5 Irreplaceable Players For the Buffalo Bills During the 2013 NFL Season
Five Irreplaceable Players For the Buffalo Bills During the 2013 NFL Season
In the last 13 years, the Buffalo Bills have missed the playoffs, however, not every year was it due to lack of talent. In fact, some years the injury bug bit the team hard and it seemed like the Bills were close to picking out fans in the stands to fill in at certain positions. For example, in 2007, 17 players were put on season-ending injured reserve including 10 players who were regular participants throughout the season.
This year, it seems like no exception with this Bills team as there is an extreme amount of talent on the team, however, there are at least five guys this year that are irreplaceable to say the least. If these guys play great, the team will go far, if not or a few of them get hurt, 14 years without a playoff appearance will be an almost certainty and Bills fans will become yet even more jaded.
These five guys are all familiar faces to Bills fans, and the good news is that there are no rookies on this list. That being said, all the players on this list are less than 30 years old, then again, they are an extremely young team.
It should be noted that Jairus Byrd isn’t on this since he officially, as of this writing, is not part of the Buffalo Bills since he hasn’t signed his franchise tender. All in all, it should be an interesting 2013 if the injury bug doesn’t bite this Bills team and these five guys play exceptionally well this year, which is expected.
#5 Mario Williams
The 100 million dollar man of last year looked shaky in the first half of 2012, then after having a procedure on his wrist, he looked like the Pro Bowl defender that he was two years ago. He is irreplaceable because he will be seen as one of the big leaders on this young defense and last year he had 10.5 sacks, the most for any Bills defender since 2009.
#4 Cordy Glenn
Cordy Glenn is a monster left tackle to say the least for the Buffalo Bills and surprised a lot of television experts last year in how well he played at the position. Most expected him to kick back at guard where he played most of his college career there. He is irreplaceable because the left tackle is the blind side blocker for the quarterback and without that, the Bills will be sunk no matter if the quarterback is Kevin Kolb or E.J. Manuel.
#3 Stephon Gimore
Another second-year player, cornerback Stephon Gilmore started to really come on at the end of 2012, and had a great deal of pass break-ups. However, in 2013, Gilmore will be looked at to do a lot more including to lead this secondary as most of the veteran leadership including George Wilson and Terrance McGee have been let go due to age and decline of play, and also as previously mentioned, that star free safety Jairus Byrd is holding out despite being franchise tagged and that is why he is irreplaceable.
#2 Eric Wood
Tough, gritty, outspoken and mean are a good set of adjectives to describe center Eric Wood to say the least. He is a punishing road grader and can hold his own in pass blocking as well. However, the reasons he is so irreplaceable is it is rare to find an excellent center, and the center controls the cadence of the game and calls out blitz packages for the quarterback, so essentially, he is the eyes and ears on the field for the offense. Finally, it seems like the Bills fall apart whenever he goes down with an injury, so he could be seen as the glue that binds everyone together.
#1 C.J. Spiller
Is anyone really shocked that running back C.J. Spiller is the No. 1 player on this list? Unless you've been living under a rock, you know who Spiller is. Last season, he had 1,244 yards, and it was more impressive that he did it on only 207 carries. In 2013, for the first time since being drafted, he is the feature back and likely will become even more of a household name, maybe even league wide if he gets a full compliment of carries this year. Spiller is irreplaceable because he is seemingly one step away from breaking a touchdown run every time he carries the ball and expect huge numbers this year for him.
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