Mining for IDP Gold in the Searcy, Byrd Buffalo Safety Mess

Andre Johnson, Aaron WilliamsIDP Gold – The Buffalo Secondary IDP History

- Even though we all feel ex Bills Safety George Wilson had a down year in 2012, he still finished with the 3rd most combined tackles for a strong safety at 104.

- In 2011, Wilson finished as the 4th highest tackling safety with 106 tackles. It was also his 4 INTs & 3 FFs that boosted his numbers even more that year.

- In 2010, it was Bills safety Donte Whitner that not only finished as the #1 safety with 140 total tackles, but was the 5th leading tackler in the entire NFL that year.

- Before that in 2009, it was George Wilson again with 103 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 INTs to top the IDP safety rankings.

- And to really go down memory lane for you older IDP folks, both Bryan Scott & Terrence McGee were fantasy gold during the 2007-2008 era. McGee was especially awesome for leagues that counted kick return points.

The bottom line is the Buffalo secondary has a long-standing history of IDP fantasy points and it’s well worth trying to sort out their current mess.

The Current Buffalo Secondary

We know George Wilson is gone and the IDP rankings all summer have shown Da’Norris Searcy as his obvious replacement. He especially seemed like a no brainer since Jarius Byrd was having contract disputes and holding out. Still not the smoothest situation for Byrd in Buffalo yet.

But wait, here is the latest news on Searcy, compliments of WGR 550 Buffalo. “Searcy is on the roster bubble. Beat writer Joe Buscaglia named Searcy his runner-up for the ‘Least Valuable Player’ in training camp. The third-year safety was considered the favorite for the starting strong safety job this offseason, but he’s been bypassed by converted corner Aaron Williams. Searcy is a physical player and was given a long look last season, but has no ties to the new coaching staff.” Aug 21 – 8:46 PM

Let’s see what his coaches are saying about Aaron Williams, their 2011 2nd round pick out of Texas, and see him in action in this 2013 training camp video.

By the way, after you watch this, you’ll be as up-to-date as I am on this situation. My recommendation is to get Williams in deep leagues that require DBs. If it requires CBs, he’s an amazing steal as your 3rd CB because he’s still listed as CB in every draft I’ve seen so that’s some pretty cool value to have a starting strong safety in one of your CB slots. > http://www.buffalobills.com/video/videos/Bills-Focus-Safety-Suits-Aaron-Williams-Well/f1d7badc-9495-43ab-aeee-72aef16f30c4

 

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