Yeldon carried three times for 18 yards and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's win over the Rams. Yeldon, a healthy scratch the first two weeks, was asked to suit up as the No. 2 running back with Zack Moss out with a toe injury. The 6.0 yards per carry is nice, but the 2015 second-rounder simply hasn't seen enough volume to be a factor for years. Still, the Bills have an effective running game, and Yeldon was one injury away from having a meaningful role in the attack Sunday. One thing he does do well is catch the ball out of the backfield, but the team uses wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie more in that short-area role.
Yeldon will be inactive for Sunday's game in Miami, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Yeldon was inactive last week as well, a situation that could continue until/unless Devin Singletary or Zack Moss suffers an injury. Taiwan Jones is a far better special teams player than Yeldon and could be used as an emergency RB if needed.
Yeldon survived the Bills' roster cutdown Saturday and looks to begin the season as the team's No. 3 running back. Taiwan Jones also made the team, but he's more of a special-teams ace, and it will be Yeldon who should see the field as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Note that the Bills seem to tweak the bottom of their roster more than the average team, so Yeldon is no sure thing to last the entire season. The Bills are already planning a visit with veteran cut Lamar Miller.
Yeldon has a new teammate in the running back corps after the Bills drafted Utah's Zack Moss in the third round of this weekend's draft. Moss won't really be competing with Yeldon per se, since the former is a lock to make the team as a high draft pick and can already be considered the No. 2 guy behind Devin Singletary. The Buffalo brass has been singing Yeldon's praises this offseason, however, even though he didn't do much in his first season with the team, running for just 63 yards on 17 carries and catching 13 balls for 124 yards. Yeldon and Singletary are the two best receiving options in the RB room, but Yeldon isn't much of a special teams player, which should ensure a spot goes to Taiwan Jones. In the end, it might come down to a battle between Yeldon and ex-rugby star Christian Wade for one of the team's final roster spots.
Yeldon (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans. Yeldon played in just six games this season, so it's not much of a surprise to see him as a healthy inactive in this pivotal contest. Expect Devin Singletary and Frank Gore to see the majority of the opportunities out of the backfield Saturday.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||32||35.00|
|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||20||21.00|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||26||23.00|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||12||16.33|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||3||10.33|
|13||12/07||@San Francisco 49ers||5||11.00|
|16||12/28||@New England Patriots||12||16.33|
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|3 Year Avg||57||243||1||33||278||1||61|