On the whole, the Bills defensive backfield was the strongest position group in 2017 and that’s not likely to change this season.
Not only was the group the strongest on the team, the secondary was one of the NFL’s best, period!
Safety’s Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer along with cornerback Tre’Davious White are all back. Last season the Bills allowed just 14 touchdown passes. That was the second fewest in the NFL.
The addition of free agent Vontae Davis is another big reason this group has and even bigger upside in 2018.
The former Pro Bowl player takes over for EJ Gaines and will start on ther opposite side of Tre’ White. If Vontae returns to his pro bowl form, the Bills secondary could be the best in the NFL.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said, “yeah you do see a nice bond developing between Tre’Davious, to your point, and Vontae; you watch them on the sideline on a knee, talking through the defense, getting a good feel with Micah [Hyde] and Jordan [Poyer] out there as well and then our nicklebacks. You’re starting to see the signs of that moving forward.”
As a group, the starting 4 DB’s are as good as any in the league, the only question querstion heading into camp is who will win the nickel cornerback spot?
That battle will likely come down to the veteran, Phillip Gaines or rookie fourth round draft pick Taron Johnson.