Last season, the Buffalo Bills defensive line wreaked havoc on opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks. Now, that same Bills defensive line is dominating the list of the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2015.
All four current Bills defensive linemen made the list, and the Bills became the first franchise ever to have all four of their defensive linemen to make the list in the same year. Kyle Williams was the first one to see his name on the list when he came in at number 72. He was followed by Jerry Hughes at number 63. Marcell Dareus was number 53, and Mario Williams had the best ranking of any Bills defensive linemen at 42.
Mario Williams set a career high in sacks last year with 14.5 which also led the team. Dareus was second on the team with an even 10 sacks. Hughes accumulated 9.5, which played a huge role in him resigning with the Bills this off-season. Kyle Williams had 5.5 sacks. Their combined play was an integral role in the Bills leading all of the National Football League in sacks.
As the 2015 season approaches, it will be interesting to see if the Bills defense, and specifically their defensive line, can live up to high expectations. Those expectations don’t just come from these rankings, but several analysts, including Chris Simms who is a former NFL quarterback, think the Bills will have the top total defense in the NFL in 2015.
The defense is going to be the backbone of the Bills this upcoming season. With Rex Ryan now at the helm, and with all of this top level talent, the defense is going to need to “lead the charge.” Yes, the Bills have some new weapons on offense including LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and Percy Harvin. But, the continued success of the Bills defense is paramount when it comes to the Bills breaking their playoff drought.
Will the Bills defense live up to the high expectations? Will their defensive line continue to impose their will on opposing teams? Well, the wait is getting shorter Bills fans, so we all won’t have to wait that much longer to find out. Go Bills!
Cody Crandall is an intern at the Jamestown Gazette. To read more of his insights, commentaries, and news about the world of sports and the Jamestown Jammers, visit www.jamestowngazette.com. The Jamestown Gazette is proud to present our county’s most creative and original writers for your enjoyment and enlightenment.