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Jordan Poyer honored by Pro Football Focus

For the second straight week, safety named to Team of the Week

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Jordan Poyer was brought in to solidify a Buffalo Bills secondary that was looking to replace both of its starters — Corey Graham and Aaron Williams — from 2016. Through the first two weeks of the 2017 season, it is becoming readily apparent that signing Poyer, who inked a four-year, $13 million dollar deal with Buffalo, was a smart move, as the safety is providing immediate value for the Bills.

For the second straight week, Poyer’s strong play earned him a spot on Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week.

During Sunday’s 9-3 setback against the Carolina Panthers, Poyer recorded a team-high 11 total tackes (seven solo stops) to go with one sack and three passes defensed. For the second consecutive game, Poyer successfully blitzed from the safety position, bringing down Cam Newton for a seven-yard loss.

Pro Football Focus gave Poyer a grade of 87.5 grade, the second-highest grade assigned to a safety in Week 2, trailing Karl Joseph (Oakland Raider), who graded out at a 90.5.

Here’s what Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson wrote about Poyer's Week 2 play:

PFF Grade: 87.5

Elite Stat: Poyer had a perfect tackling efficiency score, missing no tackles on eight total attempts.

One of the early surprises of the 2017 season, Joran Poyer makes the team of the week for the second game running. Poyer broke up two passes in the game despite only being the primary coverage defender for one, and notched a sack on just two pass rushing plays on the blitz.

Poyer led the team with three pass breakups, and he saved his best play for the biggest moments of the game: once the Panthers had driven into the red zone and were threatening to score. On the opening drive of the game, the Panthers drove to the Buffalo 16-yard line and had a second-and-6 situation. Newton lofted a perfect pass to Kelvin Benjamin, but Poyer made an excellent read on the pass, delivering a bone-crunching hit that knocked the ball free and kept Carolina off the scoreboard.

Leading 3-0 later in the second quarter, Newton once again had the Panthers poised to find the end zone, and once again, Poyer delivered. On a third-and-goal from the 10, Newton targeted an open Russell Shepard, but Poyer left his feet and batted away the ball to deny a sure-fire touchdown pass.

Poyer is the first Bills defensive back to record sacks in back-to-back weeks since Nickell Robey during the 2013 campaign.

Poyer leads all defensive backs in sacks by one full sack, and he’s one of two players (along with T.J. Watt of the Steelers and Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs) who have at least two sacks and one interception on the year.

When it comes to pass breakups, Poyer ranks second in the league with six.