Bills Midway Awards: Best Backup

The Buffalo Bills are fielding their deepest roster in over a decade. They have plenty of backups who are contributing in various ways. Buffalo's best backup through eight weeks has been Jarius Wynn. He hasn't started in any games this season, but Wynn is currently fourth in quarterback hurries. He's played very well backing up Mario Williams.

In the NFL, you need depth to win. The Buffalo Bills know this and are fielding one of their deepest rosters in the last decade. Backups are called upon throughout the season to spell their stars and their best backups can play without much of a drop-off.

When looking for the best candidate, it was important to find someone who hasn’t started a game for the Bills but has also provided impact plays. No backup has been more impactful for the Bills in 2014 than Jarius Wynn.

Buffalo is Wynn’s fifth team in six years. The journeyman has played in 66 career games and only started six games. He signed a one year/$795k contract with the Bills in the hopes of making the roster as a backup defensive end. Wynn obviously accomplished this task and has taken the role of rotating in behind Mario Williams. He’s been impressive in this role midway through the 2014 season.

In eight games, Wynn has played 243 snaps. He is coming off of a Week 8 game where he played 45-of-85 defensive snaps, his highest total this season. Through eight weeks, Wynn has 13 tackles and one sack. This may not seem like much, but Wynn has excelled with the Bills in areas that the stat sheet doesn’t show.

According to Pro Football Focus (Subscription Required), Wynn has 12 quarterback hurries in eight games. This is the fourth highest total on the Bills behind Jerry Hughes, Mario Williams and Kyle Williams. He also leads the team in batted passes with two. Among all players with no starts on the Bills, no one has more stops than Wynn’s eight. The analytics site currently has Wynn as the 25th best 4-3 defensive end this season.

The next time you watch a Bills game, keep an eye on No. 92. His stats won’t jump off the page, but you’ll see a disciplined player who can get to the quarterback and play well against the run. That’s all you can ask for in a backup. Wynn’s play has given the Bills a reason to look at re-signing him in the offseason.  

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