4 ripple effects from the Buffalo Bills signing running back Damien Harris

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James Cook will be the top running back in this offense

The addition of Damien Harris doesn’t really impact James Cook and his role in this offense. If anything, it will make him a bigger part of the offense in his second season with the Buffalo Bills.

James Cook is an electric player when he has the ball in his hands and an excellent wide receiver out of the backfield. However, he is not a big running back and would probably get worn down if he was asked to carry the ball 10 to 15 times a game.

The addition of Damien Harris would take that workload off James Cook and frees him up to be that home run threat for this offense. As for Harris, he is not a running back that has been involved much in the passing game and that does not fit his skill set.

The two players complement each other very well and should allow James Cook to be the top threat out of the backfield while giving the team another option in Harris to bring more balance in terms of run versus the pass.