Three Overrated / Underrated Buffalo Bills and Their Roles Week One Vs. Miami
All the Buffalo Bills previews are out there, people.
Anyway, in his article I outline the three underrated and three overrated Buffalo Bills and how they'll affect the game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins...
3. Overrated: Terrence McGee
Finding a Buffalo Bills player who many overrate is not exactly the easiest thing to do, so I'll reach here with Terrence McGee.
A consummate professional, McGee's one of my favorite Bills, but has been known to give up big games to opposing team's number ones.
He's especially had a difficult time with the Miami Dolphins in recent memory, and he'll most likely face the match-up nightmare Brandon Marshall throughout.
I always have admired his athleticism, and he's usually in the right position to make plays, but once in a while the often dinged-up McGee will get burned and will leave you shaking your head.
The Pro-Bowler is constantly hustling, but sometimes that isn't good enough.
If McGee plays in the hip pocket of Marshall and limits (no way of stopping him) the newcomer to a modest game, he'll put the Bills in line for victory.
If Marshall has a 10+ catch, 100+ yard performance, Buffalo's in trouble.
3. Underrated: Roscoe Parrish
From what we saw in the preseason, Chan Gailey seems to understand what the incompetent Dick Jauron couldn't - Roscoe Parrish is an offensive play-maker.
Even with his strong exhibition, Parrish is still a relative unknown and his three catch, 34 yard stat-line from last year certainly isn't giving any defensive coordinators reason to worry.
But with the up-tempo, bubble-screen-heavy offense we are all expecting from Gailey, Parrish could be in for not only a big game against the Dolphins but a breakout 2010 season.
For the first time, we could see Parrish contribute on the offensive side of the ball, not just special teams.
If he's consistently given the ball in space, Parrish could be the X-factor in a Bills upset win.
2. Overrated: Steve Johnson
Again, the Bills don't have a true star, yet, that the national media can get overly hyped about.
But in Western New York, Steve Johnson could be that guy.
There apparently was a "battle" for the second wide receiver opening during the training camp months, but Steve Johnson was slated in that spot all summer, and without much production thus far in his career (12 catches, 112 yards, two TDs) most of the Bills faithful believe he's ready to emerge as the Bills dependable chain-mover.
I like Johnson's potential as much as the next guy, but until I see him stay on the field and produce, I'm willing to reserve judgement on the 2008 seventh-round pick out of Kentucky.
For years, we've been calling to get Lee Evans help and if Johnson can exploit the holes left open by the probable double teams Evans will face against the Dolphins, the Bills offense may be on to something.
If he disappears, Evans and the rest of the offense will have a more difficult time moving the ball aerially.
2. Underrated: George Wilson
George Wilson gained more notoriety last season when he intercepted four passes, had two sacks and racked up 136 total tackles.
However, the wide receiver-turned-safety's biggest impact will be felt as the team's vocal leader and one of the defensive captains.
He won't start, but with Jairus Byrd still a bit slowed from his surgery, Wilson will play a prominent role against Miami's receiving corp and their running tandem of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.
It's great to see a former offensive player like Wilson fly to the ball on run downs, and direct traffic in the secondary in passing situations.
Wilson is not a ball-hawk like Byrd is, but with his attention to detail, he routinely is in the correct position to make a play.
It'll be interesting the see if the Bills group of safeties can confuse Chad Henne in this new, challenging 3-4 scheme.
1. Overrated: Paul Posluszny
The pick here will upset some - it was a tough choice for myself.
The fact of the matter is, Posluszny is a solid inside linebacker that lacks a little in all areas of a linebacker's skill set.
He's not the most sound tackler, occasionally has problems shedding blockers, and hasn't shown top-end speed to keep up with running backs and the elite tight ends.
I do like Posluszny, but he's one player on the Bills defense that does get his fair share of publicity that may not all be deserved.
He did tally 134 tackles last year along with three interceptions, but injured his forearm for the second straight year.
If Poz' can stay on the field and shows improvement in coverage against Miami, he'll help a battered line-backing unit that needs to make plays on Sunday in order for the Bills to stay in the game.
I'm on the fence with Posluszny, one day I envision him arriving as a top-tier linebacker in the AFC, the next day I see him fading into Bills mediocrity.
1. Underrated: Kyle Williams
The more this guy doesn't get credit, the more I like him.
He wasn't fast enough to play inside in the 4-3. Now he's not big enough at 6'1'', 304 to play nose in the 3-4.
We've heard it all.
Disproving the nay-sayers time and time again, Kyle Williams produces on the field from whatever position he's placed.
Williams' motor has to be among the AFC's best, as his tenacity and will make up for anything he lacks physically.
Because Miami released center Jake Grove and will start Joe Berger at the pivot, I imagine Kyle Williams will be licking his chops when Miami has the ball.
If Marcus Stroud and Williams can cause constant pressure in Miami's backfield, the Bills have a realistic shot at a win on Sunday.