Bryce Brown, the newest running back for the Buffalo Bills who was acquired via a trade in the middle of 2014 NFL Draft with the Philadelphia Eagles. This trade only went through after the Bills had reported interest in Ohio State Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde whom ultimately went to the San Francisco 49ers. Hyde would have been an excellent compliment to C.J. Spiller as Hyde is a 6-foot tall,230 pound power back.
While there isn’t much expectations in 2014 for the 23-year old Bryce Brown, his talent and potential are clearly there as he has the ability to be an extremely scary weapon. Brown at the 2012 combine ran a 4.38 second 40-yard dash time, which is only .01 seconds slower than Spiller’s time in 2009, and highlights of his abilities in Philadelphia can be seen here. In an ideal world for the Buffalo Bills this season the running game will go 40 percent to Spiller, 40 percent to Fred Jackson, 15 percent to Brown and the other five percent to Anthony Dixon, but more on him later.
With getting approximately 15 percent of the carries ideally in 2014, Bryce Brown could expect to get around 350-400 yards and a touchdown or two provided the two backs in front him him stay healthy all season long. The major cause of concern with Brown is is sometimes inability to handle the ball as he has had four fumbles in his first two NFL seasons, with them all being in his rookie campaign.
All and all, it should be interesting to see how the Bills use Bryce Brown in the offense in 2014 and beyond that. There might be a possibility where the team lines him and Spiller up in the backfield together. This would make opposing defenses choose which fast running back gets the ball and then E.J. Manuel shocks them by going over the top as teams would likely line up eight or nine guys in the box to contain the running attack.