Buffalo Bills: Early Predictions for Pro Bowl Players on 2012 Roster
The Bills showed a lot of potential last season. If they stay healthy, it's possible they can contend for a playoff spot.
With some stars on the roster and some new acquisitions, the Bills are in prime position to have a great season.
Expectations are high in Buffalo, and a with few Pro Bowl-caliber players on the roster, they could easily meet them.
Which players are Pro Bowl bound? We'll tell you.
Mario Williams was the big free-agent signing and he should not disappoint.
Although coming off injury, Williams is going back to defensive end, where he is more comfortable.
In 2007, Williams had 14 sacks. Playing alongside Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mark Anderson, "Super" Mario should be able to challenge that number.
Williams is an elite talent who surprised the football world by signing with Buffalo. Now that he's healthy and playing alongside a talented defensive line, there is no reason that Williams won't make the Pro Bowl.
Stevie Johnson just signed a five-year extension and will repay the Bills by making the Pro Bowl.
Last year, Johnson had 76 receptions for 1,004 yards and seven touchdowns. He should improve on that this year.
Johnson is a dependable, prototypical possession receiver who fits perfectly in Chan Gailey's offense.
With his job security intact, and with continued chemistry with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, look for Johnson to have a career year.
Nick Barnett flew under the radar last season. No longer.
The linebacker had 130 tackles and three interceptions last season.
He has great range and can stay with running backs.
Look for Barnett to repeat his production this year. If he does, he will finally get the national recognition he deserves.
Fred Jackson was having a terrific season before breaking his leg.
In 10 games, Jackson amassed 934 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry.
Assuming he stays healthy, Jackson has a chance to rush for 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's great at evading defenders, and with C.J. Spiller poised for more carries, Jackson should be rested for the stretch run.
Jackson's breakout season was hurt by his broken leg. If he's healthy, he can finish what he started and truly become one of the NFL's elite backs.
With no offseason, Marcell Dareus put up great numbers in his rookie year.
He had 43 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
Now that Mario Williams is on board, Dareus won't face as many double-teams. The defensive line is stacked, and Dareus will be a huge beneficiary.
Look for Dareus to have a breakout season. With a full offseason and a much-improved defensive line, the sky is the limit for Dareus.