With the Buffalo Bills recently wrapping up their spring workouts and organized team activities the first real step on the field towards the 2012 season has been taken.
On Friday of this past week buffalobills.com columnist Chris Brown gave out his set of awards for the mini-camp activities. Here is his list of winners as well as my thoughts on the selections.
Most Improved- CB Justin Rodgers- This is great news for Bills fans. This past season the Buffalo Bills secondary was one of the weakest parts of the team, never seeming to get off the field in many key situations. With improvement in that corner spot, along with the other additions on the defensive side of the the ball big things can start to be expected from the unit.
Most Encouraging- LB Shawne Merriman- I have already gone over the importance of Merriman to this team’s success and what options he could play in 2012 here. Seeing that he is making progress is great news for the Bills
Most Consistent- S George Wilson and WR David Nelson- No major surprise with Wilson as a consistent force but great news to see with Nelson. His improvement and ability will be an important factor for this Bills offense as a possible second receiver if they are going to improve.
Best Unit- Defensive line- No shock here, if this unit wasn’t number one I would have been disappointed.
Best Rookie- CB Stephon Gilmore and OT Cordy Glenn- It seems like the top two Bills draft picks are showing up early, and this is a great sign. Gilmore should jump right in and have a major role in this defense, and Glenn should fight for a starting spot on the offensive line. Knowing that both jumped right in with the starting groups and played well is a huge positive.
Biggest Surprise- FB/TE Dorin Dickerson- Any threat on the offensive side of the ball is a good thing, and if he can develop into one for this offense you won’t see me complaining.
Biggest Playmaker TE Scott Chandler and S George Wilson- Chandler seemed like he was ready to make a big leap for Buffalo early last season before falling back a little late, it will be interesting to see if he can bring those big plays for 16 weeks in the fall. As for Wilson, as I said above I’m not surprised at all with his abilities, he will be a huge part of Buffalo’s success this season.
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