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PFF: Three Bills Among NFL's Most Dependable Tacklers

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Overall, the Buffalo Bills have been bad defensively for the past two seasons. Despite that fact, three Bills defenders are receiving high praise for their tackling ability from Pro Football Focus in their three-year study of defenders and missed tackles. Keep in mind that it's a lot more difficult to make a tackle in the defensive backfield than it is in the tackle box.

Paul Posluszny's presence on the list shouldn't surprise anyone. He's been the leader of the defense and a tackling machine in the last three seasons, racking up 277 tackles in 42 games. In those contests, he's only missed 14 tackles for an attempts-to-miss ratio of 24.64, good for fifth-best among NFL linebackers.

Dwan Edwards spent two of these three seasons on the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line, but placed seventh among defensive linemen with 48 tackles per miss. He has only missed two tackles in three years, according to the folks at PFF.

Jairus Byrd's name might surprise you, as the knock against him has been his ability to stop the run. While this study doesn't take into account if Byrd was in the right place or not, if he sets his sights on the ball carrier, the tackle is usually made. Byrd's 90 tackles with seven misses gives him a ratio of 17 tackles for every miss, ranking him 11th among defensive backs.

Several former Bills also made the list. On the defensive line, Justin Bannan was 14th-best, with Pat Williams right behind him at 15. Takeo Spikes graded out as the top linebacker by far in his career renaissance with San Fransisco. The dependable Antoine Winfield finished seventh among defensive backs, as well.