Singletary could be in for some competition for carries in 2020 after the Bills selected Utah's Zack Moss in the third round Friday. For Singletary's sake, we suppose that's better than the team bringing in a top free agent such as Todd Gurley, but Moss was a top-five running back in several prospect rankings and he'll pose a serious threat for carries if he gets his career off to a good start. That said, Singletary did nothing but shine after passing Frank Gore on the depth chart last season, and with perhaps a shortened summer for Moss to get up to speed with his new team, Singletary should still head into the season as the No. 1 back. Moss, however, has enough of a pedigree to make this a 1A-1B setup along the same lines that many other teams in the league operate under.
Singletary rushed 13 times for 58 yards and caught six passes for a team-high 76 yards in Saturday's 22-19 overtime playoff loss to Houston. Singletary was the Bills' top offensive weapon aside from quarterback Josh Allen in this one, finding plenty of room to operate on the ground and as a receiver against the Texans' porous defense. The third-round draft pick finished the regular season with 775 yards and two touchdowns, but most of his numbers came in the second half of the season, when he tallied 603 rushing yards over the final eight games as the team's lead back. Singletary's 5.1 yards per carry were tops amongst qualified running backs this season. The 21-year-old is in prime position for a true breakout in 2020, especially if veteran Frank Gore -- who cut into the rookie's touches significantly this year -- departs via free agency or decides to retire.
Singletary is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets. John Brown, Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox will also sit this one out, with the Bills locked into their No. 5 playoff seed.
Singletary rushed 15 times for 46 yards in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He also added one reception for two yards. Despite Frank Gore not recording a touch for the first time this season, Singletary was limited as the Bills possessed the ball for just 21 minutes. Even when he did get touches, Singletary averaged only 3.1 yards per carry, with his longest gain going for 12 yards. Though Singletary has shown flashes as a receiver throughout his rookie campaign, he was lightly used through the air for the second consecutive week. He'll look to end the season on a stronger note as the Bills take on the Jets in Week 17, though he may not receive a full allotment of playing time with the Bills' playoff positioning locked in.
Singletary rushed 21 times for 87 yards and caught both of his targets for two yards in Sunday's 17-10 win over Pittsburgh. Singletary led the Bills' backfield in carries by a decent margin for consecutive weeks, firmly cementing his starting role after playing under the shadow of veteran Frank Gore for the first half of the season. The rookie has displayed big-play ability all year, falling below a 4.0 yards per carry mark just once (Week 7 against Miami). Singletary will face a tough matchup against the Patriots' stout run defense next week, so his ceiling may be a bit lower than in recent weeks. It's worth noting the rookie fumbled twice in the contest -- equaling his previous total for the entire season -- and lost one of them.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|3 Year Avg||151||775||2||29||194||2||118|