Buffalo Bills: Biggest Strength, Weakness Entering the 2010 NFL Season
Today, the subject is the Buffalo Bills.
What's the team's biggest strength, and what's the greatest weakness?
Biggest Strength: Defensive Back
Finally, positions where the Bills excel in.
Jairus Byrd was phenomenal as a rookie, swooping down nine passes. Byrd almost won the defensive ROY. Byrd could be a receiver, he's THAT good at catching the ball.
Byrd struggles some stopping the run. When running backs get into the second level, he's too tentative tackling which allows for big plays.
Even being a small cornerback, Terrence McGee really excels in coverage. His instincts are top notch, while he moves around the field fluidly.
Other cornerback Leodis McKelvin, is a mirror image of his starting counterpart. However, McKelvin is coming off an injury plagued season where he broke a bone in his leg. If he's healthy, he's good for five to six interceptions.
Drayton Florence is a good backup corner, who actually can excel in nickel coverage.
Probably the weakest spot of the secondary, is back up Bryan Scott. He lacks quickness and agility, but does make plays in the box well.
Donte Whitner is listed as a backup in the depth chart, but he's far from a backup. Whitner should be starting opposite Byrd. Whitner is far from a playmaker. In four years he has only four interceptions and two forced fumbles. The short but sturdy safety needs to step his game up.
Other Strengths: ILB, RB
Biggest Weakness: Quarterback
Boy was there a lot of weaknesses to choose from. Since Quarterback is the most compelling weakness I decided to go with that position.
Trent Edwards, former quarterback of the future, is slated as the favorite to win the job by default. I feel bad for Edwards. Playing quarterback for the league's worst offensive line, and throwing to ineptitude at Wide Receiver.
Edwards had two good starts to start off his 2009 campaign. Then things got progressively worse. He posted 56, 51, and 52 quarterback ratings before sustaing a concussion. After returning, he then got benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Chance of winning the job: 50-percent
Fitzpatrick always finds a way to latch on to a team, and becomes their temporary quarterback. He did with St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Buffalo currently. Fitzpatrick has a good arm, but his accuracy is abysmal at times. Chance of winning the job: 30-percent
The former second round pick didn't inspire much confidence in a Week 16 rout from the hands of the Falcons. Chance of winning the job: 20-percent
Levi Brown has good build for a quarterback, but lacks arm strength to ever be considered the starter. With the offensive line issues, there's a solid chance he may get a start or two, similarly to Keith Null of the St. Louis Rams. Chance of winning the job: 0-percent
Other weaknesses: OT, OG, WR, OLB, NT, DE
This is the fourth of a 32 part series where I examine the biggest strength and weakness of every NFL team heading into training camp. To view previous editions of the series:
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