It's been a banner year for Buffalo's secondary. First, Tre'Davious White was named AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for September. Micah Hyde was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October. Then last month Hyde was named to his first career Pro Bowl. Now Jordan Poyer has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December.
"He's really just a complete player, in terms of what he's done," said head coach Sean McDermott. "Really love his toughness, scrappy player, puts in a lot of time in terms of preparation, instinctive football player, I mean the things you look for, our DNA. I couldn't say more about the way he's played. The rapport he's building with Micah [Hyde] as well the linebackers, they're doing more things in between plays that's helped our defense. The growth defensively has been phenomenal."
Poyer finished his first season in Buffalo on fire. In Buffalo's five December games, he posted 30 tackles, three interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown against New England and four pass breakups.
"It's a great honor. I'm very happy for my family and it's just awesome."
Poyer, who also was named the Bills winner of the Ed Block Courage Award, is now tied for the team lead in interceptions with fellow safety Micah Hyde. He's also the only Bills defender with an interception return for a touchdown.
Hyde and Poyer become the first safety tandem to each win Defensive Player of the Month honors in the same season.
"It's pretty cool," Poyer said. "It says a lot about the guys who are on the defensive side of the ball, all 11 guys who are playing. Our pass rush allows us on the back end to make plays. It's a credit to this whole team."