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Declining RB reinforcements for Buffalo Bills to pursue include possible reunion

Declining RB reinforcements for Buffalo Bills to pursue include possible reunion
Declining RB reinforcements for Buffalo Bills to pursue include possible reunion

An additional insurance component at running back should not be out of the question for the Buffalo Bills.

While undisputed RB1 James Cook has the ability to play all three downs, this is the era of running backs by committee in the NFL. The Bills have some interesting horses in the stable, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add a proven, cheap veteran who can step up in case of injury.

Ty Johnson, who was cut by the New York Jets over a year ago due to a non-football injury, has proven to be a productive addition in 2023. The capable pass-catcher appeared to gain importance after Buffalo switched its offensive coordinator to Joe Brady midseason.

Fourth-round rookie Ray Davis has the potential to be a difference-maker, but was unavailable to attend mandatory minicamp in June. Undrafted rookie Frank Gore Jr. and journeyman Darrynton Evans are also in the mix for a roster spot.

As for available free agents with proven track records, the market isn’t exactly robust at this point in the offseason. Aging running back Latavius ​​Murray, who played a role in Buffalo last year, has yet to sign a contract and has previously expressed interest in playing at age 34. With all due respect to Murray, who is not to be criticized for his level of effort, the tires were worn thin in the final stretch of 2023.

Kareem Hunt has not been re-signed by the Cleveland Browns after his yards per carry dipped to 3.0 last season. He turns 29 on Aug. 6 and also carries baggage from an infamous off-field incident.

Cook’s older brother Dalvin has yet to generate much interest after coming out with the New York Jets a year ago. Cook, who averaged 3.2 yards per rush in limited action, didn’t join the Jets until last August.

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Apparently former Los Angeles Chargers RB2 Joshua Kelley isn’t highly valued as he remains on the market.

Even if they explore all available options, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bills’ management, who reportedly have about $11 million in salary cap space to work with, determines that Gore or Evans can provide adequate insurance. It may not be worth throwing more resources at the position at this point.

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