Devin Singletary

Buffalo Bills
Running Back #5
Buffalo Bills
Running Back #5
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Devin Singletary News

Competition cooking

The Bills drafted James Cook out of Georgia in the second round of the NFL Draft, and the rookie will presumably compete with Singletary and Zack Moss for playing time in 2022.

Analysis: Singletary ended the 2021 season on a tear, scoring nine touchdowns over the team's last six games (three regular season, three playoffs) while surpassing 80 rushing yards in four of them. However, the Bills have mostly run a committee system during coach Sean McDermott's tenure, and with Moss being a shaky option and Singletary being limited to one very nice hot streak in a three-year career, Cook will now fill out the room. While we imagine the No. 1 job in the committee is Singletary's to lose, the Bills didn't use a second-round pick on a benchwarmer. Expect the rookie to start chipping in on Singletary's workload right away, and Cook could even leapfrog Moss in short order for the No. 2 role.

May 1, 2022 9:28 AM EST

Scores again in playoff loss

Singletary rushed 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown while adding four catches for 25 yards on five targets in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: SIngletary capped Buffalo's opening drive with his ninth scrimmage touchdown in the last six games. After Singletary's one-yard rushing score, the game turned into a passing battle between Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes, with Mahomes coming out on top in thrilling fashion. Singletary grabbed a hold of the lead role in Buffalo's backfield down the stretch, and the 2019 third-round pick out of FAU will likely pick up where he left off as the team's top running back next season.

Jan 23, 2022 11:29 PM EST

Pair of scores in wild-card win

Singletary rushed 16 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and brought in three of four targets for 13 yards during the Bills' 47-17 win over the Patriots in an AFC wild-card matchup Saturday night.

Analysis: Josh Allen stole the show with 374 total yards and five scores in the blowout win, but Singletary capped off the other two of Buffalo's record-setting seven consecutive touchdown drives with a pair of visits to the end zone of his own. The third-year pro averaged an impressive 5.1 yards per carry, and his second scoring jaunt, a 16-yarder late in the second quarter, served as his longest run of the night. Singletary has proven to be an ideal complementary component to Allen's work through the air and has proven capable of handling a true lead-back workload with double-digit carries in five consecutive games going back to Week 15. The 24-year-old should play another key role in next weekend's divisional-round matchup against either the Chiefs or Bengals.

Jan 15, 2022 9:08 PM EST

Scores two TDs in Sunday's win

Singletary carried the ball 19 times for 88 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 24 yards and a second TD in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The third-year running back continued his impressive finish to the regular season, scoring both his TDs in the fourth quarter as the Bills finally pulled away from the Jets and locked up their second straight AFC East title. Singletary racked up an impressive 485 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) over the final five games of the regular season, giving him massive momentum heading into Saturday's wild-card round clash with the Patriots.

Jan 9, 2022 9:50 PM EST

Ascent continues in win

Singletary rushed 23 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns and failed to bring in his only target in the Bills' 29-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Singletary logged double-digit carries for the third straight game and continued to make for good use of the opportunity, churning out a season-high yardage total while logging his third and fourth rushing touchdowns of the last three games in the process. Singletary found the end zone from six and four yards out in the second half to bring Buffalo back from a surprising 15-14 halftime deficit, and his season-best performance certainly came at the timeliest of moments for fantasy managers. The vulnerable Jets run defense should serve as an appealing tune-up for the postseason for Singletary in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 2:48 PM EST

Finds end zone in lead role

Singletary rushed 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-21 win over the Patriots. He added five catches for 39 yards on six targets.

Analysis: Matt Breida was a healthy scratch, and Singletary worked as the lead back over Zack Moss (three carries for 12 yards) in Buffalo's backfield. Singletary restored Buffalo's two-possession lead in the fourth quarter with a two-yard rushing touchdown, notably getting the call in close over Moss, who had been Buffalo's preferred short-yardage back earlier in the season. The 24-year-old running back has a modest four touchdowns this season, but Singletary has scored in consecutive games heading into a Week 17 visit from the Falcons.

Dec 26, 2021 1:52 PM EST

Runs tough with big workload

Singletary ran for 86 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries against Carolina on Sunday.

Analysis: Particularly with star quarterback Josh Allen managing a foot tweak, there was a lot of pressure for Singletary to step up against the Panthers and he answered the call. Allen sometimes struggled against Carolina's strong pass rush, but when the Buffalo passing game went cold Singletary often helped will the offense down the field and played a big role in Buffalo's ability to control the game despite their occasional struggles on offense. The Buffalo backfield rotation has been all over the place all year, but a showing like this in a must-win game might earn Singletary more leash as the Bills try to rally for a playoff push. Unfortunately for Singletary and the Bills offense, they head to New England to face the Patriots in Week 16.

Dec 19, 2021 1:30 PM EST

Set to lead backfield again

Singletary's teammate Zack Moss will be a healthy inactive for the third time in four weeks Sunday.

Analysis: Singletary saw 83 percent of the offensive snaps and totaled 89 yards from scrimmage in the overtime loss to Tampa Bay last week with Moss out, even though he only had four rushing attempts. Expect Singletary to lead the Buffalo backfield once again, though the game script in Buffalo is all over the board from week to week. He could see more carries than usual -- certainly more than four -- with Moss out again and with running quarterback Josh Allen hobbled by a foot injury.

Dec 19, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Garners 89 total yards in loss

Singletary rushed four times for 52 yards and secured six of seven targets for 37 yards in the Bills' 33-27 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The Bills barely bothered to run the ball in conventional fashion against the Buccaneers' nearly impenetrable front, with Josh Allen easily serving as the team's most productive performer on the ground. However, Singletary was able to rip off a 29-yard run and was highly efficient with his three other carries as well, leading to his best rushing yardage total since Week 4. His reception total was also his second highest of the season, making it a productive fantasy day overall in a game where Buffalo focused heavily on the pass. Singletary should have a chance at a more robust workload on the ground in a Week 15 home matchup against the Panthers.

Dec 12, 2021 7:24 PM EST

Shares Week 14 backfield with Breida

With teammate Zack Moss inactive Sunday, Singletary and Matt Breida are in line to head the Bills' backfield in Week 14 versus the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Given that Moss, who logged eight carries and three targets in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Patriots is out of the mix, both Singletary (10 carries versus New England) and Breida (one carry, one target) figure to see added touches Sunday, albeit while facing a rugged Tampa Bay run defense that has allowed an average of 84.3 yards per game on the ground to date.

Dec 12, 2021 12:19 PM EST

Rushes 10 times

Singletary rushed 10 times for 36 yards in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Singletary led Buffalo's backfield in carries, but teammate Zack Moss returned to the lineup to match him in overall touches. Although Singletary managed three more scrimmage yards than Moss -- and both outperformed Matt Breida's eight yards on two touches -- none of the Bills' tailbacks were particularly effective amid predictable running conditions. While it was good to see Singletary lead the charge Monday, Buffalo's usual committee approach makes it hard to rely too much on him going into Week 14's matchup versus the Buccaneers.

Dec 6, 2021 9:02 PM EST

Clear lead back Thursday

Singletary rushed 15 times for 44 yards and brought in his only target for four yards in the Bills' 31-6 win over the Saints on Thursday night.

Analysis: With Zach Moss a healthy scratch, Singletary's only competition for carries among his fellow running backs came from Matt Breida. Singletary ultimately outpaced his teammate by rushing touches in a contest in which game script turned favorably toward the run. The 15 carries were a season high for Singletary, who opened the season with double-digit rush attempts in his first four games before not hitting that mark again until Thursday. Whether the same backfield hierarchy applies in a Week 13 divisional battle against the Patriots on Monday night, Dec. 6 remains to seen.

Nov 25, 2021 9:22 PM EST

Set to share backfield with Breida

With Zack Moss a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game against the Saints, Singletary and Matt Breida are in line to head the Bills' Week 12 backfield.

Analysis: Singletary still has Breida to contend with for touches Thursday, but minus Moss, he could see some added Week 12 opportunities against a New Orleans defense that has allowed an average of 89.8 rushing yards per game to date. While neither back profiles as a high-percentage lineup option, Singletary is worthy of consideration by those in need of RB help this week due to injuries or byes.

Nov 25, 2021 4:06 PM EST

Turns six touches into 43 yards

Singletary rushed three times for 17 yards and caught three of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 41-15 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Singletary's 43 scrimmage yards landed him in between Matt Breida (67) and Zack Moss (five). Buffalo's backfield was already frustrating enough with just Moss and Singletary splitting carries, but it appears Breida has now forced a three-way timeshare. All three Bills running backs will likely remain involved when the team takes the field in New Orleans on Thanksgiving.

Nov 21, 2021 3:22 PM EST

Scores TD but so do other Bills RBs

Singletary rushed seven times for 43 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for six yards in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Singletary led the Bills in rushing yards, but his output was capped by sharing the load with Zack Moss (concussion) and Matt Breida. Moss also got seven carries and scored a touchdown, while Breida found paydirt on two of his six touches. All three members of Buffalo's backfield found success against a Jets defense that has been the most generous in the league to running backs, but the sledding will be tougher for Singletary and Co. in Week 11 against the Colts.

Nov 14, 2021 1:53 PM EST

No monopoly on backfield

Singletary's teammate Zack Moss cleared the concussion protocols Saturday and is expected to suit up Sunday against the Jets.

Analysis: While the duo still gets a juicy matchup against the Jets' 27th-ranked run defense, Singletary hasn't been able to do much in any game where he shares the load with his young teammate. Singletary hasn't passed 100 rushing yards in any game since Moss was drafted last season, and he has just one scrimmage TD all season. What was looking like a great free-agent fantasy pickup early in the week has fallen back to a mediocre-at-best option, with the real hope being that the Bills take control of the game and allow both backs to run wild.

Nov 13, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Week 10 workload in flux

Singletary's teammate Zack Moss (concussion) returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday.

Analysis: Singletary has been a hot pickup all week due to the possibility that he could have the Buffalo backfield mostly to himself in Week 10 should Moss not get through all the protocols. The latter's status took an uptick with the limited session, however, as Moss still has time to clear the rest of the concussion protocols in time for Sunday's game. Singletary would be a good yardage play should Moss have to miss a game, though the former has not proven to be much of an option this season when sharing the backfield. Singletary does lead the Bills in rushing yards, but it's a modest total of 355 and he has just one trip to the end zone (one rushing, zero receiving) all season.

Nov 11, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Makes seven catches

Singletary ran for 16 yards on six carries while catching seven passes for 43 yards on eight targets against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: The Bills offense just couldn't get it going despite the favorable on-paper matchup against Jacksonville, but Singletary was one of the offense's few sources of occasional production. He had to take a larger workload than usual after Zack Moss left with a concussion, so Moss' availability will be a crucial situation to monitor for Singletary's fantasy managers as they consider whether to start him against the Jets in Week 10. If Moss is out then it could prove a very favorable matchup for Singletary.

Nov 7, 2021 2:20 PM EST

Remains No. 2 back Week 8

Singletary carried seven times for 28 yards and reeled in his lone target for a one-yard gain Sunday in the Bills' 26-11 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Though Singletary received the start and wasn't far behind Zack Moss (14) in terms of touches, the former trailed more significantly in snap share. Moss was on the field for 47 of the Bills' 73 offensive snaps (64 percent), while Singletary received 24 snaps (34 percent). Since being a surprise healthy scratch Week 1, Moss has now out-snapped Singletary in each of the Bills' last five games, a clear indication Buffalo views the former as its top option out of the backfield. Singletary should at least remain a factor in a change-of-pace role, and he could actually see an uptick in work this weekend in Jacksonville. The 5-2 Bills will enter the contest as one of Week 9's heaviest favorites against the 1-6 Jaguars, and if Buffalo races out to an early lead, the distribution of snaps and touches between Moss and Singletary may become more even.

Nov 4, 2021 11:28 AM EST

Gets 10 touches

Singletary rushed five times for 27 yards and caught all five of his targets for 16 yards in Monday night's 34-31 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Singletary ripped off a 14-yard run on Buffalo's opening drive, but he wasn't featured much on the ground afterward, with both quarterback Josh Allen (nine carries) and fellow tailback Zack Moss (eight) rushing more often. Although Singletary actually still led the Bills in rushing yards and pitched in with a handful of catches, his overall production wasn't anything special. After rushing for at least 70 yards in three of his first four games this season, Singletary has now failed to top 30 yards in his latest three of four. That dip in production coincides with just 11 carries over his past two outings, leaving room for improvement as he now enters the Bills' bye week.

Oct 18, 2021 9:24 PM EST

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