Updated Buffalo Bills Depth Chart: Where does James Cook fit?

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Where does James Cook fit on the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart at running back?

The running back position is interesting and one position that will have plenty of attention this offseason. The Buffalo Bills have a lot of players but not enough spots for all of them.

The team drafted James Cook in the second round and he joins a group that has last year’s starter Devin Singletary, 2020 third round pick Zack Moss and veteran Duke Johnson, who the team signed as a free agent this offseason. They also have Taiwan Jones, who is technically a running back but is almost exclusively a special teams contributor.

Over the years, the Bills have typically only kept four running backs on the 53-man roster with Taiwan Jones being one of those running backs. However, on game day the Bills have made one of those running backs inactive with that role being split between Matt Breida and Zack Moss last year.

Predicting the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart at running back with James Cook

Starter: Devin Singletary

Backups: James Cook, Duke Johnson, Zack Moss, Taiwan Jones (special teams)

The top of the depth chart should remain the same from last year with Devin Singletary remaining the primary ball carrier for this offense. He finished the year very well and had 19 or more carries in three of the final four regular season games.

However, he will likely lose some snaps to James Cook who should step in as the third down back, and one who will likely get 10-15 touches a game but a majority of that work will be as a receiver.

After these two, I have Duke Johnson who will be a veteran running back for this group that really could be the backup to either Singletary or Cook. He likely would be the running back who is inactive on game day.

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If this happens, it means that Zack Moss may have a tough time to make the 53-man roster and could be a trade candidate or one of the final cuts before the start of the season.