Buffalo Bills 2015 Team MVP Awards


Brendan Walker
Pro Football Spot writers and analysts took matters into their own hands and voted on which players were the MVPs on both the offense and defensive sides for the 2015 football season. | Photo Credit: washingtonpost.com & si.com

Offensive Player of the Year: Tyrod Taylor

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Passing Yards: 3,035
  • Completion Percentage: 63.7% (242/380)
  • Touchdowns: 20
  • Interceptions: 6
  • Passer Rating: 99.4

 

“Heading into 2015-16 season, no NFL team had more mystery surrounding the quarterback position than the Buffalo Bills. Tyrod Taylor, a dark horse candidate for the job, won the three-way quarterback competition in preseason by proving to be a true dual-threat option. Taylor helped contribute to the league’s leading rushing attack with 568 yards on the ground, finishing fourth among all QB's. Even more impressively, Taylor showed tremendous decision making in the pocket as he broke Drew Bledsoe’s team record for most consecutive passes without an interception. The former career backup even earned a spot in the 2016 Pro Bowl in his first year as a starter but most importantly stabilized the quarterback position for the Bills heading into the future.”

---Kevin Martuscello (@k_martuscello)

 

Defensive Player of the Year: Stephon Gilmore  

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Solo Tackles: 36
  • Interceptions: 3
  • Passes Defended: 18

 

“The Bills defense did not meet expectations this past season. However, there were individual players who were able to meet and even exceed expectations. The pass rush was minimal and the linebackers underwhelmed, but Stephon Gilmore had an excellent season in the secondary. It is for that Gilmore is the 2015 defensive MVP. Gilmore found himself matched up on the opposing teams’ No. 1 receiving option more often than not, and he did an excellent job slowing down explosive wide outs.  His strong play earned him a contract extension that may come later this offseason. Without Gilmore, rookie Ronald Darby would not have been as impactful as he was and having a true shutdown cornerback is an integral part of any Rex Ryan defense. Gilmore was irreplaceable, which is why he is the Bills defensive MVP.”

---Justin White (@Justin3White)

 

The Bills finished the regular season with an 8-8 record and will have the 19th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Brendan Walker is an NFL Analyst for Pro Football Spot. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @b_dog_walker





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Neither choice was a huge surprise. I was happy to see Taylor get a chance to start finally, and although he wasn't fantastic, it has to be considered a great start toward the future for the Bills' QB spot after so many years.

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Tyrod reminds me a lot of Alex Smith. IF Lesean McCoy can execute the way he has in the past these Bills could definitely compete for a wildcard spot

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Gilmore's impact may yet again be a slightly moot point - they haven't really done anything to improve their defense, which was vastly underwhelming.

That said, they haven't done anything to improve the offensive side of the ball either, so it may just be more of the same from Orchard Park.

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