Mike Tolbert remains a free agent this offseason, and he will look to sign with a team as a reserve running back. He was the No. 2 option in Buffalo in 2017, but he only had one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league and just two games with double digits in carries. At 32, Tolbert wants to keep his NFL career going, but he won't make a Fantasy impact in 2018. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
Tolbert indicated this week that he'd like to continue his playing career, Jadon Ceravolo of the Bills' official site reports. "I definitely have. I've got a lot of good football left in me, so we'll see what happens," said the veteran. "Obviously, I was on a one-year deal here and my contract is up." Tolbert is a backup at best at this stage of his career, and even though his career traces back with coach Sean McDermott to Carolina, his production may have lacked enough (247 rushing yards, 3.7 yards per carry, one touchdown) that the Bills might be looking for more in the No. 2 and No. 3 running back spots, especially with starter LeSean McCoy soon crossing over the other side of 30. We'll see if the team gives him one more go-round, or if Tolbert is forced to find a specialty role with another franchise.
Tolbert's teammate LeSean McCoy (ankle) is active for Sunday's playoff game in Jacksonville. Tolbert had one of his better games amid a poor season during the team's big Week 17 win following the in-game injury to McCoy, rushing for 39 yards on just seven carries. With McCoy planning on giving it a full go Sunday and Marcus Murphy in the mix, Tolbert remains an unlikely source for meaningful production.
Tolbert carried seven times for 39 yards in Sunday's win over Miami while catching one of two targets for six yards. Tolbert finishes the regular season with 247 rushing yards on 66 carries (3.7 average) while tacking on 78 yards through the air on 14 catches. While his leadership helped in the locker room, he failed to look like the old bowling ball we've seen in the past and was a significant step down whenever LeSean McCoy needed a breather. Tolbert was also originally through to be a goal-line option, but only found paydirt once all season. With McCoy nursing an ankle injury and a question mark for Sunday's playoff game in Jacksonville, Tolbert could have more of a role than expected, though newcomer Marcus Murphy would likely see action as well if McCoy can't rally to play.
Tolbert carried the ball three times for minus-three yards and caught one of two targets for 11 yards during Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Tolbert might have had even less action had Travaris Cadet not gotten carted off the field with an ankle injury. Cadet, however, is done for the season, so Tolbert could be sprinkled into the game plan next week against the Dolphins. Given that it's a do-or-die situation for the Bills, however, you can expect LeSean McCoy to rarely come off the field, as there's almost no situation where Tolbert presents a better option than Shady right now, as Tolbert simply can't spring himself loose at this stage of his career and doesn't run over people like he used to. The Bills have given Tolbert his fair share of chances, but he has just one rushing TD all season to go with 3.5 yards per carry.
Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said his decision between Tolbert and Travaris Cadet for the No. 2 running back role could change on a week-to-week basis, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. One week after returning from a hamstring injury to take six carries for 32 yards, Tolbert was a surprise healthy scratch for Sunday's 24-16 win over the Dolphins. A Week 16 matchup against the Patriots would also seem to favor Cadet's receiving prowess over Tolbert's size, but the Bills could make another surprising decision or simply keep both players active. Regardless, everything points to another huge workload for LeSean McCoy.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/16||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||17||17.47|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||24||18.50|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||17||17.47|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||54||206||1||14||101||1||42|