The Buffalo Bills had only one of their players named to ESPN’s prediction of the Top 100 Players for 2017. You read that correct, only one.
ESPN recently asked 53 football experts to rank the players 1-100 based on how the experts think the 100 players will perform this upcoming season. The Buffalo Bills had only one single player ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 Players. That lone soul representing the Bills is none other than running back LeSean McCoy.
McCoy was ranked 52nd. Ahead of the NFL’s leading rusher since he entered the league in 2009 were some head scratchers. Not that these players don’t deserve to be on the list, but some of them were surprisingly ranked higher than McCoy. Scrappy players like New Yorks, Leonard Williams (51), Seattle’s Michael Bennett (50) and also some high praise young guns. Patriot’s Brandin Cooks (45) and Oakland’s Amari Cooper (42).
Yes, those guys are young, but I don’t believe they’re better than one of the greatest running backs to ever step foot on the gridiron.
McCoy told ESPN in June that his shifty style of running will keep him playing for a long time because he’s avoided taking big hits.
“I’m not done at all, I feel young still. I’ve been one of the best backs in the league since I got in the league. That hasn’t changed.” – Mike Rodak
McCoy should’ve been ranked higher. He’s been the leagues leading rusher since 2009 and has the fourth most rushing attempts of any active player. But there also should’ve been more Bills on the list too.
Notable snubs on ESPN’s list. Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, Eric Wood and Richie Incognito. All players are some of the best in the league at their respected positions. If the Bills offensive line has a good year like last year, expect Incognito and Wood to crack the list next year.
Kyle Williams is one of the leagues most dominant defensive tackles, Marcell is too. When his head is on straight. All four players should have been named to the list.
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Which Buffalo Bills do you think should’ve been on the list? Comment down below.