Just in the nick of time, it looks like the Bills have found the ability to create a running game.
The NFL has become a pass-first league, and I’m thrilled to see the Bills follow in the footsteps of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers. Heck, there are some games where I don’t want the Bills to run the ball at all. But when we get to late December and January, it’s nice to know that the Bills have that option available if they need it.
The most recent example came against the Los Angeles Chargers. Buffalo finished with 172 yards on the ground; Devin Singletary (82 yards, 7.5 average) and Zack Moss (69 yards, 6.6 average) each posted gaudy averages and were able to pick up chunks of yardage at a time.
The Bills hardly ran the ball at all in the weeks leading up to that Chargers game, because there was no need to run the football. When you’re engaged in an offensive shootout with the likes of the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, it’s all-out aerial warfare on both sides. Before that twoweek stretch, however, the Bills went into their home game against New England with a specific plan to kick their running game into high gear. That’s exactly what they did. Buffalo had 38 rushes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in a slugfest.
“We know what we can do with the running game,” running back Devin Singletary said. “We feel like we can do even better. But we’re going to keep taking it day by day, but I feel like (these performances) help a lot.”
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TRACKING TRAINING CAMP
Bills Digest was there for all the big moments at training camp. Here are some observations …
‘We're constantly trying to evolve'
For more on what’s happening within Buffalo’s offense, here are some highlights from offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s recent press conferences.
‘On the field you must flip that switch'
Here are some highlights from head coach Sean McDermott’s recent press conferences.
ALLEN GETS HISTORIC DEAL
Bills QB now under contract through 2028
Right back in the swing of things
It’s fair to say that this year’s Bills training camp looks wildly different from those of the past.
1st & Ten with STEFON DIGGS
Stefon Diggs had one of the best seasons ever by a Bills receiver in 2020, and he’s looking for an encore. Diggs was clearly amped up and ready to go as the Bills began their preparations for the new season, leading the huddle and supporting his teammates as they kicked off training camp in Orchard Park. Diggs recently touched on his goals for the upcoming season for both himself and the team in an informative discussion with members of the media. Here are the highlights from that discussion.
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Aaron Jones, Packers 5-9 • 208 pounds • 27 years old A fifth-round steal in the 2017 draft out of UTEP, Jones is equally proficient in the running and passing games. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards the last two years, and caught 49 and 47 passes, respectively. He’s also a touchdown machine with 30 TDs the last two years (25 rushing and 5 receiving). The son of two career Army officers, he’s a tough, driven player and the kind of guy players want on their team.
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QUARTERBACKS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Dak Prescott, Cowboys 6-2 • 235 pounds • 27 years old A solid starter who has a nice TD-INT ratio over his first five seasons (104-40), Prescott is an accurate thrower and very mobile. However, he’s coming off a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, so it remains to be seen if this will impact his game moving forward.
TIGHT ENDS: TOP AVAILABLE FREE AGENTS
Hunter Henry, Chargers 6-5 • 250 pounds • 29 years old A very talented player, Henry has had issues staying healthy, unable to complete an NFL season, including missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL. But when healthy, he’s a terrific all-around tight end who really connected with Justin Herbert in 2020 with 60 catches. Henry is very good at finding holes in zone coverage.
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