When the Bills took the chance on FAU product Devin Singletary in the third round of this past draft, they were on the path to draft a young stud to learn from Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy. After a strong preseason and the surprising departure of McCoy, Singletary was viewed as part of the Bills offensive game plan.
Singletary has made it known that he has been a big fan of Gore since he has been playing in the league. Being able to play with a role model of yours is not an opportunity that most people get.
No one was able to tell what kind of offense the Bills were going to have. With an upgrade at offensive line, an immediate upgrade at receivers, but still limited at the quarterback position, questions were asked. I think it is safe to say that no one expected McCoy to be cut, especially during the final round of cuts.
Since that move, Singletary and Gore have been the ones to carry the rock and they have delivered. The reason why the Bills need to keep feeding Singletary is because he is able to open the field with his shiftiness and speed. Not just in the run game, Singletary also serves as a wide out weapon for Josh Allen.
His stats do not show it, but Singletary has opened up the field for the Buffalo offense in his games played. He has rushed for only 267 yards and two touchdowns, but the way he is used in the offense is what sparks a scoring drive. Last week, he ran for a career high 95 yards with a touchdown vs. Washington.
The first game that sparked his immediate impact for the Bills was against the New York Jets in the second half. Finishing with 70 rushing yards off of four carries, also adding 28 receiving yards on five catches. He has the ability to get the Bills out of their own red zone and get them past midfield. The very shifty back that he is can start the motor on the offense.
The 5’7″ back has been a major asset for the Bills since week one and that should not change heading into the snowy part of football season. Both him and Gore will be seeing a ton of action going into the colder weather, but Singletary has to continue to be the reason why the running game starts and continues through four quarters.
-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79.