I hope you’re not sick of hearing 2017 third-rounder Alvin Kamara being liken to Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles. The comparisons will continue, and a red-zone drill session like the one he produced during Saturday’s training camp practice will keep the mentions alive.
The first-year tailback took two consecutive plays into the end zone against the first-team defense to give opposing defenses a glimpse of what might be coming their way during the regular season.
Kamara lined up as the single back behind Drew Brees. The play looked like it was supposed to go up the gut. The hole didn’t exist. Kamara improvised and bounced around the left edge of the offensive line. No one was catching Kamara as he scampered into the end zone.
Kamara lined up in the same spot on the play. Brees gave Kamara a playaction fake to the right. Kamara took his route to out the backfield to the route and made the reception. The Saints tailback then fought through a hit from A.J. Klein around the 2-yard line and dove into the end zone with an outreached arm for the score.
It appears that Kamara will take over as the team's passing down back, a role that has been filled by Sproles and Travaris Cadet in the last few years. He's a sleeper in PPR formats, but with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson in the same offense, Kamara is going to have a tough time getting many carries.
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Bills RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring, out) missed practice again Friday and is out for Week 12. With Gillislee out, LeSean McCoy should see a big workload against the Jaguars. Jonathan Williams and Reggie Bush are the backups.
LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), RB Reggie Bush (groin), TE Charles Clay (knee), T Cordy Glenn (ankle), LB Jerry Hughes (hand), RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring), LB Lerentee McCray (knee), WR Robert Woods (foot)
T Bradley Sowell (knee)
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 8. He aggravated his hamstring injury and couldn’t finish Week 7, so we doubt he plays this week. Mike Gillislee is a Sneaky Start in his absence, but the Bills’ vaunted running game disappeared against the Dolphins last week. Gillislee is dealing with a foot injury, but should be able to play. Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams are the next men up.
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Bills RB Mike Gillislee (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. We’d feel better about Gillislee if he didn’t have this foot injury and/or was practicing fully, but he should see most of the touches if he’s active. Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams are the next men up. The Bills play early on Sunday.
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:49pm
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. He aggravated his hamstring injury and couldn’t finish Week 7, so we doubt he plays this week, though Jason La Canfora is calling him 50/50 to play. Mike Gillislee is a Sneaky Start in his absence, but the Bills’ vaunted running game disappeared against the Dolphins last week. Gillislee is dealing with a foot injury, but should be able to play. Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams are the next men up.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. He aggravated his hamstring injury and couldn’t finish Week 7, so we doubt he plays this week. Mike Gillislee is a Sneaky Start in his absence, but the Bills’ vaunted running game disappeared against the Dolphins last week. Gillislee is dealing with a foot injury, but should be able to play. Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams are the next men up.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm
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.
Williams played really well as a rookie, rushing for 5.6 YPC while scoring nine total touchdowns. He showed up to camp overweight and HC Rex Ryan said that he wouldn’t give up on the second-year player. A couple of weeks later, he gets cut. Mike Gillislee figures to serve as LeSean McCoy’s direct backup. Jonathan Williams and Reggie Bush are also in the mix. Owners should keep an eye on where Williams lands, but he's facing a four-game suspension (substance abuse) wherever that happens to be.
The next phase of Reggie Bush's career will take place in Buffalo.
Bush will sign a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Buffalo Bills that comes after he visited with the team and passed his physical, a source with knowledge of the deal told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. He likely will practice with the team Tuesday, Rapoport added.
Coach Rex Ryan, always a fan of piling on talented veterans, couldn't resist the temptation to sign the former Heisman Trophy winner. Bush, who recently turned 31, made it through five games last year in San Francisco, rushing eight times for 28 yards.
The Bills are looking for a backup to LeSean McCoy with Karlos Williams reportedly out of shape but also suspended the first four games. McCoy has ankle issues and could get limited camp reps. The plan is for Bush to get them through the summer and early fall, the story said. Mike Gillisee and Jonathan Williams should also be involved. Bush could have some PPR value however McCoy is also a very good back out of the backfield, so Bush's overall fantasy value appears limited.
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.
Monday, July 11, 2016, 5:54pm
Asked if a reunion could be in the works for this off season, Payton said it was not likely.
"I don't know if our roster is going to allow for that right now," he said.
"It almost happened a year ago," Payton said. "We actually had dinner out here. It got close and never finalized itself. I'm sure he's going to play this year."
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