2019 Buffalo Bills Roster Outlook: The running backs

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Pat DiMarco can stay

The infatuation with signing fullbacks to long-term deals in Buffalo has always made me angry. It has symbolized that the team wants to run the ball and commit to the run in a league where passing reigns supreme and the amount of the time a fullback is actually on the field is minimal.

This year I have come to appreciate the position, thanks to Pat DiMarco. He contributes on special teams, works his tail off and was ready when called upon in the Detroit Lions game. I can appreciate a guy that is always prepared and is willing to give his all to the team.

If McCoy and Ivory were no longer to be on the team and the Bills drafted a running back as well as signed one, the team would need a leader in the room. DiMarco is currently a team captain and his leadership could certainly help a young running back room.

While his contributions rarely show up on the stat sheet, DiMarco has shared a captaincy with the likes of Lorenzo Alexander and Kyle Williams. With the departure of the latter, DiMarco can serve as an important leader on the offensive side of the ball and help build up a young offense.

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There is no real reason to move on from DiMarco. Cutting him would only save a little over $1 million and you would have to go acquire another fullback to learn the offense for close to the same price. DiMarco has established himself as a leader and plays his role extremely well. Keeping him would be the right move.