After the Buffalo Bills broke camp and headed back to Orchard Park, team journalist Chris Brown decided to hand out some player awards for those who stood out in this years camp. Here is the list:
Most Valuable Player – C.J. Spiller
Brown said that Spiller seems faster than last season. He is now the focal point of the offense and is truly the most valuable asset. In his short appearances in the preseason, it appeared that defenses couldn't quite keep up with Spiller who seemed as if he was toying with the pursuing players.
Most Improved Player – Stephon Gilmore
Brown notes that Gilmore had a good rookie campaign, but that this year he could reach that 'shut down' status. Gilmore did have a great start to his career and if he's improving that could mean making big plays in clutch situations when teams typically look for their number one receivers to make a play.
Most Consistent Player – Alex Carrington
Brown realizes that Carrington's versatility is huge when it comes to value, but his fundamentals are key. The coaches love his consistency and his ability to get the job done. Carrington may be one player that teams overlook and that could mean big things for him.
Most Valuable Newcomer – Kiko Alonso
Brown notes that Marrone said Alonso's ceiling is high and that after becoming a rookie starting middle linebacker, the coaching staff will look pretty smart. Alonso has great instincts and grasps the defensive concept. After picking him up in the second round of the NFL Draft, the Bills traded Kelvin Sheppard away and have not looked back. Honorable Mention – Jerry Hughes
Most Encouraging Comeback – Scott Chandler
After ACL surgery in January, Chandler was looking to make a comeback and in a big way. It was originally thought he would be starting to practice fully by week one. He's been running routes in practice in camp and could be ready to start full time in week one. His quick recovery and work ethic could mean a big year for the tight end.
Most Impressive Rookie – Marquise Goodwin
The third round pick has done nothing but impress every day at camp and in every game. His receiving and return skills are fueled by his speed and Goodwin can now look to take his hot streak into the regular season. Honorable Mention – Robert Woods
Most Surprising Player – Aaron Williams
It will be hard to find someone who isn't shocked at how well the transition to safety went for Williams. With the absence of Jairus Byrd until recently, the Williams move was originally thought of as a desperation move by the Bills, but in actuality it was a move of genius as the former corner is now thriving in his new role.
Most Promising Player – EJ Manuel
Brown notes that Manuel's knee injury cut his camp short, but from what we've seen it seems like he will be able to put it all together and have a good career in the NFL. Manuel's grasp of the offense and his ability to make smart decisions with the ball are what have kept him from making a bunch of 'rookie mistakes'. Hopefully Manuel can return and continue to improve.
Best Hustle Player – Chris Hogan
Hogan isn't the flashiest player on the field and he certainly doesn't bring star power, but his drive and his hustle have impressed the coaching staff.
Bills fans are hoping to see good things from these players and more as the season inches closer. Next up for the Bills is a tilt against the Washington Redskins on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
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