After the Buffalo Bills swung a trade in the offseason for stand-out Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, many analysts and fans talked about Josh Allen and this Bills passing attack taking the next step. The passing offense should greatly improve, now that Allen is going into his third season with a plethora of talent around him. However, let’s not forget what the identity of this offense is and what Sean McDermott loves to do: run the football. They made that clear by taking Zach Moss in the third round of this year’s draft.
With a shortened offseason, it might be a little while until we see Moss fully assimilated into the offense. This puts a lot of pressure on second year running back Devin Singletary. Making him one of the most important players for the Bills this season. This week’s Thursday Thought: Devin Singletary, the “Motor” for the Bills Offense in 2020.
In his rookie season, Singletary showed just how much of a difference-maker he can be. He rushed for 775 yards, averaging 5.1 yards per attempt, and had 29 receptions. He proved he could get it done as both a runner and a pass-catcher out of the backfield. With Frank Gore now a member of the New York Jets, Singletary becomes the lead back from day one.
A constant criticism that Bills fans had last season was why Singletary wasn’t used more. It seemed every time he got the ball good things happened. Singletary is so dynamic as he can make guys miss with his ability to cut on a dime. His contact balance and vision make him so hard to take down. With the offseason is flux do to the Coronavirus Pandemic, getting Diggs and the passing offense up to speed may take a little time, leaving Singletary with a big opportunity to show out.
Recently CBS Sports writer Chris Trapasso put out an article titled, “Why Bills running back Devin Singletary will have a Kareem Hunt-type breakout on the field in 2020”. Trapasso compared Singletary’s combine numbers, yards after contact, and forced missed tackles to that of Kareem Hunt. The numbers were nearly identical.
Before a video surfaced of Hunt’s domestic violence case, he was on the presuppose of being a star in the NFL. With an increased role and a larger opportunity, Singletary could become a star this season. If he puts up Hunt-like numbers in 2020, the Bills offense could take that next step. Even if the passing offense is a little slow out of the gate.
When it comes down to it, Josh Allen will be the deciding factor on whether this offense reaches its full potential. With all of the weapons he has at his disposal, he has to get it done in 2020. However, Singletary is the guy whom this offense may run through, especially at the start of the season. With a bigger role and year of experience under his belt, we may see a star born this season.
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