Just over a week before Thanksgiving, Jordan Poyer thanks Buffalo Bills for safety for the blessings the New York Jets quarterback has given the Bills Secondary.
After a scorching start to his tenure as starter of the Jets, 405 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals, and a midweek brag that he should have been picked first in his design year – putting him ahead of Josh Had brought everyone – White came back to Earth on Sunday against the Bills. He was followed by an aggressive pass rush and forced into four costly interceptions in the 45-17 defeat. After the game, Poyer turned the knife a little while thanking White for the gifts Bill Secondary had given.
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The Bills chased White from the start of Sunday’s win, with cornerback Taron Johnson catching an early interception and Micah Hyde later recovering a fumble in the first half. Tre’Davious White and Levi Wallace also added interceptions, leaving only the Safety Jordan Poyer as the only starting member of the secondary with no sales. After the game, Hyde said they all knew Poyer was the last of them to get one.
“Damn it, the boy knew,” Hyde said on Syracuse.com after the game.
At the end of the third quarter, Poyer finally got his chance. After the game got out of hand, White heaved a pass in the direction of receiver Keelan Cole, who was intercepted by Poyer. After the game, Poyer trolled the Jets quarterback a little.
After challenging rookie Zach Wilson for the grid with a string of strong performances, White could see his tenure as a Jets starter come to an end on Sunday. As The Athletic’s Connor Hughes noted, Jets head coach Robert Saleh is expected to return to Wilson next week when he’s healthy rather than giving White another chance.
White was also unfortunate enough to face a Bills defense upset over the shocking 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars the previous week. After Sunday’s game, Wallace said they are aiming to force ball losses to avoid another big surprise.
“With that bad taste in the mouth from last week that wasn’t up to our standards, this made our prep a little more urgent,” Wallace said of ESPN. “We didn’t lose enough ball last week to give the offensive more options.
“I think that was one of our main focuses, trying to make the other team one-dimensional – letting them throw the ball, which leads to loss of the ball.”
The win allowed the Bills to keep pace with the emerging New England Patriots. Buffalo retains a half-time lead at AFC East and has a chance to make history if the teams clash in Week 13 at Monday Night Football. If the Bills win, they will extend their AFC East winning streak to 10 games, making it the best franchise in franchise history.
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