Pro Football Focus unveiled their Top 101 Players Right Now last week and only two Buffalo Bills made the list. Ronald Darby came in at No. 94 and Richie Incognito was listed at No. 62. Although these were Buffalo’s only representatives, it turns out there were two other Bills who just missed the list.
Sam Monson of PFF published 10 Guys Who Just Missed Out on our 101 Best Players List and Bills players came in at No. 1 and No. 2.
1. Marcell Dareus, DL, Buffalo Bills
The thing keeping Dareus off this list is the feeling of unfulfilled potential about his game. He has been one of the league’s better run defenders over the past three years or so, but he hasn’t really developed his pass rush in a Buffalo defensive system that now does allow him to attack and penetrate. Over the past three seasons his pass-rush grade has been worse year after year, despite generating 10 sacks in 2014. He has the potential to be one of the game’s best, but needs to show that more consistently.
2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Another Buffalo player and a guy who maybe came on just a little too late to get on the list this year. Watkins emerged over the second half of the season and became a real force for the Bills, teaming nicely with Tyrod Taylor to give the Bills a great QB-WR connection. I think there’s a good chance Watkins continues that development and improves again in 2016, but there were receivers ahead of him in the pecking order with a much bigger and more reliable body of work to point to.