Buffalo Bills’ running back Devin Singletary should be in line for a big 2020 if a recent article on Bleacher Report is correct.
Brad Gagnon, identified a player at each position that should breakout and limited the list to players that are in their second, third or fourth season, has not received any Pro Bowl or All-Pro selections or reached the key stat benchmark for their position. This could be either 1,000 receiving or rushing yards, double digit sacks for a defensive end or a similar stat.
"Among 29 NFL running backs with at least 150 carries in 2019, Devin Singletary of the Buffalo Bills ranked No. 1 with a yards-per-attempt average of 5.13.The 2019 third-round pick looked strong all season, but his opportunities were limited by the presence of veteran workhorse Frank Gore. But Gore hasn’t been re-signed, and it looks as though the Bills are ready to let Singletary loose in 2020.“If we want him to be the workload guy, I think he could definitely do it,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane recently told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “I think Year 2 is going to be better for him.”"
Singletary was a third round pick by the Buffalo Bills in last year’s NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic. He was slowed to start the year after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2 against the New York Giants. However, once he returned he quickly became the primary running back, overtaking Frank Gore on the depth chart.
Even with missing four games, and only starting eight games for the Bills, he still had one of the best seasons of a rookie running back for this franchise since 2007. He finished the year with 775 rushing yards, 194 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.
While Gagnon notes that the team didn’t re-sign Frank Gore, there is still a good chance the Bills will add another running back. This could happen in either next week’s NFL Draft or with one of the free agents still available.
However, this shouldn’t limit Singletary’s opportunities and he should remain the featured running back in this offense. By adding another running back to help shoulder some of the load, it should keep the second-year running back fresh and more effective when he does get his touches.