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: 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

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

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