The Buffalo Bills finally got the monkey off their back with a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round. For the first time in 25 years, the Bills have advanced in the playoffs. However, the victory came with some losses. Most notably rookie running back Zack Moss will be lost for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.
This means that Devin Singletary will be the lead tailback in the offense for the rest of the postseason. This is a role that Singletary hasn’t had since the end of the 2019 season when it became apparent the Frank Gore was no longer a viable option at running back. This may be a good thing for Singletary. This week’s Thursday Thought: Could Devin Singletary Benefit from Zack Moss’s Injury?
Singletary has been disappointing this season after a breakout rookie season. In 2019, Singletary was one of the league’s most efficient running backs in football. Rushing for 775 yards, while averaging 5.1 yards per carrying. What made it more impressive was that he put up those numbers in only 12 games.
However, this season has not been what many fans and analysts imagined for Singletary. In 16 games this season he has just 687 yards and averaging just 4.4 yards per attempt. His yards per game have dipped from 64.6 yards in 2019 to 42.9 in 2020. With the explosion in the passing offense this season, it has been tough to figure out why Singletary has struggled.
One reason could be the backfield he has had to share this season. Singletary had 151 attempts in 2019 and this season while playing in four more games he has just 156 attempts. Far less than he had per game a season ago. It could be a simple as Singletary is not getting enough touches.
As Rico likes to point out, as a running back, the more carries you get the more of a rhythm you start to get into. This was seen in the second half of 2019. Singletary never had more than seven carries in a game at the beginning of the season. Yet from Week 9 to the end of the season he had only one game where he had less than ten carries. In comparison over the past five game Singletary has had ten or more carrie just once.
The Bills don’t have a great run-blocking offensive line and at this point of the season, it’s unlikely that the running game will turn things around. However, this does not mean that they can’t be more effective running the ball moving forward. Moss’s injury has paved the way for Singletary to be a far bigger player in the Bills offense.
Unless T.J. Yeldon becomes the lead back in this offense (which won’t happen) the rushing attack will go through Singletary. Believe it or not, this may be positive for Singletary. More touches could lead to him being more of the dynamic player we all thought he’d be in 2020. If that happens it could not come at a better time as the Bills are in the thick of things in the AFC playoffs.
What do you think? Could Zack Moss’s injury lead to a better and more dynamic Devin Singletary? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter!