13th Annual Bills training camp awards


Most Valuable Player – Kelvin Benjamin
This award could easily go to LeSean McCoy knowing what he means to this team, but in the training camp practices Benjamin stood out a lot. Whether it was making eye-popping catches in the end zone or outmuscling a defender for a ball, Benjamin made the difficult look easy. Entering a contract year, Benjamin looks supremely motivated to be a true number one receiver for the Bills.

Most Improved Player – Shaq Lawson
Entering his third NFL season, it appears the light bulb has gone on for the pass rusher. In the best shape of his life, Lawson is not only quicker off the line, but he's added a new dimension to his pass rush game. Lawson easily batted down the most passes of any player in camp. The 2018 season could be a breakout year for him. Hon. Men. – Jason Croom

Most Consistent – Tre'Davious White
His fellow teammates in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer could've taken this award just as easily, but White's consistency is obvious. Every single day, White was denying receivers the ball and the outcome rarely changed. White looks poised to have a Pro Bowl level campaign.

Most Valuable Newcomer – Star Lotulelei
He's rarely going to be noticed out on the field because he's doing all the dirty work, but Lotulelei's presence at defensive tackle will have a big trickle-down effect. Pass rushers off the edge will be able to get to the quarterback because Lotulelei will be pushing the pocket. He'll occupy a pair of offensive linemen to keep his linebackers free to run and hit. And he'll help to improve Buffalo's run defense ranking, which languished near the bottom of the league last season.

Most Promising Player – Josh Allen
Clearly the most physically gifted of the quarterbacks there are plays that Allen can make that very few QBs can. There is a ton of potential in Allen, and he's working hard to grasp the mental side of the NFL game to increase his level of consistency. It doesn't seem to be a matter of if, but when it all comes together for him.

Most Encouraging Comeback – Zay Jones
Granted he's been out of his red non-contact jersey for all of three practices, but coming off shoulder and knee surgeries, Jones is a different player. He is laser focused on proving he can be a dynamic player in this league. In a few short practices Jones has made some impressive plays in the pass game. If he stays on this track he'll be a far bigger contributor than most expect.


Most Impressive Rookie – Tremaine Edmunds

Whether you're standing next to him or watching him from a distance, Tremaine Edmunds is an uncommon physical specimen. The fact that he has the football smarts to go with it might be even more remarkable. As defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said of Edmunds, "the sky is the limit for him." Hon. Men. Harrison Phillips

Most Surprising Player - Rafael Bush

Thought of little more than veteran depth at safety, Bush came in and made plays like starters Hyde and Poyer. It has prompted the coaching staff to find sub packages to get Bush on the field on defense. Hon. Men. Khari Lee

Best In The Trenches - Dion Dawkins

The second-year left tackle has put together a solid camp and has been the most consistent performer on Buffalo's offensive line.

Most Inspirational Player – Kyle Williams

He's a perennial winner of this award, but can you name someone better? Younger teammates flock to him like he's the pied piper trying to soak up any knowledge they can from the veteran DT. Perhaps more inspirational was watching him record would-be sacks on three straight plays in a two-minute drill series during one training camp practice.

Best Hustle Player – Jerry Hughes

There are a host of players on Buffalo's roster that hustle, but few practice as hard as Jerry Hughes. Consistently the highest motor player on the practice field, Hughes is dedicated to his work and that should pay off this fall.

Photos from Day 16 of 2018 Bills Training Camp, presented by Connors and Ferris.