Keith Ford is looking for a job this summer after he was cut by Buffalo in May. He appeared in two games for the Bills in 2018 and combined for 24 touches for 100 yards. Keep an eye on where he ends up, but he has minimal Fantasy value in most leagues and is not worth drafting in any format.
Ford was cut by the Bills on Monday. Ford appeared in two games for Buffalo last season, including as the starting back for the Bills' Week 16 loss to New England -- the Texas A&M product was the team's leading rusher with seven carries for 33 yards. That would be Ford's last game in a Bills uniform, as he was a healthy scratch for Week 17. With Buffalo adding Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon in free agency, there just wasn't any room for Ford on the roster. The Bills also released Chris Ivory in late March.
Ford will be a healthy inactive for the season finale Sunday against the Dolphins. This comes as a bit of a surprise since Ford has taken 21 carries the last two games and the Bills have wanted to give him as many looks as feasible with an eye toward next season. With Chris Ivory (shoulder) ready to play again, the Bills will go with two veteran backs Sunday, with LeSean McCoy leading the way as the team tries to end its season on a winning note.
Ford rushed seven times for 33 yards and added two catches for 14 yards on four targets in Sunday's 24-12 loss to New England. Ford got the start at running back with coach Sean McDermott punishing LeSean McCoy for a "situation" between the two, and even though McCoy returned to lead back duties to begin Buffalo's second drive, Ford still ended up outplaying the declining veteran. If injury issues persist in Buffalo's backfield, Ford could once again find himself handling a handful of touches against the Dolphins in Week 17.
Ford is listed as the backup to LeSean McCoy in advance of Sunday's matchup against New England. Ford made his season debut in Week 15, collecting 14 carries on 41 offensive snaps in a week where much of the backfield was sidelined due to injury. While McCoy is back in the mix and listed as the starter, Ford is the only other healthy true running back on the active roster, as Chris Ivory (shoulder) is inactive and Marcus Murphy (elbow) was placed on IR this week.
Coach Sean McDermott said Friday the team will decide in the upcoming day about playing time for LeSean McCoy (hamstring), Chris Ivory (shoulder) and Ford during Sunday's game in New England, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports. It looks like the two veterans have overcome their injuries and will play against the division rival, but the coaching staff has been saying all along that they would like to keep giving Ford some looks, so expect the rookie to see at least a handful of carries. That said, unless the Bills sit McCoy completely, it's hard to rely on a relative unknown that might be third in the pecking order against a heavily favored Patriots squad.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||23||19.88|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||18||17.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||21||79||0||3||21||0||9|