BBD Editor: Dan Hope
The Buffalo Bills have had, by virtually all accounts, a successful first half of their 2014 season. At 5-3, currently good a four-way tie for sixth place in the AFC, they are right in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot.
To some, Buffalo’s first-half success is a surprise; to others, it’s a realization of promise that had gone unfulfilled in past seasons. There’s still a second half of the season in which the Bills can either keep winning and end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, or falter as they hit tough games down the stretch.
Either way, the Bills as a whole and many of the individuals on their team deserve praise for how they have played so far. While some Bills need to be better in the second half of the year, others have played integral role in the team’s relative success through eight games.
Prior to training camp, when the Bills had 90 players on their roster and many of them were fighting for a place on the team, we ranked the team from top to bottom. Now that we’re at the midpoint of the Bills season, it’s time to look at how the current 53-man roster stacks up, reclassifying players based upon how they’ve performed so far and how crucial they will be to the team’s second-half results.