TJ Yeldon

TJ Yeldon

Running Back #24
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 226 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:27
Born:October 2, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 2 (36)
Draft Team:JAX

TJ Yeldon: Infrequent contributor

Yeldon only suited up for three regular-season games in 2020, rushing 10 times for 70 yards and catching just one pass for 22 yards, which went for a touchdown.

Analysis: Yeldon nearly matched his entire regular-season total in the AFC Championship Game, where he picked up 56 yards from scrimmage on seven touches while serving as a change-of-pace option from Devin Singletary. Yeldon will turn 28 in October and has never lived up to his second-round draft status, but he has a good set of hands and has figured out a way to provide occasional value. If he re-signs with the Bills -- he's an unrestricted free agent this offseason -- he'll have a similar depth role behind Singletary and Zack Moss.

February 4, 2021 5:12 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: In line for No. 2 role

Coach Sean McDermott said Friday that Yeldon will work as Devin Singletary's backup in Saturday's AFC divisional-round game against the Ravens, Nick Wojton of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Yeldon was a healthy scratch for last week's wild-card win over the Colts. Zack Moss suffered a postseason-ending ankle injury during that game, opening the door for Yeldon to take on a larger role for the rest of playoffs. Yeldon logged just 42 offensive snaps and 11 touches for 92 yards and a touchdown over three games during the regular season, and he hasn't taken the field since Week 5. Meanwhile, the Bills elevated Antonio Williams from the practice squad to add backfield depth. Yeldon is expected to run ahead of Williams, but it adds ambiguity to the former's situation.

January 15, 2021 2:45 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Inactive for Saturday

Yeldon (coach's decision) is inactive for Saturday's wild-card matchup against Indianapolis.

Analysis: While Yeldon was previously on the Bills' reserve/COVID-19 list, he is now healthy but still will not play in Saturday's game. The running back is simply not as much of a factor compared to teammates Devin Singletary and Zack Moss.

January 9, 2021 8:54 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Activated from COVID-19 list

Yeldon (illness) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Yeldon will provide the Bills with added backfield depth as Saturday's playoff opener against the Colts approaches, but he's clearly behind Devin Singletary and Zack Moss in the team's running back pecking order.

January 6, 2021 8:17 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Tests positive for COVID-19

Yeldon was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday after testing positive for the virus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Yeldon is out for the Week 16 matchup against New England, and depending on when he tested positive, he could miss the season finale.

December 27, 2020 2:34 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Healthy scratch Sunday

Yeldon (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Arizona.

Analysis: The 27-year-old sat out Week 9 due to a back injury, and he's inactive again this week despite being recovered from the injury. Even when he is active, Yeldon is unlikely to be much of a factor while Devin Singletary and Zack Moss remain healthy.

November 15, 2020 11:49 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Back at practice

Yeldon (back) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Yeldon failed to practice all last week with the back issue before being ruled out of Week 9, so it appears he's on track to return to the lineup. The Alabama product has seen a limited role this season, rushing for just 70 yards on 10 carries and adding a touchdown catch for 22 yards. Expect Yeldon to sit third on the depth chart for Sunday's game against Arizona behind Devin Singletary and the emerging Zack Moss.

November 11, 2020 3:12 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Won't play in Week 9

Yeldon (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Yeldon was unable to practice all week and will continue to sit out as a result. Devin Singletary and Zack Moss will continue to split Buffalo's backfield reps while the team's offense will likely go pass-heavy against Seattle's league-worst secondary.

November 6, 2020 11:34 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: DNP to start practice week

Yeldon missed Wednesday's practice due to a back injury.

Analysis: Yeldon was scratched for Sunday's win against the Patriots due to the issue, though he's often a healthy inactive anyway. The veteran has carried the ball just 10 times in 2020, while the only pass he's caught did go for a touchdown.

November 4, 2020 12:43 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Scratched Week 7

Yeldon is inactive for Sunday's game at the Jets.

Analysis: Yeldon had a big Week 5 in a blowout loss to the Titans with 74 scrimmage yards and a receiving touchdown, but the team is committed to backup Zack Moss as the now healthy backup to Devin Singletary, while the third active spot always goes to special teams stud Taiwon Jones.

October 25, 2020 8:40 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Inactive Monday

Yeldon is inactive for Monday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Yeldon is the odd man out in the Bills' Week 6 backfield, with Zack Moss back from a toe injury and slated to work in tandem with Devin Singletary.

October 19, 2020 12:45 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Finds end zone Tuesday

Yeldon rushed seven times for 52 yards and caught one of three targets for a 22-yard touchdown in Tuesday's 42-16 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: With Devin Singletary (11 carries for 25 yards) struggling and Zack Moss (toe) sitting out, Yeldon was entrusted with picking up a few 3rd-and-shorts and managed to deliver. The veteran running back then got free in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown to bring Buffalo within 12 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and broke loose for a 34-yard run in garbage time to pad his stat line. Yeldon's role will likely shrink when Moss comes back, but he could see some extra playing time at Singletary's expense Monday against the Chiefs if Moss' injury keeps the rookie out for a fourth consecutive game.

October 13, 2020 7:22 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Sees first action of season

Yeldon carried three times for 18 yards and was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's win over the Rams.

Analysis: Yeldon, a healthy scratch the first two weeks, was asked to suit up as the No. 2 running back with Zack Moss out with a toe injury. The 6.0 yards per carry is nice, but the 2015 second-rounder simply hasn't seen enough volume to be a factor for years. Still, the Bills have an effective running game, and Yeldon was one injury away from having a meaningful role in the attack Sunday. One thing he does do well is catch the ball out of the backfield, but the team uses wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie in more of that short-area role.

September 27, 2020 7:54 PM EST

TJ Yeldon: Not dressing for Week 2

Yeldon will be inactive for Sunday's game in Miami, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Yeldon was inactive last week as well, a situation that could continue until/unless Devin Singletary or Zack Moss suffers an injury. Taiwan Jones is a far better special teams player than Yeldon and could be used as an emergency RB if needed.

September 20, 2020 8:51 AM EST

TJ Yeldon: Survives roster cuts

Yeldon survived the Bills' roster cutdown Saturday and looks to begin the season as the team's No. 3 running back.

Analysis: Taiwan Jones also made the team, but he's more of a special-teams ace and it will be Yeldon who should see the field as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. Note that the Bills seem to tweak the bottom of their roster more than the average team, so Yeldon is no sure thing to last the entire season. The Bills are already planning out a visit with veteran cut Lamar Miller.

September 7, 2020 12:41 PM EST

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

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