Is this the year that Christian Wade makes the 53-man roster for the Buffalo Bills?
One of the fan favorites for the Buffalo Bills is running back Christian Wade, who joined the Bills in 2019. He was assigned to the team as part of the International Player Pathway Program that is run by the NFL.
The reason he is a fan favorite is that the former rugby player who is trying to make a career in the NFL made a big splash in his first year with the team. He got his first career carry in the final quarter of a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts and burst through the hole for a 65-yard touchdown.
Wade would follow that up the following week with a reception that went for 48 yards against the Carolina Panthers.
However, Christian Wade needed more time to learn the game and the running back position and spent the 2019 season, as well as the 2020 season, on the practice squad. The question is has he made enough improvement to be a member of the 53-man roster this season?
Position: Running Back
Weight: 196 pounds
Years of Experience: 1
Christian Wade spent the entire season on the practice squad and was not active for any games in 2020.
Expectations for the 2021 season with the Buffalo Bills
The challenge for Christian Wade is that the Buffalo Bills have typically kept only four running backs on the 53-man roster. In this scenario, there isn’t a clear player that he could surpass on the depth chart currently.
The Buffalo Bills have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss at the top, and after using third round picks on them in consecutive years, it is hard to imagine they move on from either. The Bills also have Taiwan Jones, who doesn’t contribute much on offense but is a key part of the special teams unit and should be on the roster this year.
This then leaves that final spot up for grabs between Wade, Antonio Williams, and Matt Breida. At this point, Breida would have to be the favorite since he is the veteran and possesses speed that no other running back on the roster does.
However, Christian Wade is basically an unknown after fans haven’t seen him play in two years and he could be a great surprise in the preseason that makes us re-evaluate his chances in 2021.