by Rob Cao
Last year with the number 86 pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills drafted running back Zack Moss out of the University of Utah. Moss was expected to play an integral role on offense. The Bills organization also hoped he would form a dynamic duo with former USF running back Devin Singletary.
Unfortunately, Moss had a rookie season plagued with injuries. He played in 13 games and rushed for a total of 481 yards on 112 carries. He also had four touchdowns on the ground. In the receiving game, Moss caught 14 balls to go along with 95 yards and a touchdown.
These numbers don’t really stand out in terms of other rookie running backs last season. In 15 games played, Colts running back Jonathan Taylor ran for a total of 1,169 yards and added 11 touchdowns on the ground as well as one receiving touchdown. Therefore, Moss was not at the top of the rookie running back class when compared to players like Taylor.
In this upcoming season, the Bills will have a competition to determine who will be their number one running back. The competition will be between Moss, Singletary, and perhaps a rookie running back. The Bills did not draft a running back in the 2021 NFL Draft so they must believe that one of these two on the roster can get the job done.
The Bills are one of the favorites to win the AFC after reaching the AFC Championship game last season. To ensure their running back group will be better this upcoming season, Buffalo will be expecting more production and consistency from their running backs.
Moss has a great chance to earn the number spot with the Bills. The two keys for Moss will be to stay healthy to be consistent. When on the field last season, he had many flashes of potential greatness. Moss will be looking to have a huge comeback in his second season in the NFL. The supportive Ute fans will certainly be cheering on Moss from afar.
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