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Countdown to Bills Camp: Running Backs

LeSean McCoy's status makes the team's depth more important than ever

July 26, 2018 - 1:41 am

Derek Kramer
@DerekKramerWGR


Practices for Buffalo Bills training camp get started on Thursday from St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York!

Our countdown to Bills camp ends with two more positions, but first, here's what we've went over so far: 

Next up: 


THE RUNNING BACKS 

The Bills are fortunate to have had one of the more dynamic runners in the NFL in LeSean McCoy over the past three seasons.

McCoy led the team last year in not only rushing yards and touchdowns, but also led the team in receptions. McCoy has not only been the Bills' best offensive player, but the main reason the Bills offense provided any excitement last season.

Outside of McCoy, Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy are the returning depth pieces. Cadet is a solid piece to help in the passing game, while Murphy played well in his one appearance last season.


NOTABLE DEPARTURES: 

The Bills may have gotten a version of addition by subtraction at running back after the team let backup running back Mike Tolbert go after the season. While Tolbert's struggles were noteworthy, part of his struggles had to do with former offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's system. But Tolbert's absence will likely not be missed by this team. 


NOTABLE ADDITIONS: 

Buffalo needed a new backup at running back, so the team signed Chris Ivory away from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ivory is another back who is known more for power and running between the tackles. Ivory will look to bounce back after two below-average seasons in Jacksonville, where Ivory averaged less than 4.0 yards per-carry after averaging 5.1 yards per-carry with the New Orleans Saints and 4.3 yards per-carry with the New York Jets. 


WHAT TO EXPECT: 

Buffalo is waiting on McCoy's off-field issue to be finished in its investigation, with nothing new coming to the front as of yet.

McCoy has reported to training camp and will practice as usual. He will be relied upon in order to aid a Bills offense that has major questions in the passing game. If McCoy is suspended by the NFL (players have sometimes been handed suspensions despite no wrongdoing in a court of law), the Bills would need to rely on Ivory and Cadet to keep the running game afloat. 

It's too soon to see if anything will happen to McCoy, but if he remains with the team all season, he should be able to get another 1,000-yard season for the team, even with the extra attention that defenses give to him and an offensive line that is a bit unproven. If McCoy ends up missing a couple of games, it will be imperative for the Bills to get production from Ivory and Cadet. If they can't step up, it will be a long season for the Bills offense. 


Up next: Quarterbacks

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