Buffalo Bills players have been recognized by Pro Football Focus for various awards. Tyrod Taylor won Breakout Player of the Year and Ronald Darby was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Although these were the only Bills players who won an award, Richie Incognito was recognized by the analytics site.
PFF's award for Best Offensive Lineman, the Bruce Matthews Award, was given to Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns but Incognito was recognized by the site as third runner-up. Here is what PFF said about Incognito:
The scenario surrounding his departure from the league should have meant that Incognito’s return to professional football with Buffalo was a highly-covered storyline this year, but it was surprisingly overlooked. Rather, it was his performance on the field that was praiseworthy. It’s wrong that Incognito’s most well-known plays this season were his struggles in pass protection against the Eagles and Fletcher Cox in Week 14, while the rest of his performances in 2015 were consistently excellent. The league’s best pull blocker all season, Incognito finished the year as one of PFF’s highest-graded guards as a run blocker, earning a positive grade every week in that facet of the game until Buffalo’s Week 17 finale against the Jets.
As mentioned by the site, Incognito was the NFL's best pull blocker in 2015. Generally, best offensive line awards go to offensive tackles so it's great to see Incognito and Marshal Yanda, the second runner-up, honored. The Bills will look to lock up Incognito before he can hit free agency in March.null