Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:33pm
Last Sunday, Bills RB Reggie Bush was active and healthy but never entered the Bills' 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Instead, the Bills turned to Mike Gillislee and rookie fifth-round pick Jonathan Williams to take a total of six carries behind LeSean McCoy.
Bush's disappearance from the offense is a development that would seemingly put the veteran's job in jeopardy when the Bills must clear two 53-man roster spots when defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson return from four-game substance-abuse suspensions next week.
Terrance West stole the show in Monday night's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium with his big runs. Kenneth Dixon became the star of Saturday night's workout before 25,000 at the stadium with his open-field moves.
The one Baltimore Ravens running back that few are talking about this training camp is the one who has led the team in rushing the last two seasons. Justin Forsett finds himself in the peculiar position of being atop the depth chart while flying under the radar.
"Justin is quietly having an excellent camp," coach John Harbaugh said.
Forsett's 1,907 yards rushing the last two seasons are the eighth-most in the NFL. But unlike some of the others ahead of him on that list -- DeMarco Murray, LeSean McCoy and Le'Veon Bell -- Forsett hasn't been guaranteed a starting spot.
Harbaugh declined to name his No. 1 running back in February, and the Ravens drafted a running back in the fourth round for the third straight year. That put a huge question mark at the running back position for the offseason and training camp.
What Forsett has working for him is the best track record in this running back group. Since Forsett surprisingly filled Ray Rice's starting spot in 2014, his 22 runs over 20 yards (first), 4.9-yard rushing average (fifth) and 2,323 yards from scrimmage all rank in the top 10 among running backs the last two seasons. He is five years older than any back on the roster, the story said, and those other guys are all just making bigger plays right now. If the trend continues, it's hard not to see this turning into a committee or hot-hand situation.
Via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, the Bills have confirmed the veteran running back is visiting with the team today.
Bush would provide immediate cover for Karlos Williams‘ four-game suspension, and potentially replace him in the backup role when he returns, depending on what kind of shape he’s in.
Bush can be used in the passing game, but isn't really a true backup to McCoy the way Williams can be. Bush has had his share of injuries as well. We'll keep an eye on Bush situation as well as what may or may not happen with Williams being out of shape and suspended.
This was the last outstanding piece of information about this situation -- would the NFL take any action? It appears that they won't. Last year, McCoy finished #17 in standard formats and #19 in PPR, but was a low-end RB1 in both formats on a per game basis since he only played 12 games. He averaged 19.6 touches for 98.9 total yards per game, and should continue to see that type of workload as he enters his age 28 season.
It looks like McCoy is in the clear. Last year, he finished #17 in standard formats and #19 in PPR, but was a low-end RB1 in both formats on a per game basis since he only played 12 games. He averaged 19.6 touches for 98.9 total yards per game, and should continue to see that type of workload as he enters his age 28 season.
Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor said the attorney general's office will take another look into Bills running back LeSean McCoy's alleged involvement in a bar fight with two off-duty police officers in February.
“I think it’s completely accurate to say LeSean McCoy and anyone else allegedly involved in this incident are not totally cleared,” Castor said to CBS Philly.
The Philadelphia district attorney declined to prosecute, but the state attorney general will take another look at the case. McCoy is not completely out of the woods at this point.
Related players: Karlos Williams
This is obviously great news for McCoy owners (not so much for Karlos Williams owners), as McCoy should be fully available for the 2016 season. Last year, McCoy finished #17 in standard formats and #19 in PPR, but was a low-end RB1 in both formats on a per game basis since he only played 12 games. He averaged 19.6 touches for 98.9 total yards per game, and should continue to see that type of workload as he enters his age 28 season. He's been going in the early 4th round in recent drafts, but his ADP should climb into the 3rd if he manages to avoid charges and suspension this summer.
The Philadelphia district attorney is expected to announce McCoy will face no charges related to the brawl, which took place in a Philadelphia nightclub on Feb. 7, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.
The story went on to say Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams defended the ongoing investigation back at one point, saying "My only goal is to get it right, not fast. The last thing we need is a rush to judgment." According to FOX Sports NFL insider Mike Garafolo, the decision will leave some people notably displeased as several off-duty police officers suffered multiple injuries in the altercation. McCoy could still suffer some sort of punishment from the NFL for the incident, but this is going about as well as could be expected for McCoy owners at this point.
A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were injured in a fight with four black men, aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Police did not identify the four suspects, but a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to ESPN's Mark Schwarz and The Associated Press that McCoy, who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the men under investigation. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
Related players: Karlos Williams
McCoy's offseason is not off to a good start. Depending on how this plays out, he could be suspended for part of the 2016 season. Karlos Williams is waiting in the wings.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. McCoy is looking iffy with the knee injury, so Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee will once again share the work in the Buffalo backfield. Williams out-touched Gillislee 19-to-11 in Week 16, but Gillislee outgained Williams 109-to-97.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (knee) did not practice Wednesday. McCoy is looking very iffy with the knee injury, so Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee will once again share the work in the Buffalo backfield. Williams out-touched Gillislee 19-to-11 in Week 16, but Gillislee outgained Williams 109-to-97.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. This leaves Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee sharing the Buffalo backfield. The Bills website believes that Williams will start and Gillislee will serve as a “complement.” Williams is still on the injury report with a shoulder injury and he was out-touched and out-snapped by Gillislee last week.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Bills RB Karlos Williams (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Williams is the obvious choice to replace the likely-out LeSean McCoy, but he’s still dealing with a shoulder injury and Mike Gillislee is averaging 10.4 YPC (on 14 carries) since joining the Bills. This could be more of a timeshare than people think.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
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