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Remembering the day the NFL's best safety duo signed in Buffalo


Today marks the five-year anniversary of the Bills signing both Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer. These two players have been influential in helping implement Sean McDermott's culture around the organization and have been one of the best safety tandems in the NFL since 2017. 

Hyde has been named to one Pro Bowl (2017) and Second-team All-Pro twice (2017, 2021). He finished 2021 tied for fourth in interceptions (5) and he and Poyer combined for 10 interceptions, the most among any safety duo in the NFL. 

Hyde has only missed two games during his Bills' tenure. He has racked up 14 interceptions - one returned for a touchdown, 35 passes defended, 356 combined tackles, nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three QB Hits. He's also contributed on special teams as a returner and in 2019 returned an onside kick 45 yards for a touchdown which marked the first onside returned for a touchdown since 2010. 

Poyer, for the first time in his career, was a First-team All-Pro selection in 2021. He was the only NFL player to post three sacks, five interceptions and earn First-team All-Pro honors this past season. 

Since joining the Bills in 2017, Poyer ranks second for most tackles by a defensive back (505), third for most sacks by a DB (10.0), and sixth for most interceptions by a DB (18). He is the only player in the NFL since 2017 to have 500+ tackles, 15+ interceptions, and 10+ sacks. The Bills' safety is also the only player with 90+ tackles and two or more interceptions in each of the last five seasons.

Scroll through to view some of the best Buffalo Bills photos of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer since they signed with the team 5 years ago.

The talented safeties have done so much for this Bills team but coming to Buffalo also helped each player bring their careers to new heights. The two don't just make an impact on the field but are very involved with giving back to the community as well. 

Poyer, who revealed his addiction to alcohol last March, spoke to a group of kids from the Kids Escaping Drugs Foundation in West Seneca last spring. Poyer also gave back to the Buffalo community and to his hometown of Astoria, Oregon this past holiday season. His foundation gave out free food, haircuts, and two hours of free laundry to those who needed it most. 

Hyde and his Imagine for Youth Foundation have held sports equipment drives for young athletes and gave 153 kids new sneakers this past holiday season. Hyde and his foundation also hosted a charity baseball tournament with his teammates in 2019 and raised over $40,000 for the Buffalo community.

When Hyde signed a two-year extension last spring with the team, he knew that he made the right decision by coming to Buffalo. 

"I wouldn't change it for the world," Hyde said last March. "It's one of the best places to play. The fans are amazing. We live in Orchard Park where it's like a family. We love our neighbors. Our neighbors take care of us. I can call them up right now and see if they want to hang out and they'd be down. It's just that type of atmosphere there, it's all about family."

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