It appears that Pro Football Focus is in “prove it” mode in regards to the Buffalo Bills’ backfield.
Heading into 2020, some have an optimistic feeling about that part of the Bills’ roster. Buffalo has second-year pro Devin Singletary returning, plus the team added another third-round rookie this season, Zack Moss, to the mix.
But because in part due to their experience, PFF ranked the Bills’ backfield as the 27th best heading into the 2020 season.
Here’s the full breakdown from the football analytics outlet:
The Bills have spent a third-round pick on a difficult-to-tackle running back in each of the last two years. The team drafted Devin Singletary in 2019 and Zack Moss in 2020, two players who rank among the best we’ve ever seen when it comes to breaking tackles.
Singletary’s 76.6 rushing grade tied for 14th last season, and he forced 0.25 missed tackles per attempt, second-best in the league. Moss has a similar college profile as Singletary, ranking just above him with 0.30 missed tackles forced per attempt during his college career.
Both Singletary and Moss ran in the 4.6-second range, so while the big plays may not be there, they could become one of the league’s best tackle-breaking duos. T.J. Yeldon is also in the mix, though his rushing grade has regressed every year after a promising start to his career in 2015.
Sure, speed kills, but this might be a bit too heavy of a weight on such an assessment of running backs by PFF. While acknowledging that both Singletary and Moss can make guys miss, not taken into consideration much as all is their blocking abilities or pass catching. Singletary specifically surprised many with the latter as a rookie, and on paper, he and Moss look like a solid 1-2 punch in Buffalo’s backfield.
But to PFF’s point, the NFL adjusts (Singletary) and you have to prove your worth (Moss).
By December, Bills fans could agree with PPF here. Or could be chanting from the rooftops that their guys are among the best backfields in the league. A lot of possibilities in between there too, and we’ll see where the chips fall.