Devin Singletary was a third round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2019 NFL Draft and has led the team in rushing attempts each of the past three seasons. However, the run game has been an issue for this offense during that stretch but the blame may not be entirely on Singletary.
Let’s take a look at Devin Singletary’s career to this point and whether or not the Buffalo Bills should re-sign him this offseason.
Devin Singletary’s Career Overview
In his four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Devin Singletary has 672 rushing attempts, 3,151 rushing yards with 16 rushing touchdowns and has averaged 11 rushing attempts per game for an average of 4.7 yards per rushing attempt.
Singletary has also gotten work as a receiver with 145 receptions on 193 career targets for 971 receiving yards and four touchdowns. However, he is not a great receiver out of the backfield and drops have been an issue for him. He has 18 career drops and a drop rate of 9.3% which is a high percentage for a player who is catching the ball at or behind the line of scrimmage.
Should the Buffalo Bills re-sign Devin Singletary?
Devin Singletary has shown he can be a productive running back in this league when given the carries. Unfortunately, the Bills offense has not been one that utilizes the run game enough to maximize Singletary’s skill set.
The Bills are going to remain a passing offense with Josh Allen under center and it is important to have a player who is more of a receiver as the featured running back, like James Cook. It would make sense for them to have Cook as the featured running back and pair him with a bigger running back that can be brought in for short-yardage and goal-line situations.
This offseason the running back position is probably the deepest, both in free agency and the NFL Draft, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bills bring Singletary back on a one-year deal that could allow Singletary to capitalize on a bigger contract next offseason. However, outside of that scenario, it is probably to change the direction of the position.