That they went with an in-house option, Spencer Ware, to replace the injured Jamaal Charles on their roster, would seem to speak well for Ware and their other backs, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Ware, who played for the Chiefs in training camp and the preseason, had been on their practice squad.
Most outlets say it's West who passed Davis on the depth chart as the team's RB2. Andy Reid went as far as saying West has a similar skill set to Charles while Davis is a one-cut runner. Davis has had success filling in for Charles in the past, but right now it seems like West is the back to own. However don't be surprised if Davis gets some work as well.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 5:15pm
Brown was listed as the No. 4 running back on the depth chart and was inactive on Sunday in the season opener. His release has made room for Marcell Dareus, who was activated after serving his one-game suspension.
The Bills traded a fourth-round pick in 2014 to acquire Brown from the Philadelphia Eagles, but he never panned out in Buffalo. He had trouble holding onto the ball and was not a reliable back for Rex Ryan and the Bills.
Q: How much was Karlos Williams ascending in training camp before his unspecified medical procedure?
Lynn: "Karlos was really ascending and he had kind of reached that No. 2 spot, in my opinion, at one point in training camp. And I just ... it was a good competition, because [Anthony Dixon] was out [with a calf injury], so it was basically between Karlos and Bryce Brown. And I thought Karlos kind of took control of that second spot for a little while there. But I've been very pleased with his growth and his development. The guy only played running back [at Florida State] for a year-and-a-half, and he came in here and he really listened and took the coaching. He's like a sponge. And I guess what I like about him is that he didn't have any bad habits to break, so he just does what you tell him to do. And you kind of like that in a player, you know?
Q: So ideally do you see Karlos sliding back into that No. 2 role, or Boobie continuing to push for it?
Lynn: "Absolutely. Boobie unfortunately didn't have a training camp. And so he didn't get to compete with those guys. I have a pretty good idea of what Boobie can do and what he can bring to the table, but it was unfortunate what happened to Karlos with the injury -- not necessarily the injury, but the medical condition -- so yeah, I'm gonna throw him right back in there where he left off."
It seems like the Bills think Williams will keep ascending back to the RB2 role he had before his procedure. Dixon is playing catch up at this point and Brown had more fumbles in the offseason that kind of bumped him down the depth chart. With McCoy already in question for Week 1, Williams is just an injury away from possibly being thrust into a RB1 role.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 12:20pm
It’s a Tuesday practice and it won’t be anything like the more physical practice that teams usually run on Thursdays, but almost all of the injured running backs and wide receivers on Buffalo’s roster were participating.
LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Boobie Dixon were all working through on the running back rotation during individual position drills. Bryce Brown had already returned in the team’s final preseason game.
Marquise Goodwin was the only injured receiver not participating.
Bills beat writer Mike Rodak on the Week 1 status of LeSean McCoy: "Well we certainly expect him to be ready to go, I hope," coach Rex Ryan said Monday. "If not then the next man has to step up. [Anthony Dixon] got a lot of reps out there today. Bryce Brown got a lot of reps today. So we will see. I am not going to put that all on one man. If he is not ready to go, he won’t be in there." If McCoy -- who did rehab work in practices Monday and Tuesday -- can't play in Week 1, then the Bills will most likely turn to Brown or Dixon as their primary ball carriers. In my view, the favorite for that job would be rookie Karlos Williams. The fifth-round pick might not be available for the opener -- he began rehab work Tuesday at practice after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure last month -- but down the road could be the better option to replace McCoy than Brown or Dixon.
Two things to note here: 1) McCoy may not play in Week 1 and it looks like the primary replacements would be Dixon and Brown, and 2) Rodak believes that, when healthy, Williams is the best option to back up McCoy. Williams is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
The Buffalo Bills have sustained several injuries to their deep group of players at running back, giving way to youth further down on the depth chart. Fred Jackson is sidelined with a hamstring injury while Anthony Dixon is also out with a calf ailment. Even LeSean McCoy has missed practice time.
In Jackson and Dixon's absence, Bryce Brown and rookie Karlos Williams have been asked to step up. For Brown, he's done just the opposite, fumbling three times in camp, one of which came during the team's scrimmage on Saturday. It was clear Rex Ryan took notice.
"The fumble was disappointing, to put it mildly," Ryan said via ESPN. "Because he was having a nice day, and then it was like ... every single team is going to be attacking that football. And you just can't have it. I don't care how many -- if you carry it 300 times, you have to hold on to that sucker. And that's what we're counting on as a team."
The quickest way to find yourself on the bench as a running back is to put the ball on the ground. Unsurprisingly, his fumbling issues have led Brown to tumble down the depth chart. In his place, the Bills will look to Williams to play a bigger role.
Brown has proved he's a talented back, but has had a fumbling issue dating back to his days with the Eagles. Williams is getting more work but likely still falls behind at least Jackson and McCoy when the games start. If injuries continue to be an issue, though, Williams could be a name to remember.
Bills coach Rex Ryan announced Friday that Jackson would miss a couple of weeks of practice with a hamstring injury. Hamstring injuries are notoriously tricky to recover from, especially ones that are serious enough to force a player out of action for weeks. The Bills have Bryce Brown and Boobie Dixon behind LeSean McCoy at running back, although Jackson had been taking the No. 2 team reps in camp thus far.
Running backs coach Anthony Lynn said he’d like to cut Jackson’s snaps/workload in half, so barring an injury to LeSean McCoy, don’t expect F-Jax to rack up 14-plus touches per game like he did in 2014. However, even if we slice his PPG in half (to 6.7 per game in PPR formats) and extrapolate over a full, 16-game season, we end up with RB4-type numbers. He has upside from there if anything happens to LeSean McCoy. We have a tough time believing that the Bills would cut Jackson after his versatile 1,026-yard season in 2014.
Even if Ryan Mathews was No. 2 to DeMarco Murray's No. 1, the distribution of carries is unlikely to be as disparate as it was with LeSean McCoy over the previous two seasons. McCoy logged more than 64 percent of the Eagles' carries. The closest a backup got to him was Bryce Brown's 15 percent of rushes in 2013.
Chip Kelly hasn't put a number on how he'll divvy up the touches. Darren Sproles is also part of the equation. But a 50-30-15 split among the top three running backs would be an early guess.
We currently project a 57-27-8 split among Murray, Mathews and Sproles, and it results in a lower-than-average ranking of Murray, at least in PPR formats. If it is indeed a 50-30-15 split, then Murray probably won't provide good return at his current draft position.
Bills RB Bryce Brown – who played in just seven games, rushing 36 times for 126 yards in 2014 – GM Doug Whaley said he’s got a “clean slate” with a new coaching staff led by Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
“We’re excited to see him come in with a clean slate like everybody else and perform like we think he should,” Whaley said.
It doesn't sound as if Whaley is particularly excited about Brown's prospects if C.J. Spiller walks this offseason.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Bills RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16. Spiller should serve as Fred Jackson’s primary backup, but don’t expect a huge workload. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon have combined for 12.0 touches in the last four games, so that would seem to be Spiller’s ceiling in his first game back from injury.
He was practicing with his teammates on Wednesday, much as he had for each of the past two weeks. The only difference now is he’s been medically cleared for contact. C.J. Spiller has not yet been added to the 53-man roster from his I-R Designated to return status, but it’s anticipated that will take place later in the week.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone liked the way Spiller performed in practice Wednesday.
“I’m not going to sit up here and see he didn’t look good. He looked good, but he’s still working his way back into the football part of it,” Marrone said.
The Bills are still alive in the playoff hunt, but they'll need some help to make the postseason. If Spiller does play, he probably won't have a big role in his first game back, though he could take over most of the touches that Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown have been getting in the last few weeks. They have combined for 12.0 touches in the last four weeks, so we would expect that would be Spiller's ceiling with Fred Jackson continue to carry the load as the team's primary back.
Marrone did not commit to having Spiller, who has been on injured reserve with a designation to return, play in Sunday's game at the Oakland Raiders.
"I'd like to see more participation before we make that decision," he said.
Spiller returned to practice on Dec. 3 after missing six weeks with a broken collarbone. The Bills had until Dec. 24 to decide whether to place him on their 53-man roster. If Spiller plays, it would likely mean Bryce Brown loses playing time and the Bills ride with Spiller, Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon.
Fred Jackson will play in Week 12. He was questionable all week with a groin injury so it's possible he's limited against the Jets, who rank sixth in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will likely factor in the game plan, but with the workload in question and a tough matchup, no one is really considered a safe play in this situation.
(New York conducted a walk-through on Saturday)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR T.J. Graham (neck), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), CB Darrin Walls (calf)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin), WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (hip), DE Manny Lawson (ankle), QB Kyle Orton (toe), RB Frank Summers (neck), G Kraig Urbik (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Bills RB Fred Jackson is questionable. He's indicated he's going to play, but with the game now Monday night he becomes a bit more risky. It's not a great matchup against the Jets rush defense, but either way owners will need to be prepared just in case Jackson doesn't go. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would at least be serviceable backups if needed. Also for the Bills, Watkins and Orton are probable.
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