At the end of the July, the Buffalo Bills will embark upon something they haven’t gone for in quite some time — as they’ll attempt to make it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. With head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane at the helm, the team is almost completely different than what it was two years ago.
As the Bills get ready for training camp in late July, 7ABC will take a look at the team on the field — and more specifically, the top talent that exists on the roster that can help the Bills get back to the postseason. You’ll be introduced to the Bills’ ‘Top 20 Talents’ for the upcoming season in 2018.
It's a bit of a different 'most talented' list because it also takes other factors into consideration. The countdown criteria:
- Overall skill-level
- On-the-field performance
- Projection based on film study over the past several years
- Age, and improving/declining ability
With that written, on to the countdown:
No. 1 - CB Tre'Davious White
Age: 23 (DOB: 1/16/1995)
Why he’s here:
- It was about as successful a rookie season as you could find in the NFL in 2017 for Tre'Davious White. He went from a late first-round selection into an instant starter with the Bills, and then into one of the best starters on the entire team. He took to Sean McDermott's defensive scheme so well with his blend of speed, athleticism, and length, and became a shutdown player for them. Still only 23 years old, the future is bright for White as he has the potential to become one of the best at his position in the league. If White can continue to show that he can complete the play and intercept passes as he did in 2017, he could be at or around this position on the countdown for a long time to come.
- White will resume his role as the top cornerback on the roster and now can shadow the opposing team's top target if that's what is best for the Bills defensively. The biggest thing he'll need to battle this season is potential complacency from early success, but to this point, his coaches think that isn't even a part of the equation. His presence in the starting lineup helps give the Bills one of the best secondaries in the league and one of the top 10-to-15 cornerbacks -- based on how he played last year -- in the NFL.