'd say he's the best hitter on the team, I can't help but think of the twirly back tackles.
I have been firmly in the "Donte can go" camp. But if somehow he stays, I'd definitely be content knowing he's not going to be playing Fred Jackson next season.