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James Wilder Jr. benefits most from Karlos Williams suspension

It's been quite the offseason for Buffalo's running backs.

Karlos Williams' four game suspension is just the latest news in a busy off-season for the Buffalo Bills

First, LeSean McCoy was allegedly involved in an assault on off-duty officers but nothing ever came of the case. The Philadelphia District Attorney and Attorney General both decided against pressing charges due to a lack of evidence and the NFL came out this week and said the lead back will not face any discipline. 

Early Thursday morning, rookie back Jonathan Williams was arrested and charged with a DWI. If he's found guilty of this, he'll face a two-game suspension at some point. One day later, Karlos Williams' suspension was announced.

Although the loss of Karlos Williams and potential loss of Jonathan Williams is bad news for the Bills, it could be great news for James Wilder Jr. In fact, no back benefits more than Wilder Jr. from this news.

For the record, this doesn't mean that Wilder Jr. is going to be Buffalo's No. 2 back come Week 1, it simply means that his odds of making Buffalo's 53-man roster have greatly improved.

Wilder Jr. enters training camp on a positive note. He performed well on the field at OTAs and made a great impression on head coach Rex Ryan.


While this was encouraging for Wilder Jr., the numbers were still working against him heading into training camp. The Bills had four backs who appeared to be ahead of Wilder Jr. on the depth chart: McCoy, K. Williams, J. Williams, and Mike Gillislee.

Now, Karlos Williams will certainly miss time and Jonathan Williams could also serve a suspension for his DWI. Suddenly, there's one or two running back spots that will have to be filled to start the season and Wilder appears to be the back who could get the job done.

Karlos Williams is a physical, between the tackles back and Wilder Jr. is of the same mold. Wilder is bigger than Karlos Williams in terms of height (6'3" to 6'1"), and both weigh about 230-235 pounds. When it comes to finding an early season complement to McCoy, Wilder Jr. may be the man to handle the job as Mike Gillislee is a back who thrives in open space.

With training camp just a few weeks away, things just became interesting at the running back position. Buffalo's depth behind McCoy is wide open and if Wilder Jr. can build off of his strong OTA performance, he may be suited up with the Bills come September. 


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