Sal's 2019 Bills Awards

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By WGR 550 SportsRadio

Now that the Buffalo Bills' regular season is complete, let’s take a look back and hand out some awards:

 

  • Offensive MVP - John Brown

It’s tough to go against a quarterback who accounted for 29 total touchdowns, but Josh Allen’s growth was directly tied to the addition of several pieces, but most notably wide receiver John Brown, who turned in the team’s first 1,000-yard receiving season since Sammy Watkins in 2015, and the second of his six-year career, totaling 1,060 yards and six touchdowns on 72 catches. He also threw a touchdown pass to Devin Singletary on Thanksgiving in Dallas against the Cowboys. Brown showed an ability to get open all over the field and beat one on one coverage consistently.

 

  • Defensive MVP - Tre’Davious White

What White did this year was pretty remarkable. Not by Bills standards, but by league standards, limiting quarterbacks to less than 48% completions and 34.9 passer rating when targeting him. He finished tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions. White often shadowed the opponent’s best wide receiver, especially in the second half of the season, shutting down some of the game’s top wideouts, which makes it even more remarkable what he was able to accomplish.

Tre'Davious White officially becomes the only CB in the @PFF era (Since '06) to lead the the NFL in INTs without giving up a TD #Bills #BillsMafia #GoBills #BUFvsHOU #buffalovseverybody @LSUfootball pic.twitter.com/8gDT36KZ5m

— PFF BUF Bills (@PFF_Bills) December 30, 2019

 

  • Special Teams MVPs - Siran Neal and Reid Ferguson

From the very first game to the last, Neal was excellent all season covering punts and kicks, leading the Bills in special teams tackles with eight, while also forcing one fumble and recovering another. I’m making Ferguson the co-winner based on zero bad snaps all season on 140 total punt, field goal, and extra points snaps. Long snappers don’t get noticed until they do something wrong. Ferguson wasn’t noticed.

 

  • Offensive Most Improved Player - Dion Dawkins

Dawkins had a terrific bounce-back season from a year ago. In only his third year, he anchored an offensive line that led the way for the Bills to finish eighth in rushing yards per-game and have the 10th-lowest sack per-pass attempt allowed. After an erratic 2018, Dawkins was steady and reliable all season, even when having to go against some of the league’s best pass rushers.

 

  • Defensive Most Improved Player - Shaq Lawson

Lawson isn’t just the most improved from 2018 to 2019, he’s improved every year since becoming a pro, with a solid career arc so far. Take a look at his numbers through the first four seasons of his career.

Shaq Lawson has had a really nice career arc through four years so far: pic.twitter.com/5olC7YYP1f

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) December 30, 2019

Lawson was a very important piece to the Bills defense both as a pass rusher and run defender. He’s learned how to play both well and had a really solid 2019.

 

  • Offensive Unsung Player - Jon Feliciano

When Feliciano was signed as a free agent from the Oakland Raiders, it was expected he’d compete for a starting job, but most likely looking at a backup role as a swing man. He is definitely an interior swing man, but has been an invaluable starter all season at right guard, while handling center duties at times, as well. He has the exact right “DNA,” as head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane like to call it when they decide on what players to sign or draft. He’s tough and does whatever he can to help his team in any situation.

 
  • Defensive Unsung Player - Jordan Poyer

Once again, Poyer has had an outstanding season that’s flown under the radar. Maybe it’s because he and fellow safety Micah Hyde work set well together that it’s hard to differentiate them when evaluating the safety play, which has been great all season. Maybe it’s because he plays in Buffalo where so many good players don’t get the recognition they deserve. Whatever the reason, Poyer finished the year with over 100 tackles for the second straight season, totaling 104, good for second on the team, and also led the Bills with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries to go along with two interceptions, a sack and a quarterback hurry.

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