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of his career by every statistical measure in 2018. At age 31 Thomas Sweeney Jersey Draft , is it reasonable to expect him to bounce back in 2019? That’s the question the Bills will need to answer this off-season.Just as the Bills are going through coaching staff and roster evaluations now that their season is over, so are we at Buffalo Rumblings. In our first look at a player that Buffalo may move on from this off-season, we look at the running back position and the expensive McCoy.2018 Analysis(Read the full analysis by Jeff Kantrowski aka Skarekrow)Has LeSean McCoy lost a step? Yes, undoubtedly. He’s not the same runner he was when he first landed in Buffalo, let alone his 2013 season. Slight changes in speed and shiftiness are problematic for a player who relies almost exclusively on those traits. On the flip side, when you’re talking about a potential Hall of Fame player losing a step, it still sets a nice ceiling. Looking at this past season, Shady still consistently showed a lot of nice moves. McCoy doesn’t look quite as natural sprinting as he did in 2013. That top speed looks like it’s taking more work than it used to, but if the question is “does he still have some left in the tank?” the answer is “yes.” For Sean McDermott and Brian Daboll, they still have what could be a dangerous weapon in McCoy. If the Bills commit to investments in the offensive line and scheme around McCoy’s strengths there’s no evidence to suggest 2019 can’t be a good year for Shady. Not quite 2013 good, but “take some pressure off of Josh Allen” good, for sure. The Bills should look to reduce some of McCoy’s workload and take a swing at an heir apparent, but keeping Shady looks to be a solid move from a talent perspective. Salary cap savings(Read the full analysis by Matt Warren)If Buffalo releases McCoy, they save $6.425 million on the salary cap and almost that much in actual dollars. For that price, they could sign two or three free agent running backs (not named Le’Veon Bell) to get the same production they got from McCoy in 2018.It’s the final year of the contract, so Buffalo either has to play out the remainder of his deal or release/trade him. If I’m Buffalo, there isn’t a way I’m giving him a contract extension to kick the salary cap down the road. It’s one and done for Shady or none and done. 2019 cap hit: $9.05 millionWorkout bonus portion: $250,000Salary due: $6.075 millionDead money: $2.625 millionCap savings: $6.425 millionIn-house replacement options(Read the full article by Dan Lavoie)Chris Ivory2018 stats: 115 carries, 385 yards (3.3 YPC), 1 TD, 13 receptions, 205 yardsIn a way, Ivory managed to match the role he was signed for. He outplayed Mike Tolbert, was the primary backup running back, and had a game or two where he sparked the offense when McCoy was struggling. Still, 3.3 yards per carry on 115 carries is not going to cut it in the NFL. Ivory will be 31 years old in 2019 Thomas Sweeney NFL Jersey , with 1300 career touches, and his career trajectory is pointed down at this stage.Marcus Murphy2018 stats: 52 carries, 250 yards (4.8 YPC), 11 receptions, 26 yardsMurphy held his own in training camp, and he made the opening day active roster. Murphy’s fresh legs were welcome at times during the season, but he struggled in pass protection and the Bills were more reluctant to dial his number as the year wore on. He finished as the team’s fourth-leading rusher. Murphy will be 28 years old in 2019, entering his fifth NFL season.Keith Ford2018 stats: 21 carries, 79 yards (3.8 YPC), 3 receptions, 21 yardsFord joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Ford signed with the Bills and played with the team in training camp. He ended up on the practice squad, from which he was promoted in mid-December during the aforementioned injuries. He had a decent, if unexciting debut to the NFL. Ford led the team with 33 yards on seven carries in his first game, a loss to the Patriots. He avoided major mistakes in 2018, but his longest play from scrimmage was eleven yards.Taiwan Jones2018 stats: 5 tacklesBuffalo’s special teams captain is a free agent this year. The running back didn’t receive any offensive touches before he hit injured reserve with a neck injury.Free agent options (Read the full article by Sean Murphy)T.J. YeldonYeldon rushed for 414 yards and 1 touchdown and caught 55 passes for 487 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged 4 yards per rush this year, and he has averaged 4.4 yards per tote over the last two seasons combined; teammate Leonard Fournette, on the other hand, has averaged 3.7 yards per carry in the same span. Yeldon has struggled to stay healthy in the past, but if he is used as part of a backfield-by-committee, he has the speed, the receiving ability, and the rushing ability to serve as an immediate upgrade over the 2018 version of McCoy.Tevin ColemanIf Buffalo wants to make a slightly bigger splash, they can splurge a bit on Coleman, who has been the lightning in the Atlanta Falcons backfield to Devonta Freeman’s thunder over the past few seasons. Coleman is also 25 (he turns 26 in April), and he had a very good year serving as the starter while Freeman was injured. Coleman set career highs in carries (167), yards (800) Thomas Sweeney NFL Draft , yards per carry (4.icon_cool.gif, receptions (32), and receiving touchdowns (5); he also ran for 4 touchdowns and totaled 276 receiving yards. Coleman is an ultra-talented player who has never had the chance to be “the guy” in an offensive backfield. Buffalo could give him that chance next season, and it would be an upgrade over McCoy.Mark IngramI know what you’re thinking—if part of the reason Buffalo should move on from a soon-to-be-31-year old McCoy is his age, why would they sign a running back in free agency who turns 30 next season? Well, he is a “young” 29, as his birthday just passed in December. Also, Ingram has less wear and tear than most running backs of his age when they hit the open market. He only has 1,321 career carries to go with 228 receptions. through his age-29 season. If Ingram wants a chance to be a lead back, outside of the shadow of his younger teammate Alvin Kamara, a two-year deal for $8-$10 million could be worthwhile for both Buffalo and Ingram. Mike DavisThe former fourth round draft choice by the San Francisco 49ers had his most productive NFL season in 2018 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Davis ran 112 times for 514 yards (4.6 YPC) and 4 touchdowns as a member of the most productive trio in the league, and he is the only one not under contract for next season. While he has never had the chance to be “the guy,” this is another opportunity to grab a talented player from a time-share at the fraction of the cost of Buffalo’s current offensive backfield. Davis is also a capable receiver, as he caught 34 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown this year.Le’Veon BellHow could we discuss running backs without the most talented one on the market? The negatives here are obvious—Bell hasn’t played football in over a year, and he is looking to make more money than any running back in NFL history with this contract. If the Bills are looking to save cash, then this isn’t the route to take. However, Bell’s talent is undeniable. In the three season where Bell has played all 16 games, he has rushed for at least 1,200 yards, caught at least 75 passes, averaged at least 4 yards per rush, and scored at least 9 total touchdowns each time. Buffalo should kick the tires here, and they ultimately should probably pass...but man, it sure is tempting.Jay AjayiSpeaking of kicking the tires and taking risks, signing Ajayi represents an opportunity to buy low on a supremely talented player coming off an injury. Ajayi suffered an ACL tear in Week 5, but he had rushed 45 times for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns to that point in the year. Ajayi’s effort waned at times when he played for the Miami Dolphins Thomas Sweeney Buffalo Bills Jersey , but he seemed to turn the corner after being traded. If he is the kind of player motivated by adversity and doubt, then rehabbing an injury could be the catalyst for another big jump. NFL Draft options(Read the full article by Andrew Giffin)The 2019 NFL Draft’s running-back class looks average on the surface, as there are few surefire franchise players, but there is plenty of depth. As is frequently the case with running backs, some of the middle-round prospects may likely prove to be more impactful and productive than their draft slot would indicate.(Note: Grif breaks down all of the following players in his dedicated 2019 NFL Draft running back article here.)Tier IDavid Montgomery, Iowa State Josh Jacobs, AlabamaRodney Anderson, Oklahoma Darrell Henderson, MemphisTier IIDevin Singletary, Florida AtlanticDamien Harris, AlabamaMike Weber, Ohio StateTrayveon Williams, Texas A&MTier IIIBryce Love, StanfordMiles Sanders, Penn StateMyles Gaskin, WashingtonBenny Snell, KentuckyJustice Hill, Oklahoma StateMark Konezny-USA TODAY SportsNow it’s time for you to vote. Knowing all you know now, should the Bills bring back LeSean McCoy in 2019? If no, how should they replace him? The New York Jets are hobbled at cornerback, while the New York Giants are depleted at wide receiver" NewsBuffalo Bills’ first two opponents dealing with injuries, suspensionsNew,31commentsThe New York Jets are hobbled at cornerback, while the New York Giants are depleted at wide receiverEDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Buffalo Bills’ first two opponents dealing with injuries, suspensionsTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailThe Buffalo Bills will open the 2019 NFL season in New Jersey, playing back-to-back games against the New York Jets and the New York Giants. Besides playing both of their games in MetLife Stadium Infant Devin Singletary Jersey , the Bills’ first two opponents share something else in common: they are dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions that could play to Buffalo’s advantage when the season begins. The Jets are hobbled at the cornerback position, as starting cornerback Trumaine Johnson is week-to-week with a hamstring injury, while fellow cornerback Kyron Brown is also nursing a hamstring injury. Johnson, the Jets’ top cornerback, possesses the most experience of the group. He underwent an MRI on his ailing hamstring, and his status for Week 1 is in jeopardy. “I don’t think it will be months, but, I mean, we’ll see,” Jets coach Adam Gase said when asked about the status of Johnson. Brown, an undrafted rookie free agent, was climbing the cornerback depth chart before favoring his left leg during a practice this week. The injuries left the Jets with Darryl Roberts, who has played mostly as a backup during a relatively unproductive four-year career in the NFL, and veteran Brian Poole atop the cornerback depth chart. Meanwhile, the Giants—Buffalo’s Week 2 opponent—are severely depleted at the wide receiver position. Odell Beckham Jr. departed for the Cleveland Browns via trade this offseason, but veteran Golden Tate was brought in as a high-priced (four-year, $37.5 million dollar contract with $23 million guaranteed). Tate is going to miss the first four games of the season after violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Sterling Shepard, one of the capable veterans the Giants were banking on to replace the productivity of Beckham Jr., is sidelined with a fractured thumb suffered during the very first practice of training camp. The injuries have continued to mount for the Giants, with former Bill Corey Coleman out for the year with a torn ACL, which he also suffered on the first practice of training camp. Rookie speedster Darius Slayton and undrafted rookie free agent Alex Wesley have battled leg injuries that cost them practice time this preseason, while former Syracuse University standout Amba Etta-Tawo also was lost for the year with a torn Achilles.



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