Buffalo Bills could replace Devin Singletary with this Senior Bowl RB

Buffalo Bills, Chris Rodriguez (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills, Chris Rodriguez (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Buffalo Bills general Manager Brandon Beane has his work cut out for him over the 2023 offseason.

Impending free agents like Jordan Poyer and Tremaine Edmunds headline the Bills’ 2023 free agency class, and although the NFL salary cap was just raised for the coming year, Buffalo is still projected over the cap at the moment.

Another free agent of theirs is running back Devin Singletary, who is coming off his rookie deal signed back in 2019. In four seasons with the Bills, Singletary has over 3,100 rushing yards and 971 receiving yards, giving him an average of over 1,000 yards from scrimmage each season he’s been with the team.

But, they could opt to let him go and replace him with a cheaper option in this year’s draft. One such option is a guy who could turn heads at this weekend’s 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl, Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez.

The Buffalo Bills could replace Devin Singletary with Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez, a 2023 Senior Bowl participant

With James Cook set to be the more versatile, quicker, pass-catching back, the Bills could pair him with Rodriguez, whose style is a bit different. Let’s just say he’s a downhill runner.


Rodriguez has made a name for himself in the Kentucky offense over the past two seasons, proving to be one of the most physical running backs in the SEC. He doesn’t go down easily and loves himself some contact.

In fact, 669 of his 904 rushing yards in 2022 came after contact.

With all eyes on quarterback Will Levis and Rodriguez missing the first four games of the season, he put on quite the show, still.

As a strong runner who could handle early down work, Rodriguez would fit nicely in the Bills’ system next to Cook. And, being at a position that has seemingly come a dime a dozen these days, Rodriguez is projected to go on Day 3 of the draft, making him a value.

The 5-foot-11, 224-pound Rodriguez has rushed for 3,600 yards in his four seasons with Kentucky and become one of the best overall backs the school has ever seen. He should find a home in the NFL as part of a tandem, and hopefully it’s with the Bills as a late-round steal.

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