Matt Breida

New York Giants
Running Back #22
New York Giants
Running Back #22
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Matt Breida News

Joining Giants' RB mix

Breida has agreed to sign with the Giants, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Breida will provide the Giants with some much-needed backfield depth behind Saquon Barkley, following the team's release of Devontae Booker. In nine games with the Bills last season, the 27-year-old speedster carried 26 times for 125 yards and a TD and caught seven of his nine targets for 72 yards and a pair of receiving scores. For now, Breida's competitors for complementary work behind Barkley are Gary Brightwell and Antonio Williams.

Mar 21, 2022 9:04 AM EST


Inactive for divisional round

Breida (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against Kansas City.

Analysis: Breida will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss will handle Buffalo's backfield duties once again.

Jan 23, 2022 2:26 PM EST



Sitting Saturday

Breida (coach's decision) is inactive Saturday against the Patriots.

Analysis: For the third time in four games, Breida won't be available to the Bills offense, leaving the backfield to usual suspects Devin Singletary and Zack Moss.

Jan 15, 2022 4:35 PM EST


To sit Week 17

Breida (coach's decision) will be a healthy scratch Week 17 against Atlanta.

Analysis: With Breida sidelined for the second consecutive week, Zack Moss will once again be tasked with serving as the primary backup to starting running back Devin Singletary. Taiwan Jones is also on hand to serve in his regular special teams role.

Jan 2, 2022 8:37 AM EST


Healthy scratch against Patriots

Breida will be a healthy scratch Week 16 against the Patriots.

Analysis: Breida was the only Buffalo running back other than Devin Singletary to receive a carry Week 15 against Carolina, but he was limited to just three offensive snaps and did not see a target in the passing game. Fellow running back Zack Moss was a healthy scratch for that contest, but Moss has managed to avoid the inactive list this week and will presumably taking on the backup role in Breida's stead.

Dec 26, 2021 8:36 AM EST



Takes back seat to Singletary

Breida rushed just once for one yard and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Even running maven Josh Allen gave way to Devin Singletary, who saw 22 carries for 86 yards and a score Sunday compared to just five carries for all other players. Breida has done well to go from the NFL scrap heap into a No. 2 role for a team with a good chance to make the playoffs, but he's yet to see double-digit carries in any game this season and hasn't eclipsed 51 rushing yards in any contest. The only way he can provide value for desperate managers is if he can sneak his way into the end zone, which he's done three times this season.

Dec 19, 2021 11:50 PM EST


Set for No. 2 role

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

Analysis: Devin Singletary should lead the backfield in carries, not to mention the team has a running quarterback in Josh Allen, but expect Breida to be sprinkled into the offense both as an occasional runner and pass catcher. Perhaps a longshot touchdown in a game the Bills are heavily favored would provide some assistance to those deeply desperate for running back points.

Dec 19, 2021 8:43 AM EST


Takes back seat to Zack Moss

Breida carried once for three yards and hauled in his lone target for a five-yard gain Monday in the Bills' 14-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: After keeping only three backs active in their Week 12 win over the Saints, Breida received the nod over Zack Moss, who was a healthy inactive for the second time this season. Though Breida saw a decent amount of work against the Saints (nine carries for 26 yards, two receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown) as the No. 2 option behind starter Devin Singletary, the 26-year-old fell to third in the pecking order Monday with Moss returning to the mix. Singletary narrowly out-snapped Moss (27 to 24) in the loss and saw the same amount of touches (10), while Breida (seven snaps) lagged far behind the two in both playing time and usage. Breida's role looks like it may vary week to week based on the Bills' game plans, making him a rather unreliable fantasy option, particularly in contests in which Moss is also active.

Dec 8, 2021 9:52 AM EST


Largest role of season

Breida carried nine times for 26 yards and caught both targets for 29 yards and a TD reception in Thursday's 31-6 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Breida had only seen 12 carries all season prior to Thursday, but the Bills wanted to shake up a listless running attack and benched Zack Moss for the contest, giving Breida the opportunity he'd been waiting for. It looked like he was going to be the main ball carrier for the night, but teammate Devin Singletary got hot and the two ended up splitting work in an easy win. Singletary finished with 16 touches with 62 percent of the snaps while Breida had 11 touches and 38 percent. We'll see if the Bills keep Moss on the bench for the team's Week 12 tilt against the rival Patriots, but our guess is this will be a fluid situation the rest of the way.

Nov 26, 2021 8:13 AM EST


Teams up with Singletary Thursday

With Zack Moss a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game against the Saints, Breida figures to see added work in the Bills' backfield along with Devin Singletary.

Analysis: With Moss inactive, what had recently been a three-back playing time split is now down to a time-share that should feature Singletary and Breida. In the process, the two RBs will be operating against a New Orleans defense that has allowed an average of 89.8 rushing yards per game to date. While Breida isn't a high-percentage lineup option in Week 12, the spark he's provided Buffalo's backfield of late has earned him a chance to work in tandem with Singletary, a context that makes him an option for those scrambling for RB help this week due to injuries or bye issues.

Nov 25, 2021 4:00 PM EST


Carving out backfield role

When asked if Breida has earned more touches going forward, coach Sean McDermott replied, "yes," Nick Wojton of the USA Today reports.

Analysis: McDermott's brief answer doesn't provide any specific insight into how that will translate into Breida's workload Thursday against the Saints, but over the Bills' last two games, he's provided enough of a spark with his limited touches that it would seem logical the speedster gets a chance to build off that in Week 12. However, the continued presence of Devin Singletary and Zack Moss in Buffalo's backfield makes Breida a hit-or-miss lineup consideration, though he is an option for those presently scrambling for backfield help due to injuries or byes.

Nov 24, 2021 4:04 PM EST


Most effective back in loss

Breida rushed five times for 51 yards and caught one of two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 41-15 loss to Indianapolis.

Analysis: Breida was by far Buffalo's best running back, finishing with 67 scrimmage yards while Devin Singletary and Zack Moss combined for just 48 yards on nine touches. While Breida's increased role of late is intriguing, his workload will remain limited as long as the Bills continue to rotate three running backs, and Breida's no higher than third in the pecking order for goal-line rushing attempts behind Moss and quarterback Josh Allen. Up next for Breida and the Bills will be a road game in New Orleans on Thanksgiving.

Nov 21, 2021 3:14 PM EST


Makes most of larger role

Breida rushed three times for 28 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 22 yards and another touchdown in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets, but he also lost a fumble.

Analysis: Even with both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss (concussion) active, Breida got in on the fun against a Jets defense that has been the worst in the league when it comes to defending running backs. While all three members of Buffalo's backfield rotation got into the end zone, Breida managed to do so twice. He hauled in a 15-yard touchdown to cap the Bills' opening drive and later ran one in from 15 yards out in the third quarter. Moss' limitations in practice while he recovered from the concussion opened up an opportunity for Breida to get more reps during the week and larger involvement in the game plan, but it remains to be seen if that trend continues in Week 11 against the Colts.

Nov 14, 2021 1:49 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Breida is active for Sunday's game against the Jets, Chris Jenkins of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: With Breida active for the first time since Week 2, the Bills will have four running backs (Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Breida and Taiwan Jones) available Sunday. Moss had been in the NFL's concussion protocol before being cleared Saturday, so Breida gives the team some added depth in the event that Moss suffers any setbacks or is limited in any way versus the Jets.

Nov 14, 2021 9:35 AM EST


Not suiting up Monday

Breida (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game at Tennessee.

Analysis: Breida will be a healthy scratch for the fourth straight game heading into Buffalo's Week 7 bye. Taiwan Jones will be the reserve backfield option behind Zack Moss and Devin Singletary.

Oct 18, 2021 4:18 PM EST


Another healthy scratch

Breida (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Kansas City.

Analysis: Since playing 12 offensive snaps and 17 more plays on special teams between Weeks 1 and 2, Breida has been a healthy scratch for three straight games. With Breida taking in the contest from the sideline, Devin Singletary and Zack Moss will split the running back work, while Taiwan Jones (hamstring) operates on special teams.

Oct 10, 2021 4:00 PM EST


Inactive once again

Breida is inactive for Sunday's game against Houston, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Breida was given a surprise nod over Zack Moss in the Bils' opener. He didn't do much with the opportunity (four yards on four carries) and wasn't given the ball in Week 2. He's now been made inactive the last two games, meaning his value is shot unless something happens to Moss or Devin Singletary.

Oct 3, 2021 8:49 AM EST


Healthy scratch Week 3

Breida (coach's decision) is inactive Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.

Analysis: Breida served as the No. 2 running back in the season opener against Pittsburgh and carried the ball four times, but his role significantly diminished Week 2 against Miami. The Bills activated Zack Moss for that contest, and Breida effectively saw more work on special teams than the offensive side, registering just two snaps on offense. He'll now sit out Week 3 entirely, leaving the backfield to Devin Singletary and Moss, with special teamer Taiwan Jones also on hand.

Sep 26, 2021 8:56 AM EST


Reverts to No. 3 running back

Breida only saw two offensive snaps and did not record a carry in Sunday's win at Miami.

Analysis: Zack Moss was back in the mix after being a healthy scratch in Week 1. While Moss fumbled the ball once, he also scored two touchdowns and certainly looked better than Breida did with his Week 1 carries. Barring injury to Moss or starter Devin Singletary, Breida can safely be ignored again in most formats until further notice.

Sep 21, 2021 12:51 PM EST


Limited production as second RB

Breida rushed four times for just four yards and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Breida received a surprise promotion -- at least for one week -- when the Bills made Zack Moss a healthy inactive, for reasons still not yet fully known. Moss was a high draft pick and had a promising rookie season, so we imagine he'll be back in uniform sooner rather than later. Breida did nothing Sunday to merit a bigger role longer term. He only saw the field for 10 offensive snaps compared to Devin Singletary's 64.

Sep 14, 2021 11:29 AM EST


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