Posts Tagged ‘Running Backs’

Buffalo Bills Running Backs: Who Should Be the Present and Future?

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
The early success of Bryce Brown this preseason shows that the Bills have plenty of options at the running back position. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

The early success of Bryce Brown this preseason shows that the Bills have plenty of options at the running back position. (Photo: Sam Sharpe — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

For most teams, assembling a solid one-two punch of running backs with complementary skill sets is a key factor to offensive success. The Buffalo Bills have done even better, as they have built a four-deep stable of backs that is arguably the deepest and most talented in all of the NFL. The combination of C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon gives the Bills four ballcarriers that are capable of being feature backs or at the very least, solid complimentary backs for most NFL teams.

What are the Bills supposed to do with all of this talent at running back this season and beyond? Here’s what we do know: The Bills want to run the football and when you think they are done running the football, they want to run it some more. Last season, the Bills led the entire league with 546 rushing attempts, 37 more than the next closest team. With an influx of running back talent and power-blocking offensive lineman, it certainly appears the plan is to run the ball as much if not more this season.

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What’s His Age Again? Buffalo Bills Sign Fred Jackson to Contract Extension

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Fred Jackson signed an extension Wednesday that will keep him with the Buffalo Bills through 2015. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

At a position where 30 years of age is often cited to be the “magic number,” it’s very rare to see a 33-year-old running back land a contract extension. But that’s exactly what Fred Jackson did with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday.

According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jackson’s extension is for one year, worth $2.6 million with an additional $1 million in incentives. The new deal will keep Jackson, who was slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, with the team through 2015.

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Potential Buffalo Bills Targets in the 2015 NFL Draft: Running Backs

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Melvin Gordon projects as one of the top running back prospects in the 2015 NFL draft. (Photo: Jesse Johnson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Josh Cornwall

One season into the Doug Marrone/Doug Whaley era in Buffalo, a foundation has been laid to finally get the floundering Buffalo Bills franchise out of the AFC East basement and into the playoff picture. The excitement surrounding the franchise now is different than it has been in recent years because of the quality of youthful talent littered across the depth chart.

Still, two dilemmas face the current Bills’ regime on the not-so-distant horizon that could hinder their long-term plans.

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Scouting the Veteran Additions: What Bryce Brown Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills made running back a priority by trading a 2015 draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bryce Brown. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Despite having an excellent running back tandem in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, the Bills have question marks at the position beyond the 2014 season. Both Spiller and Jackson can become free agents at the end of the 2014 season. Jackson will be 34 years old at season’s end and Spiller might command more money than the Bills will have the appetite to pay for a running back on his second contract

That made the need to address the running back position a priority this offseason because in all likelihood, either Jackson and/or Spiller will not be on the team beyond this season.

After they utilized six of their 29 predraft visits on running backs, the Bills tried to trade back up into the second round of the draft to select Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. After the San Francisco 49ers struck a deal to move up and take Hyde off the board, the Bills struck a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire Bryce Brown—a player Buffalo had been negotiating to land for a year-and-a-half, according to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News—in exchange for a conditional 2015 fourth-round draft pick.

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Buffalo Bills Trade for Running Back Bryce Brown

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills continued to be aggressive by trading a future conditional pick, and swapping seventh-round picks, with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday to acquire running back Bryce Brown. (Photo: Howard Smith — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

During the Buffalo Bills’ predraft luncheon, general manager Doug Whaley was asked about the concern of the team “mortgaging its future” to be aggressive in this year’s draft.

“Depends on what you mean by mortgaging the future,” Whaley replied. “We give up our whole draft? You’re mortgaging our future. If we give up a second round or a pick next year, again it’s a calculated decision. I would say it all depends on the deal.”

If you read between the lines on that answer, Whaley was clearly thinking about giving up future assets to make moves in this year’s draft.

The Bills made their first “calculated decision” in Round 1 of the draft when they gave up 2015 first- and fourth-round picks to move up from the No. 9 overall pick to the fourth spot and secure Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. They made another during Day 3 of the draft, when they traded a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown.

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