A look at the Buffalo Bills running backs after seven weeks.

A look at the backs of the Buffalo Bills after seven games.

The Bills have their bye week this week, so Buffalo Football Report will evaluate the Bills current roster after seven games. We will discuss each player at each position at length and provide you positives and negatives with their play through seven games this season.

Running Backs: 

LeSean McCoy

Positives: After battling injuries early in the season, McCoy seems to be pretty healthy at this point in time. Having the bye week to rest up should help McCoy get close to 100 percent. McCoy is coming off of two strong games in which he’s chalked up 158 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving. Against the Bengals and Jaguars, McCoy showed off his elusiveness and did a good job of turning what should have been a loss into a gain.

Negatives: The biggest concern with McCoy is the amount of carries he’s had in his career and how much he has left in the tank. The running back has missed two games this season and has not had a 100 yard rushing game to date. Keeping track of how well McCoy plays over the last nine weeks is something to keep an eye on.

Future: McCoy signed an extension with the Bills and will be with the team for the foreseeable future. There’s no doubt that he can still contribute but seeing how the Bills use McCoy and Williams over the last nine weeks will be interesting to watch.

Karlos Williams

Positives: At one point, you could have made an argument that Karlos Williams was Buffalo’s most impressive rookie. That’s saying something, considering how well Ronald Darby has played this season. Williams’ size and speed makes him a perfect fit for Greg Roman’s scheme and Bills fans have seen his talent firsthand this season. In four games played, Williams has a yards per carry average of 5.4 and he’s the only back to have rushed for over 100 yards this season. The rookie out of Florida State appears to be the future No. 1 back of the Bills.

Negatives: Williams has missed the last three games due to a concussion suffered against the New York Giants. Concussions shouldn’t be taken lightly and there’s no official word on how long Williams will be out of action.

Future: Future is the perfect word to describe Williams. The rookie has played extremely well on the field and his attributes make him a perfect fit for Greg Roman’s offense.

Jerome Felton

Positives:  None. This isn’t a knock on Felton, but he’s simply not being used enough on the field for the Bills. Buffalo targeted Felton early in free agency and it appeared he would have a big role on the offense. That hasn’t been the case.

Negatives: Felton has only been on the field for 24 percent of Buffalo’s offensive plays. He’s not being utilized in run blocking, the biggest reason the team signed him in the first place. A lot of this has to do with the fact that McCoy doesn’t have a history of carrying the ball with a fullback in front of him.

Future: Unknown. His lack of snaps tell the story right now. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s used over the final nine games of the season.

Anthony Dixon

Positives: Dixon is one of Buffalo’s best special teams players. He has recorded five tackles on special teams to date. He may also be the funniest player on the team when it comes to social media, but that doesn’t count for anything on the field.

Negatives: Dixon injured his calf during training camp and missed significant time. Since returning, he looks sluggish on the field. In terms of carrying the ball, Dixon has been awful. He has recorded 19 yards on 15 carries, a 1.3 YPC average.  

Future: Dixon’s special teams play could keep him on the roster this year, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he wasn’t a member of the Bills in 2016.

Boom Herron

Positives:  Has played decently considering he was picked up in season and thrown into action. Herron has 57 total yards in three games with the Bills.

Negatives: Herron hasn’t been overly impressive when given the opportunity to run the ball. This may be due to the fact that he’s still learning the playbook.

Future: There’s no reason to believe right now that Herron has much of a future with Buffalo. Injuries played a big role in getting him on the roster.

 


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