Jairus Byrd was the first safety selected to our All-Decade team of the 2010’s, with 42% of the overall vote. This team needs another safety, so the runners-up are here for another round. We did omit Corey Graham, who didn’t earn enough votes to land in round two of the poll. From the remaining choices, who will you pick to join Byrd?
It was always an uphill battle for recognition and a full-time role, but Wilson was a fine playmaker in his own right. An undrafted receiver out of Arkansas, Wilson joined the Buffalo Bills in 2005 and converted to safety for better career odds. It paid off with a nine-year NFL career, including the 2010 to 2012 seasons in Buffalo. As the full-time starter in 2011 and 2012, Wilson had back-to-back 100-tackle seasons. He also had two interceptions and a forced fumble as a reserve in 2010.
In 2013, Wilson signed with the Tennessee Titans (The Bills were looking at a platoon of Aaron Williams and Da’Norris Searcy across from Byrd). He played two more seasons before retiring.
Overall stats: 31 games started, 245 combined tackles, two TFLs, three forced fumbles, 15 passes defended, six interceptions.
Williams wasn’t always a safety. Originally drafted as a cornerback out of Texas, his tendency to get burned deep was a huge problem in his early career. The Bills converted Williams to safety in 2013, and he became a quality starter for the course of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Three games into 2015, Williams suffered a terrifying neck injury while tackling Julian Edelman, leaving him motionless on the field. He returned the next season, but a vicious blindside block by Jarvis Landry aggravated the neck injury, ending his 2016 after seven games.
Williams attempted to make another comeback in 2017, but suffered a concussion in training camp, and didn’t make the team out of medical caution. Though his career was tragically shortened, his two years of solid safety play earn him recognition here.
Overall stats: 52 games started, 257 combined tackles, five TFLs, three forced fumbles, 36 passes defended, seven interceptions.
Hyde was one of the most important players signed by the Bills in head coach Sean McDermott’s first season, secured with a five-year, $30 million contract. He converted from cornerback to safety when he joined the Bills, and immediately blossomed in that role.
With 82 tackles and five interceptions, he was selected to the Pro Bowl in Buffalo’s drought-breaking 2017 season. The next two seasons didn’t notch quite as many highlight plays, but Hyde has nonetheless been one of the best players on one of the league’s best defenses ever since he joined.
Overall stats: 47 games started, 212 combined tackles, four TFLs, two forced fumbles, 20 passes defended, eight interceptions.
Poyer was the less-heralded member of the new Bills safety duo, but he has been just as effective as Hyde in each of his three seasons. The Bills use him all over the field - he’s equally likely to play in the box and cut runners down from behind, or to drop back in Cover 2 and break up a pass in the end zone, or to flare out to the flats in a disguised coverage. Wherever he does go, he generates big plays. The Bills haven’t had a player who racked up TFLs, interceptions, and forced fumbles... well, since Jairus Byrd, at any rate.
After the 2019 season, the Bills signed Poyer to an extension that could keep him under contract through 2022.
Overall stats: 47 games started, 302 combined tackles, 17 TFLs, four forced fumbles, five sacks, 22 passes defended, 11 interceptions.
From those remaining players, which one deserves a spot on the All-Decade roster? Place your vote!
Buffalo Bills 2010s All-Decade team: Safety 2
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