ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Monday the Buffalo Bills named six captains. The leaders were chosen in a vote by the team. The captains include, running back Fred Jackson, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, center Eric Wood, cornerback Corey Graham, defensive end Mario Williams and linebacker Brandon Spikes.
Kyle Williams and Jackson are captains for the fourth time in Buffalo. Wood receives the honor for the second straight year. Spikes and Graham were chosen despite the fact that it is their first year on the team. Head coach Doug Marrone explained that the fact they were voted as Captains so early in their tenure with the organization is a testament to the way they conduct themselves.
“I think they’ve done a very good job,” Marrone explained. “I think I’ve said that publicly that they’ve done a good job, both on the field and off the field with the way they’ve handled themselves. I don’t want to say they were rewarded for it by being named a captain. I think that’s what people saw. They saw that leadership and they saw that they can handle things and that’s why they were elected by their peers to be the captains.”
Quarterback E.J. Manuel was not among the players chosen to lead the team. Marrone told the media in his opinion there is no significance in Manuel not being named a captain.
“No, not in my mind because of the fact that the players did it,” Marrone said. “If you look at it, it’s mostly veteran guys that have been around. I think that position has leadership qualities in it just by the position itself.”