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Buffalo Bills FB Jerome Felton challenged himself in the offseason

Felton will be competing for a roster spot at training camp.

Last year, the Buffalo Bills made Jerome Felton one of the NFL's highest paid fullbacks. In their ground and pound offense, it seemed like Felton would be a good fit. However, that wasn't necessarily the case in 2015.

Felton finished the year with one carry for two yards and one reception for 12 yards on 285 offensive snaps. The fullback wasn't expected to see a lot of carries or receptions, but many expected him to be on the field more. Felton's 285 snaps accounted for a shade over 26 percent of Buffalo's offensive snaps last year.

Heading into 2016, Felton will face competition on the roster in undrafted free agent Glenn Gronkowski. From a blocking perspective, Felton is the better option, but Gronkowski is believed to be the better receiving option. That said, Felton recently joined the John Murphy Show and revealed that he worked a lot on receiving this offseason.

“One thing I worked on a lot this offseason is catching the ball. But whatever my role is I want to get up to camp and show what I can do. I’ve always said the better you can play and the more you can show the more opportunities you’ll get. Hopefully we’ll see it on display starting next week.”

Felton added that he wants the 2016 season to be the best of his career.

"I’ve really challenged myself this offseason to come in and have my best season. Last year was a learning experience and I was happy to be here. But I’m challenging myself to have the best year I’ve had since I’ve been in the league. I’m just making sure that I’m 100 percent ready to contribute and be a great part of the offense this year.”

Felton's battle with Gronkowski will be one to watch at training camp, but the veteran fullback seems prepared to make an impact with the Bills in 2016.


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