Top ten most valuable players on the Buffalo Bills
This list will dictate which Buffalo Bills players are most valuable to the team. Factors I will use to determine value of the players include in-game effectiveness, work ethic, and the presence or lack of a winner's mentality. Although the Bills are currently a 4-8 football team, certain players have displayed enough talent to prove their value. I will explain who those players are.
Fred Jackson, RB
Fred is the quintessential Buffalo Bills player. He works hard every game and plays every game like its his last. Whether you ask him to run the football, catch passes out of the backfield, or pass block, Fred is always fit, ready and capable of doing the job well. In addition, he's a great leader in the locker room, and does a lot in the Buffalo community. Without Fred, this team would not amount to much.
Mario Williams, Defensive End
While being the highest paid player on the team, and the highest paid defensive player in the league, Mario shows up to play every game and gives 110 percent. Even though he consistently faces double and triple teams, he still finds a way to garner pressure against quarterbacks and is great in run support as well. Mario is worth the 100 million dollars he is getting paid in my estimation.
Jairus Byrd, Safety
Byrd was chastised by Bills fans early in 2013 for allegedly dogging it with plantar fascitis. However, since he has been back, Byrd has played magnificently, and I find that I am never questioning his effort or spirit. The Bills current franchise player will become a free agent in 2014, and hopefully the Bills will be able to keep him around for next season.
EJ Manuel, Quarterback
Sure, Manuel has only played a few games in the NFL. However, the future of the Buffalo Bills rides on this man's success or failure. If Manuel is successful throughout the first few years of his career and remains healthy, he will almost ensure the success of the team. However, if he fails, the team will also likely fail. We will see what happens.
CJ Spiller, Running Back
Spiller has had a down year in 2013, but he is still a home run threat every time he touches the ball, as indicated in the most recent game against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. Spiller will only get healthier, and when he does, opposing defenses will have to account for him. This will lead to success for the Bills, and EJ Manuel as well.
The Bills have at least five players who are extremely valuable. The success of these players will help determine the success of the team. Players who are talented and who work hard will only help the Bills in the future, and as Bills fans and supporters, we can only hope these players will continue to show what has made them valuable over the years.