The Buffalo Bills continue to find strong value at the running back position.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane and his staff have done a great job of building this roster over the last couple of years. The Bills have put together an extremely strong roster and with Tom Brady out of the division, are the clear favorites in the AFC East going forward.
A lot of the Bills’ success will depend on the growth of quarterback Josh Allen, but they undoubtedly have a well-rounded roster that is set up for long-term success. There are many examples of strong building throughout this roster, but nothing stands out more than the Bills’ ability to find great value at the running back position.
Everybody knows that taking running backs high in the draft and paying them big money is not the best way to build a roster. The running game as a whole is simply not as relevant as it once was, there is not great longevity at the position and there are always late-round and undrafted running backs who teams can find to make an impact.
Simply put, not spending significant resources at the running back position is the best way to go. The Buffalo Bills are clearly not putting a premium on the position, but have done a great job of finding talented players in the last two drafts. Of course, I am talking about Devin Singletary and Zack Moss.
A pair of third-round studs
The Bills took Singletary in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft (74th overall) and he quickly became their featured back as a rookie. Singletary has great ball carrier vision, quick feet and consistently finishes forward. He is a naturally elusive runner in the open field and has great instincts with the ball in his hands.
Singletary had a solid rookie season. While he only played in 12 games (eight starts), Singletary piled up 775 yards and two touchdowns on 151 carries. His 5.1 yards per carry average was impressive and Singletary was also able to make an impact as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, catching 29 passes for 194 yards and two more touchdowns.
If Singletary can stay on the field, he clearly has a bright future in the Bills’ backfield. However, he cannot carry the load alone. In the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills found him a running-mate, selecting Zack Moss out of Utah with the 86th overall pick.
Moss has an impressive combination of quickness and power that makes him incredibly difficult to bring down in space. He is an extremely tough and aggressive runner who is tough to bring down with one defender. Moss also has quick feet and strong natural instincts with the ball in his hands. He has the ability to be a workhorse at the next level and should pair well with Singletary in the Bills’ backfield.
With Singletary and Moss on the roster, the Bills now have two talented backs who they can count on. Neither guy was acquired with premium draft capital and both are under contract at a low cost for the next few years. Make no mistake about it, the Buffalo Bills are doing a great job of finding tremendous value at the running back position and it will benefit them for years to come.