Top 5 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
Manuel has not played more than eight games in a Buffalo Bills uniform. And yet the success of the franchise is on this young man's shoulders. If he remains healthy and continues to succeed, the team will likely succeed. However, if he fails, the Bills will likely fail with him. We will see what happens.
CJ Spiller, Running Back
CJ Spiller has had a down year in 2013. However, he remains the single most dynamic Bills player, capable of scoring every time he touches the ball. For this reason, Spiller is easily one of the team's most valuable. He has played hurt throughout the year, showing extreme effort. He also, as shown above, plays a huge role in the community.
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.