During an offseason filled with a lot of noise about the comings and goings of players and coaches, a signing that went without any fanfare was the Bills’ acquisition of free safety Jordan Poyer. He announced his presence on Sunday. Poyer recorded one sack, one interception, two passes defended and three solo tackles. Who in the world is this guy?

Well, in addition to being an excellent football player, Poyer loves baseball. His boyhood idol was Yankees’ legend Derek Jeter. He firmly believes if he did not become a pro football player, he would have become a professional baseball player. Poyer and his fiancé have a beautiful little girl, Aliyah and an English bulldog named Taz.

Poyer was born and raised in Oregon. After high school, Poyer chose to stay in state to play in Corvallis for the Beavers. He was selected as a consensus All-American in 2012. Despite his stellar play in college, he was not drafted until #218 by the Eagles. He only played 3 regular season games with Philadelphia before getting waived. Cleveland, then, picked him up 2 days later. He stayed with the Browns through last season.

2016 was his first season as the full-time starting free safety. His season, however, came to a sudden and disappointing end when he lacerated his kidney. Tennessee Titans’ running back Antonio Andrews literally added insult to injury by posting video of the cheap shot that ended Poyer’s season.

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Poyer went through the long recovery, but was well enough by the spring to sign with Buffalo for $13 million over four seasons with $6 million guaranteed. Former GM Doug Whaley obviously saw something in Poyer and grabbed him. Poyer was thrilled with the opportunity. He immediately acknowledged how hard it had been to play with the worst team in football and feels very strongly that Buffalo is built to win…now.

On Sunday, Poyer was a powerhouse. Leslie Frazier hopes this trend continues. Actually, this defense is built for men at the safety position to excel. But, Buffalo was facing a journeyman QB in McCown. Certainly, defenses are not afraid of that proposition. Next up, however, is Cam Newton; that will be a stiffer test. The Panthers also have TE Greg Olson and rookie tailback Christian McCaffrey. Both men will get their fair share of targets. Bills’ fans will get a much better feeling about what kind of defense this is after next Sunday’s game

Poyer hopes his stay in Buffalo will be a long and fulfilling one. He loves the fans and he even commented on today’s beautiful weather. I wonder if he will retweet this come December!

And mom sure is proud!

 

 

Brandon Fazzolari (aka Dr. Super Bowl) writes about the Buffalo Bills for Pro Football Spot. @spot_bills

 

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