Matt Breida

Buffalo Bills
Running Back #22
Buffalo Bills
Running Back #22
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Matt Breida News

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

Likely No. 2 back

Breida is set to serve as the No. 2 running back behind Devin Singletary with Zack Moss listed as inactive for the Week 1 matchup against Pittsburgh.

Analysis: In one of the bigger surprises of Week 1, Moss looks to be a healthy scratch in Buffalo, leaving Breida open for a potentially larger role than most expected headed into the season. Breida logged 254 rushing yards on 59 attempts in an injury-shortened 2020 season with Miami and is well accustomed to serving as a change-of-pace back, as that was his role through his first three seasons in the league with San Francisco.

Sep 12, 2021 8:40 AM EST

Locked in as No. 3 back

Breida has made the Bills' initial 53-man roster.

Analysis: The veteran will start the season behind Devin Singletary and a now healthy Zack Moss, but there's some competition out of the way after the team made its round of cuts Tuesday. Breida is the obvious candidate to take on more carries should an injury befall Singletary or Moss, as Taiwan Jones is mostly a special teams guy and Reggie Gilliam is a fullback/tight end.

Aug 31, 2021 5:31 PM EST

One carry in preseason finale

Breida ran for 16 yards on one carry in Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay.

Analysis: Breida added two catches for 10 yards on two targets. Though not necessarily a lock to make the final roster in Buffalo, Breida is expected to make the team over fellow speed specialist Kerrith Whyte, who ran for 11 yards on five carries Saturday. In that scenario Breida would likely serve as a change-of-pace runner behind the slower but arguably steadier duo of Zack Moss and Devin Singletary.

Aug 28, 2021 5:22 PM EST

Twelve touches in preseason opener

Breida rushed 10 times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Friday's 16-15 preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: Breida watched Devin Singletary tear up Detroit's run defense for 42 yards on eight carries and a receiving touchdown, but Buffalo's third-stringer only managed 2.7 yards per carry himself. With Zack Moss sidelined by a hamstring injury, Breida should continue to work as the No. 2 option behind Singletary in Week 2 of preseason against Chicago.

Aug 13, 2021 7:30 PM EST

Strong effort in camp early on

Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo relays that Breida "has really shown off his speed and quickness" through the early stages of training camp.

Analysis: With that in mind, Capaccio suggests that Breida "could wind up being more of a factor in the (Buffalo) offense than many anticipated" when the running back joined the team back in March. That said, as long as both Devin Singletary and Zack Moss are healthy and in the mix, Breida doesn't have a clear path to steady volume. The 26-year-old could, however, make his mark in a complementary role, given the fleet wheels he adds to the Bills' backfield mix.

Aug 2, 2021 10:27 AM EST

No roster lock

Breida, signed by the Bills to a one-year deal as a free agent this offseason, will need to fend off challenges from Antonio Williams and Christian Wade for the last open spot in the Bills' backfield, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Devin Singletary and Zack Moss are expected to serve as the 1-2 punch to lead the back field, while Taiwan Jones is expected to make the team simply on special teams prowess. Breida is one of the NFL's fastest running backs and has more experience than Williams and Wade, so the No. 3 job would appear to be his to lose. Breida also has more special teams experience than anyone else in the running back corps aside from Jones. With good hands to go with it all, Breida is at least worth keeping an eye on if he does make the team and injuries should strike Singletary or Moss, as was the case last season.

Jul 16, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Moves across AFC East

Breida is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Breida is probably looking at the No. 3 role for a deep Bills team, but it's not like Devin Singletary or Zack Moss wowed last season, so the speedy veteran will certainly get his share of chances after running for 254 yards and a 4.3 average on 59 carries with the Dolphins last season. Assuming Breida does make the final roster, the Buffalo running back group is starting to look like a true committee for 2021, and that's before we even see what the team does during the draft.

Mar 25, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Invisible in finale

Breida did not handle an offensive snap during Sunday's blowout 56-26 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Breida wrapped up an underwhelming season in Miami with back-to-back games without a carry or target, playing just nine snaps on special teams Week 17. Outside of a Week 15 tilt against the Patriots in which injuries and complications related to COVID-19 thrust Breida into a larger role, the Dolphins' coaching staff never saw fit to trust him with more than occasional touches. He had 59 carries for 254 yards (4.3 YPC) through 12 contests, while also securing nine of 10 targets for 96 yards. Breida is set to hit free agency this offseason, and he'll no doubt look to find a landing spot that will afford him more regular opportunities.

Jan 4, 2021 9:58 AM EST

Uninvolved on offense

Breida did not register an offensive snap during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Breida had 12 carries for 86 yards against the Patriot last week, but with Myles Gaskin now back in the lineup his opportunities have completely evaporated. Salvon Ahmed and Lynn Bowden both worked behind Gaskin in the backfield, while Breida handled just 10 snaps on special teams.

Dec 27, 2020 11:45 AM EST

Logs best game as a Dolphin

Breida had 12 carries for 86 yards during Miami's 22-12 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: With Myles Gaskin (undisclosed) still on the COVID-19 list, Breida had great success as a complementary option to Salvon Ahmed, who had 23 carries for 122 yards and a score himself. It was his first game with the Dolphins handling double-digit carries, and the first time he surpassed 50 yards in a single contest with the team. If any of DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) are forced to sit out against the Raiders on Saturday, the Dolphins could be forced to lean heavily on the run again.

Dec 21, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Back in action Sunday

In his return to action, Breida is in the mix for carries Sunday against the Patriots, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Analysis: With Myles Gaskin (illness) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Salguero suggests that Salvon Ahmed and Breida "should get most of the carries" Sunday, with DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird also on hand. While Breida isn't necessarily a high-percentage fantasy choice in that context, he is a consideration for those with limited options scrambling to plug lineup holes created by Sunday's inactives.

Dec 20, 2020 9:48 AM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Dolphins activated Breida (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Cameron Wolfe of reports.

Analysis: Breida missed two games while on the COVID list, but he'll be available for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Patriots. With Myles Gaskin (illness) now out and on the COVID list, and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) still looking uncertain, Breida could have a chance to join DeAndre Washington atop Miami's backfield depth chart.

Dec 16, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

The Dolphins placed Breida (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Breida missed Friday's practice with an illness prior to being officially placed on the COVID-19 list, a transaction which rules him out for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) and DeAndre Washington (hamstring) are also both doubtful to face Cincinnati, which leaves Patrick Laird and Lynn Bowden as the only healthy running backs currently on Miami's roster. It seems likely that the team will promote Myles Gaskin (knee) from IR on Saturday, in time for him to reclaim the lead role, but in any event Miami won't have much in the way of backfield depth Week 13.

Dec 4, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Second fiddle in easy win

Breida had eight carries for 36 yards during Sunday's 20-3 win over the Jets. He also secured both of his targets for 17 yards.

Analysis: Breida was more efficient on the ground than DeAndre Washington (3.8 YPC), but he nonetheless handled five less carries and saw three fewer targets. At one point in the offseason, it seemed as though Breida (not to mention Jordan Howard) was destined for a key role in the Dolphins' backfield, but even with both Myles Gaskin (knee) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) sidelined the team currently won't entrust him with more than No.2 duties. Even if both Gaskin and Ahmed sit out Week 13 against the Bengals, it will be difficult to trust Breida for fantasy purposes.

Nov 29, 2020 5:04 PM EST

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