Bills 2022 training camp positional battles: Running back

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The Buffalo Bills running back room is an interesting place right now. Each of the rushers has the potential to contribute meaningfully in different ways.

There are only so many snaps to go around and with four talented players, new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey will have some difficult choices to make moving forward.

Devin Singletary enters 2022 as the lead back. He has been solid in three seasons in Buffalo, averaging 165 rushing attempts and 777.3 rushing yards.

Singletary does a little bit of everything well, consistently working forward. He isn’t the fastest player or shiftiest, but Singletary has worked to move the chains.

Singletary will be pushed by free agent signing Duke Johnson and second-round pick James Cook. Both players are solid receiving backs.

Cook has the speed to put additional pressure on defenses, which could give him an edge. Even speed, speed by itself will not get a player on the field, as seen with Buffalo’s usage of  Matt Breida.

Rounding out the running backs is Zack Moss. Moss, a third-round pick at the 2020 NFL draft, was brought in to be the power back for the Bills. However, Moss has seen his touches dwindle as the season progresses.

It will be a big training camp for Moss, as he pushes for a role in Buffalo’s offense.

The Bills also have Taiwan Jones, who is listed as a running back but will play exclusively on special teams. The Bills have brought in a veteran in each of the past few seasons (TJ Yeldon, Matt Breida) who has not seen a great deal of playing time.

In addition, Singletary is entering the final year of his contract.

The challenge for Dorsey will be figuring out how to maximize the production of the running back room while managing the touches to keep players content.

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