The Buffalo Bills’ roster is full of young players. Entering the 2013 season, the Bills had the 3rd youngest team in the NFL. With a youthful roster, it’s important that players grow and improve from year to year. This year, Buffalo had three standouts in terms of improvement: Jerry Hughes, Aaron Williams and Leodis McKelvin.
Which player did Bills fans deem most improved?
Most Improved Player: Aaron Williams
Aaron Williams won the Most Improved Player Maffie Award with 61 percent of the vote. The award is well deserved as Williams had the best year of his young career in 2013. Williams played in 14 games this season, starting them all. In his fourteen games, Williams played 12 games at strong safety and two at right cornerback when injuries occurred.
Williams had played cornerback in his first two seasons with the Bills, but he struggled on the field. During Buffalo’s offseason conditioning program, Williams met with Coach Marrone and was told of the move.
“Coach said, ‘We’re going to move you to safety. That’s where you’ll best benefit the team.’ So after that you just go with it,” said Williams. “There’s no second guessing it. You don’t second guess coach. He’s the man and the head honcho so I ran with it and it worked out so far.”
The move certainly paid off for Williams during the season as he set new career highs in tackles (82), interceptions (4) and passes defensed (11). Pro Football Focus also took notice of Williams’ impressive season. Among all safeties, Williams ranked 3rd on the site in tackling efficiency with a 22.7 rating (Subscription Required).
Williams’ transition to safety in 2013 was a smooth one. His physical style of play is perfect for strong safety, and the BillsMafia looks forward to more outstanding play from Williams in years to come.