Devin Singletary will be part of a crowded backfield in Buffalo this season with Zack Moss and Matt Breida, and Singletary should be considered just a reserve Fantasy option in most leagues. He is only worth drafting with a mid-round pick at best in most formats. Training camp will likely determine if Singletary starts, but the Bills will rely on all three running backs when healthy. In ranking Buffalo's backfield, plan on drafting Moss first, then Singletary and then Breida. But this isn't the ideal situation for these guys since Buffalo is a high-volume passing attack with a quarterback in Josh Allen who also uses his legs. Singletary did excel in two of three games that Moss missed in 2020 due to injury, scoring at least 16 PPR points in those outings, but he also had 10 games with nine PPR points or less for the year. Barring an injury to Moss and/or Breida, it will be tough to trust Singletary as a starting Fantasy option in most leagues this year.
Singletary appears to be in excellent shape during the first few days of training camp after working on strength and speed throughout the offseason, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. Said coach Sean McDermott, "I'm seeing a young man now that has taken the offseason and attacked it head on. He's in a great spot physically, it looks like at this point. I'm anxious to see him out here but what I saw towards the tail end of the spring, I was impressed with the areas that he was trying to be intentional about working on his weaknesses. And I think that says a lot about the young man." The third-year back has had his ups and downs during his first two seasons, and if there's one knock on Singletary it's that he's lacked an extra burst once breaking through the line of scrimmage. It appears he's committed to changing that, though it's also worth noting that Zack Moss, Singletary's competition for carries, seems to be quickly moving past his offseason ankle surgery. We'll add a final reminder that quarterback Josh Allen has a nose for scoring rushing touchdowns, with 25 of them in his three NFL seasons compared to Singletary's four in his two years. Singletary can be considered the No. 1 right now, and it seems like he's well ahead of Moss in terms of game shape, but there's plenty more to come that will shape what the backfield distribution looks like come Week 1.
Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has stated that he'll go with the hot hand when assigning playing time between Singletary and Zack Moss, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. "Whoever's back there is playing good," Daboll said. "Sometimes that happens. Let's say you're in a game and you just get a sense one guy's got it going a little bit more than the other guy and that's the guy you ride with a little bit." Singletary is reportedly in fantastic shape following an offseason of hard work, while Moss is coming off offseason ankle surgery but expects to be close to 100 percent for training camp. It's anyone's guess as to whether Singletary or Moss will provide the better value in 2021. Moss is a much bigger back than his teammate and has the ability to earn more between-the-tackle and goal-line runs, while Singletary has more experience, isn't coming off an injury, and has apparently used the offseason to get himself into great shape while Moss has been busy rehabbing.
Singletary says he's gained a bit of extra speed this offseason after working with a personal trainer in South Florida, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Said trainer Nick Hicks: "We didn't sit there and try to make him into 100 meter sprinter. We just tried to make him, I guess two-tenths, three-tenths faster than what he what he what he was coming back in. We literally left no stone unturned this offseason, so yes he's going to be way faster, way more explosive than the Devin Singletary you guys are used to. Motor's got a motor now." Singletary, while shifty and excellent in small spaces, has really lacked breakaway speed as an NFL running back (he ran a 4.66 40 at the combine a few years ago), so even if the story is a bit overblown this can only be a good thing for the third-year running back. The Florida Atlantic product will be competing in camp with Zack Moss and newcomer Matt Breida for carries, though between perhaps the hint of extra speed to go with the fact that Moss still isn't able to practice following ankle surgery, the offseason news seems favorable toward Singletary's quest to gain as large a share as possible. That said, Singletary isn't much of a touchdown threat with just four rushing scores over his first two seasons. Plus, quarterback Josh Allen frequently takes away scores from the entire running back crew.
The Bills did not select a running back with any of their eight selections in the 2021 NFL Draft to compete with Singletary and others for playing time. Buffalo, picking near the end of the first round, never had a chance at Najee Harris or Travis Etienne, nor are we sure the team would have even chosen a running back had it had the chance. As it stands, Singletary is still at the top of the Bills' depth chart, but none of the options have the look of a feature back at this stage of their careers, and he'll compete with Zack Moss and newcomer Matt Breida -- plus anyone else the team might bring in -- to try to garner his share of the playing time in what's expected to be a high-powered offense once again.
Singletary carried six times for 17 yards and caught two of three targets for nine yards Sunday in the Bills' 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Singletary received the opportunity to work as the Bills' lead man out of the backfield for the team's final two playoff games while Zack Moss (ankle) was sidelined, but the Florida Atlantic product was mainly an afterthought in Buffalo's pass-happy offense. He logged just 13 carries between the Bills' divisional-round win over the Ravens and the loss to Kansas City, mustering only 42 yards. Assuming he experiences no complications in his recovery from offseason ankle surgery, Moss should open 2021 as Option 1A on the ground, relegating Singletary to more of a change-of-pace role.
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|3||09/26||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|5||10/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|10||11/14||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|12||11/25||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|13||12/06||New England Patriots||21||18.88|
|14||12/12||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|16||12/26||@New England Patriots||21||18.88|
|18||01/09||New York Jets||20||18.00|
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