A distasteful ending to the 2016-17 season wasn’t much different than what we as fans of the Buffalo Bills have become used to. For the most part, with the looming coaching change and front office improvements coming as well, the Buffalo Bills seemed to be in a full rebuild mode with many more changes to come.
However instead of throwing everything out the door, the Bills are hopeful to be a very competitive team going into the 2017-18 season. This played a huge part to the re-signing of our leaders, Tyrod Taylor and Lorenzen Alexander, a 2016 Pro Bowl player.
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With the upswing in improving through experience and keeping our tenured quarterback, the Bills were able to trade back in the draft, and bring in the cornerback out of LSU Tre’Davious White. Making him our first impactful addition for this season.
Tre’Davious White — Cornerback
When we seen our top corner leave for Foxboro and join the Patriots, it left a taste of disgust in many of our mouths, however changes needed to be made. Landing Tre’Davious White, 5’11” 192 lbs, in the first round provided talent and immeasurable athleticism needed in a very weak secondary.
His most important feature is his leadership, which will be unmatched as he has already proved during his time as the on and off the field leader at LSU. After starting over 11 games in each of his three seasons, White has the field experience to provide this secondary with a weapon that will be much needed going into this season.
He was a consensus All-American and first team All-SEC in 2016 before forgoing his final year of eligibility and becoming one the key additions to this Buffalo Bills team.
Micah Hyde — Safety
Arguably one of the weakest spots on the Buffalo Bills roster last season was the safety position. After losing the often burnt Aaron Williams to injury and cycling through young guys, the Bills made the needed investment and signed safety Micah Hyde formerly of the Green Bay Packers to a five-year $30-million contract. Not bad for a safety drafted in the fifth round with over thirty-three starts in his four year career.
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Hyde developed into one of the best secondary members for the Packers, providing ballhawk skills, as well as the ability to lay some lumber all over the field. He is a sure tackler, and can come up with the big plays when needed. His size and speed are ideal to provide over the top coverage, and the ability to man most defenders he will have to cover.
His experience will provide something this team does lack as he comes from a playoff caliber team. Look for Micah Hyde to have of his best seasons as a leader of the Bills secondary.
Gerald Hodges — Linebacker
When you think of a key addition to any team, Gerald Hodges seems to be a farfetched option. Not so much for his play but more or less for the lack of on the field experience in his young career.
Hodges was a second team All-American linebacker out of Penn St, drafted in the fourth round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2013. After being traded to the 49ers last season, Hodges had his best season yet recording 83 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions while also starting 12 of 15 games he played.
Very impressive for his first year getting a chance to start as he proved to be more than just a special team contributor. At 6’2, 236 pounds, Gerald Hodges is at the prime age of only 26, and has shown potential to be a every down player, who excels in the run defense playing outside linebacker with the ability to bring a pass rush presence.
With much competition, look for him to bring his best and be a player of contribution that this team needs, as they look to be a playoff contender in 2017.