Buffalo Bills 2022 Free Agent Profile: Running Back Matt Breida

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Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills wanted to add speed to the running back position. They would look to free agent Matt Breida, who they signed to a one-year deal. However, he got limited playing time and Buffalo likely will go in a different direction this offseason. Let’s take a look at his career and what he was able to do last year with the Buffalo Bills.

Career Overview

Matt Breida entered the NFL in 2017 as an undrafted free agent after signing with the San Francisco 49ers. He had a promising rookie season with 645 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns.

Breida would continue to be a big part of the 49ers’ offense the next two seasons with over 1,700 yards from scrimmage and seven total touchdowns in that stretch. He would be traded during the 2020 NFL Draft to the Miami Dolphins but didn’t find the same success after playing only 19% of the offensive snaps.

2021 Season Recap

Breida would leave in free agency but stay within the division by signing with the Buffalo Bills. However, he didn’t move up the depth chart much and spent most of the year behind Singletary and Zack Moss.

In Week 10, and with the Bills looking for some answers on offense, Breida got a chance to play and made an impact. From Week 10 to Week 12, he would have 172 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.

As the season went on, the opportunities diminished and he would have six touches over the final eight games, including being inactive for four of them.

Should the Buffalo Bills re-sign Matt Breida?

The running back position is certainly interesting for the Buffalo Bills because they could go in a number of different directions with it. The direction they take hinges a lot on Devin Singletary and how they envision him moving forward in this offense.

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By the time training camp starts, the Bills are likely to add another running back, either in free agency or the NFL Draft. However, it would be surprising if that running back was Matt Breida. He certainly did good things for this offense when given the chance but the front office likely will be looking for more of a game-changer this offseason.