2015 Training Camp Awards


There is still work to be done by the Bills with a pair of preseason games to go before the season opener. However, with practices coming to a close at St. John Fisher here are our 10th annual Training Camp Awards for those who took it up a notch in Pittsford.

Most Valuable PlayerHe won't always show up on the stat sheet, but what DT Marcell Dareus has done out on the practice field and in the team's two preseason games in terms of performance has served notice that he might be the most physically gifted player on the roster.

Most Improved PlayerAnother defensive tackle gets the nod here. DT Corbin Bryant in three short seasons has gone from practice squad player to the first man off the bench when one of the starting defensive linemen is down with an injury. Bryant, aside from a minor knee injury, had a solid camp and showed the new defensive staff he can be trusted.
Honorable mention:P Colton Schmidt

Most Consistent PlayerWhile there are a couple of players who merit consideration here, it'd be hard to argue against WR Robert Woods. When other wideouts had to step out due to injury or heat exhaustion, Woods just kept making plays. All the extra reps eventually forced him to take a rest day, but there may not have been another receiver who factored into the passing game more from start to finish.

Most Valuable NewcomerHis training camp was cut short by a hamstring injury, but RB LeSean McCoy might be the quickest athlete on the field and on this roster that's saying something. McCoy's top end elusiveness was witnessed daily when he was participating in practice, and he put his 'make you miss' quality on display a couple of times in the preseason. The anticipated engine of the Bills attack will need to be all of that and more for Buffalo's offense to take off.
Honorable mention:G Richie Incognito

Most Promising PlayerHe had a monster rookie season when he led the team in tackles and played like a 10-year vet. Now entering season two of his career LB Preston Brown looks to be on the cusp of becoming an upper echelon player. Playing inside linebacker, Brown is at a position that can rack up a ton of stats in Rex Ryan's defensive scheme.

Most Encouraging ComebackHe didn't do a whole lot in the spring, but seeing the way CB Stephon Gilmore has come to work every day is nothing short of impressive. Coming off his hip procedure Gilmore came into camp determined to ready himself for the regular season. Back to his familiar aggressive style, Gilmore could also excel in Ryan's defense.

Most Impressive RookieIt's a close race, but CB Ronald Darbyjust edges out a couple of his draft classmates. Being thrust into a starting role at the outset of training camp, and then bouncing back from a challenging outing against Carolina to post two interceptions against Cleveland said it all.
Honorable mention:RB Karlos Williams, G John Miller

Most Surprising Player WR Andre Daviscame in as an undrafted rookie that some saw as a prospect for the practice squad. Taking advantage of the reps left behind by injured receivers higher on the depth chart, Davis has emerged and now might be pushing for a roster spot.
Honorable mention:CB Mario Butler

Most Inspirational PlayerThe way that CB Nickell Robeyplays every snap could make him a quality candidate for our last award below, but playing that hard at his size every single practice and game absolutely rubs off on the other defensive players.

Best Hustle PlayerHe knows only one speed be it practice or a game. WR Chris Hogan was consistently pushing his body to the limit, so much so that during one practice he had to be pulled for heat exhaustion. On a never ending quest to improve, Hogan is tough to top.

The last weekend of Bills Training Camp 2015 was complete with a morning and night practice on a sunny weekend at St. John Fisher College.

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