The 2016 Pro Bowl squad was announced on Tuesday night. LeSean McCoy was the only Buffalo Bills player to make the roster, despite the team having a few other deserving candidates. On Wednesday, Pro Football Focus published their 10 Biggest Pro Bowl Snubs and two Bills players were listed: Richie Incognito and Ronald Darby.
The analytics site had high praise for both players. Incognito has been graded as the second best guard in the entire league by the site. Here is what PFF had to say about Incognito:
A fellow snub in the trenches (and in the same state) comes in the shape of the returning Richie Incognito, who has been one of the league’s elite guards this season, only behind Marshal Yanda (93.0) in our grades. Now, I am hard-pressed to say that any of the six guards selected are undeserving—all six selected have had excellent seasons, with all earning a grade of 85.2 (David DeCastro) or higher to this point in the season. However, there seems to have been little appetite to give credit to Incognito’s excellent level of play this year in Buffalo, which has been exemplary and well-rounded, earning a top 10 grade as both a run blocker and a pass protector.
Incognito has been 'elite' as PFF mentioned and was certainly more deserving than a few of the players who were placed on the squad. The guard has helped Buffalo's run game immensely this season and will hopefully get invited to the game as an alternate.
Darby, Buffalo's top draft pick in 2015, also received high praise from PFF:
One rookie cornerback made the Pro Bowl roster, and one rookie cornerback deserved to make the Pro Bowl roster—but I am not describing the same player in this sentence. As Sam Monson and I discussed in the PFF Podcast earlier this week, Marcus Peters (69.7) is having a strong and eventful rookie season, but his performance level is not among the league’s very best. That distinction among rookie corners belongs to Ronald Darby, who in spite of a couple of shaky games in recent weeks, is still outperforming Peters in a very similar man-coverage role. Only shaded by Peters in terms of interceptions, Darby shows a similar knack for playing the ball (13 pass defenses), has surrendered three fewer touchdowns, and 343 fewer yards on only 19 fewer targets. Peters is having a noteworthy rookie season, standing up to a barrage of targets, but Darby has been overlooked merely based upon one statistic that accounts for 0.75 percent of Marcus Peters’ snaps this season.
Peters will likely win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award because he's made more splashy plays than Darby but the folks at PFF are correct; Darby has outperformed the Chiefs CB throughout the season and is more deserving of the honor. Much like Incognito, Darby has a good chance to make the roster as an alternate.