Head coach Sean McDermott’s first positional group that he coached in the NFL was the secondary, serving as Andy Reid’s assistant secondary coach with the 2004 Philadelphia Eagles. While playing at William and Mary, McDermott was an all-conference safety. It makes sense, then, that the first position that he overhauled completely as head coach of the Buffalo Bills was the defensive secondary.
In our latest look at all 90 players on the current Bills’ roster, we profile one of the free agent safeties who made a tremendous impact on Buffalo’s defense in his first year in Orchard Park.
Name: Jordan Poyer
Height/Weight: 6’0” 191 lbs.
College: Oregon State
Draft: Drafted in the seventh round (218th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2013 NFL Draft
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Poyer enters the second year of a four-year, $13 million dollar deal that looks like a tremendous steal for the Bills. Poyer’s cap number for 2018 will be $3.875 million.
2017 Recap: Poyer had a career year in his first season with Buffalo. He made 15 starts, setting career highs in tackles (95), interceptions (5), pass breakups (13), and sacks (2). He also scored his first career touchdown on an interception of Tom Brady against the New England Patriots. Overall, he was one of the best safeties in the NFL last season by any measure.
Positional outlook: Poyer will start alongside Micah Hyde once again this season. If he can stay healthy and he continues to play at the level he has, this is certain. The rest of the depth chart is made up of special teams players (Rafael Bush and Dean Marlowe), veteran substitutes (L.J. McCray and Kelcie McCray), and a rookie (Siran Neal).
2018 Offseason: Poyer has participated in both voluntary workouts and the team’s mandatory minicamp, playing his familiar spot in the defense. Little has been said about him that we don’t already know.
2018 season outlook: Poyer is a perfect fit for this defensive system, and it showed last year when he played so well with Buffalo in his first year on the squad. If he continues to build on last year’s success, we could be looking at one of the better players at the position in the team’s recent history. His versatility helps McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to put the best players on the field regardless of position, making Poyer an irreplaceable member of the defensive unit.