Here we are 2 weeks into the season, and Buffalo isn’t looking too great, at least on the offensive side of the ball. The defense is again looking pretty impressive, despite losing three of their great leaders and dominant players. Quietly, a certain Bills player has grabbed an interception in each of the season’s first two games. It’s the free safety who shares the back field with second year safety Donte Whitner. His name is Jim Leonhard, and he is already having a breakout year.
Why am I so excited about Mr. Leonhard? Well, after two games, he has tallied up 20 tackles and 2 interceptions with returns of 24 and 36 yards. Check the league stats and you’ll see that he’s tied for 6th spot with total number of tackles (Bills rookie Paul Posluszny is 3rd, nice work) and is currently atop the league (with a few other guys) in interceptions.
So, who is this guy? Well, I wasn’t able to find too much about him, but thanks to Wikipedia, I was able to find out a little. He grew up in Wisconson, playing as the starting quarterback for Flambeau High School. He went on to play college ball as a member of the secondary at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He tied the school record with 21 interceptions, had 281 career tackles, and totaled 1,347 punt return yards. Buffalo picked him up in 2005 as an undrafted free agent.
He showed up in 25 Bills games in 2005-2006. This year in just two games, he’s already blown his old numbers away. He’s looking really good and is trying to help Buffalo fans forget about the loss of Nate Clements. So look out for number 42 in the Bills defense, he’ll be looking to take one of Tom Brady’s passes this Sunday!