TJ Yeldon

TJ Yeldon

Running Back #24
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 226 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:26
Born:October 2, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 2 (36)
Draft Team:JAX

TJ Yeldon: More competition for final roster

Yeldon has a new teammate in the running back corps after the Bills drafted Utah's Zack Moss in the third round of this weekend's draft.

Analysis: Moss won't really be competing with Yeldon, per se, since the former is a lock to make the team as such a high draft pick and can be considered the No. 2 guy to Devin Singletary right away. The Buffalo brass has been singing Yeldon's praises this offseason even though he didn't do much in his first season with the team, running for just 3.7 yards on 17 carries and catching 13 balls for for 124 yards. Yeldon and Singletary are also the two best receiving options in the RB room. That all said, Yeldon isn't much of a special teams player, so that spot will likely go to Taiwan Jones. And if that part holds true, it might all come down to a battle between Yeldon and ex-rugby star Christian Wade for one of the team's final roster spots.

April 28, 2020 2:58 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Sitting out Saturday

Yeldon (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Texans.

Analysis: Yeldon played in just six games this season, so it's not much of a surprise to see him as a healthy inactive in this pivotal contest. Expect Devin Singletary and Frank Gore to see the majority of the opportunities out of the backfield Saturday.

January 4, 2020 12:23 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Picks up 42 yards

Yeldon ran for 18 yards on seven carries and added 24 yards on three catches during Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Yeldon had accounted for just 20 touches all season, and none since Week 5, heading into Sunday, but saw extended playing time as the Bills rested their roster with the No. 5 seed already in their grasp. Rookie dynamo Devin Singletary was among those who sat out the game. With Singletary returning for Saturday's matchup against the Texans, expect Yeldon's role to be dramatically reduced -- if he dresses at all.

December 31, 2019 4:07 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: To see action

Yeldon is not among the inactives for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: We're not sure how much action Frank Gore will see in this meaningless finale for the Bills, but Devin Singletary is already a healthy scratch, so given Gore's age and familiarity with what he can do, there's a chance Yeldon could see some decent run just as more of an audition for next year or to see if he can be helpful for next week's playoff game in a reserve capacity.

December 29, 2019 9:11 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Inactive Week 14

Yeldon is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Yeldon fought an illness during the week but returned to practice Friday, but his bigger fight has been to return to the lineup, with Devin Singletary, Frank Gore, fullback Patrick DiMarco and special teamer Senorise Perry all cemented ahead of him. Yeldon hasn't suited up since Week 5.

December 8, 2019 8:39 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Back from illness

After missing Thursday's practice due to an illness, Yeldon is back on the practice field Friday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Yeldon has been a healthy inactive since Week 5, so there's no guarantee he'll suit up for Week 14, as the Bills seem content with Devin Singletary and Frank Gore at running back, Patrick DiMarco at fullback, and Senorise Perry on special teams.

December 6, 2019 8:35 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Not practicing Thursday

Yeldon is not participating in Thursday's practice due to an illness, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: Yeldon has been a healthy scratch for seven straight games, so even if he were forced to miss any time Buffalo's offense would emerge unscathed. Rookie Devin Singletary has emerged as the top option in the Bills' backfield, with Frank Gore serving a change-of-pace role and Senorise Perry contributing on special teams.

December 5, 2019 10:49 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Totals 28 yards

Yeldon ran for 15 yards on two carries and added 13 yards on four catches during Sunday's 14-7 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Yeldon garnered his first carry since Week 3 with rookie Devin Singletary (hamstring) out of commission, but was unable to get much traction as he put together the his lowest yardage total for a game in which he earned a touch this season. Yeldon has 10 catches over his past three games, so he holds some value as a third-down back even when Singletary returns. The Titans were a tough team to slip past in the passing game. Expect Week 7's opponent, Miami, to put up less resistance.

October 6, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Possible extra work in store

Yeldon's teammate Devin Singletary has been ruled out of the Week 5 contest against the Titans due to a lingering hamstring injury.

Analysis: That makes Frank Gore the clear main man in the Buffalo backfield once again, though it also means some extra work for Yeldon. The latter didn't have a carry in last week's loss to the Patriots, but he did catch all four of his targets for 68 yards, following a game in Week 3 where he had eight carries for 30 yards to go with a 2-19-0 line in the passing game. Yeldon is a reach of course, but he can at least get you some guaranteed small volume if you're completely desperate.

October 6, 2019 8:45 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Involved in passing game

Yeldon didn't log a rush during Sunday's loss to the Patriots but caught all four of his targets for 68 yards.

Analysis: Yeldon was the beneficiary of rookie Devin Singletary missing a second straight week with a hamstring injury, though the former will have a lesser role when the rookie -- who was back at practice last week -- returns, which could happen as soon as Week 5. This was Yeldon's best yardage game as a Bill, but he's on the far fringes of the fantasy radar as usual.

September 29, 2019 10:09 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Gets 10 touches, loses fumble

Yeldon rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught two of three targets for 19 yards while losing a fumble in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Yeldon filled the void left by Devin Singletary's (hamstring) absence, recording 10 touches compared to Frank Gore's 16. His fumble was a costly one, as it occurred with the Bills in the red zone late in the first half. Yeldon's calling card is his pass-catching ability out of the backfield, but that skill hasn't been needed much with Buffalo often playing from ahead en route to a 3-0 start. The team will likely need to pass a lot more in Week 4, as Buffalo is expected to fall behind against the Patriots.

September 22, 2019 3:00 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Opportunity knocking

Yeldon's teammate Devin Singletary (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

Analysis: That shifts Yeldon up to the No. 2 role this week. While Frank Gore could be plodding his way to 20-plus carries against the Bengals, there should be a few leftovers for Yeldon, though the latter could feature in the passing game, where he has much better skills than the 36-year-old Gore.

September 20, 2019 9:47 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Opportunity coming?

Yeldon did not register a carry or target during Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: That makes two straight games of no production for Yeldon, though that could change if teammate Devin Singletary's hamstring injury turns out to be anything serious. That would push Yeldon into the No. 2 spot in the game plan, a spot that could offer some opportunity given Yeldon's strong skills as a pass catcher, not to mention the other guy in front of him, Frank Gore, is 36 years old.

September 15, 2019 7:51 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Takes back seat to Gore, Singletary

Yeldon did not have a rush or a target in Sunday's comeback win over the Jets.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Frank Gore had a 11 carries and rookie Devin Singletary had four. It's not surprising Yeldon would get less carries than those two, but he's known as the best pass-catching option of the three and yet the Bills favored Singletary in this area as well, with the latter getting six targets. Buffalo preached committee between the three running backs all week, but as was the case throughout the summer when Yeldon spent his time with the second and third teamers, he's a clear third in the pecking order.

September 8, 2019 6:19 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Expected to have Week 1 role

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said Yeldon would have a role in the Bills' game plan Sunday against the Jets, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Daboll didn't offer many specifics on nature or extent of Yeldon's involvement Week 1, other than noting that the former Jaguar along with Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary would have their roles determined based on what they're able to do a "week-to-week basis." While Gore and Singletary still look like the better bets to lead the Bills in snaps and touches in the season opener, Yeldon's prospects have undoubtedly brightened following the recent release of LeSean McCoy. For now, Yeldon at least looks like the preferred pass-catching back of the trio. Singletary only nabbed six receptions in his final season at Florida Atlantic, while Gore mainly acts as an early down chain mover on the ground at this stage of his career.

September 5, 2019 10:09 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Likely roster spot

With LeSean McCoy and Senorise Perry being let go by the Bills on Saturday, Yeldon appears to have made the final roster.

Analysis: As it currently shapes up, Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary will be the main ball carriers, but Yeldon appears to be the top dog as the pass-catching, change-of-pace option. That's a much better look than possible cut following a shaky spell Yeldon had earlier in the summer.

August 31, 2019 12:28 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Shines in passing game

Yeldon brought in three of four targets for 51 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Lions. He rushed three times for zero yards.

Analysis: Yeldon's had an up-and-down summer as he tries to land a fourth roster spot amid a deep running back crew. Rookie Devin Singletary has already passed him for the No. 3 spot. If it was all about rushing, a couple of others may be ahead of Yeldon in the pecking order too, but he's got a good reputation as a pass catcher out of the backfield and that's exactly what showed Friday. His skills in that area -- which matches the Bills' plan to utilize a short passing game -- might be enough to earn him that last spot.

August 24, 2019 5:04 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Shaky status?

Yeldon rushed two times for eight yards and hauled in his only target for 10 yards in Thursday's preseason win over the Colts.

Analysis: Perhaps more importantly, Yeldon had a costly fumble while the other Buffalo depth backs did more with their time. Yeldon has already been pushed to No. 4 on the depth chart due to the emergence of rookie Devin Singletary, and with Senorise Perry being a far better special teams player than Yeldon, the latter better step up his game if he wants to secure a roster spot. His pass-catching ability may be the one thing that saves him, given coordinator Brian Daboll's wish to have more short passing options spread out all over the field this season.

August 10, 2019 9:48 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Pushed down depth chart

Yeldon has been working primarily with the second unit during training camps, competing for snaps with rookie Devin Singletary, Nate Mendelson of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The Bills seem so high on Singletary's playmaking abilities that Yeldon should probably be considered the No. 4 back for now, with veterans LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore holding the top two spots. That said, Yeldon's receiving abilities -- he had 55 catches for 487 yards and four scores last season -- should keep him on the roster while perhaps giving him a key third-down role. The only ways he might enter the fantasy landscape, however, would be due to injuries or if the Bills decide to move on from the expensive McCoy.

July 29, 2019 10:51 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Participating Tuesday

Yeldon (groin) is participating in at least the individual portion of Tuesday's practice, Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The veteran and newcomer to the Bills missed the first round of offseason practices, though it sounds like he'll be fine as things start to get more serious. Yeldon is unlikely to pass veterans LeSean McCoy or Frank Gore on the depth chart, so the best guess for now is he'll serve as a pass-catching specialist out of the backfield. However, McCoy and Gore are way up there in years and don't come cheap, so the team could always cut bait from one of them if they see a noticeable decline in skills.

June 4, 2019 9:02 AM EST

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