Zack Moss

Buffalo Bills
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Potentially crowded backfield

The Bills drafted James Cook out of Georgia in the second round of the NFL Draft, and the rookie will presumably compete with Moss and Devin Singletary for playing time in 2022.

Analysis: This spells a bit of trouble for Moss, a third-round pick in 2020. His struggles to date are probably part of the reason the Bills drafted a running back so high. Meanwhile, Singletary ended the 2021 season on a tear, scoring nine touchdowns over the team's last six games (three regular season, three playoffs) while surpassing 80 rushing yards in four of them. Moss last received double-digit carries all the way back in Week 5, and he was even a healthy scratch at times. Expect the Cook to start chipping in on Singletary's workload right away, and the rookie could even leapfrog Moss in short order for the No. 2 role.

May 1, 2022 10:31 PM EST

Barely plays behind Singletary

Moss carried once for no gain across his six snaps on offense in Sunday's 42-36 loss to the Chiefs in the divisional round.

Analysis: Though he had a clear path to the top backup role for a second straight game with Matt Breida a healthy inactive once again, Moss did little Sunday beyond providing an occasional breather for starting back Devin Singletary. After he and Singletary mostly worked in a timeshare over the first three quarters of the season, the backfield clearly became the latter's domain down the stretch as the Bills aimed to solidify playoff positioning. With averages of 4.5 yards per carry and 5.7 yards per target over Buffalo's final seven games dating back to Week 14, Singletary seemingly answered any questions about his ability to handle a three-down workload. The Bills may pare down some of Singletary's snap counts over the course of the full 2022 campaign to ensure he's able to carry the load in the games that mean the most, but Moss probably shouldn't be viewed as much more than a high-end handcuff entering the upcoming season.

Jan 25, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Quiet Week 18

Moss carried five times for eight yards and caught two balls for six yards during Sunday's 27-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Perhaps Moss would have gotten more work had the Bills pulled away from the 4-13 Jets earlier, but it was close enough for most of the afternoon that the team stuck with hot hand Devin Singletary, who's emerged as the team's clear-cut No. 1 running back in recent weeks. At this stage, Moss is fortunate just to have separated himself from Matt Breida, but the former will be a dart option in playoff pools even if you believe the Bills will advance far. Moss finishes his second regular season with 96 carries for 345 yards and four rushing scores, which equates to a disappointing 3.6 yards per carry. He also had a modest role in the passing game with a 23-197-1 line. All in all, it was a rough sophomore campaign for the 2020 third-round pick.

Jan 10, 2022 6:27 PM EST

Strong runs but limited chances

Moss had five carries for 39 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 29-15 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: The good news was that Moss has retaken his spot on the depth chart above Matt Breida, who was made a healthy inactive again. The bad is that Devin Singletary has gotten hot down the stretch (23 carries for 110 yards and two scores Sunday) and seems to be the main guy as the Bills ramp up for the playoffs. Moss might get some extra action if the Bills jump out ahead of the feeble Jets in the regular-season finale, but this is clearly Singletary's show for now and Moss doesn't offer much value as a clear-cut No. 2 on a team where the quarterback also serves as an extra running back.

Jan 3, 2022 9:48 PM EST

Active again Week 17

Moss will be active for the second consecutive game Week 17 against Atlanta.

Analysis: There was a point this season in which Moss ended up as a healthy scratch for three of four games, but Sunday will represent the second contest in a row he'll make the active list in favor of Matt Breida, who is again a healthy scratch. Moss was on the field for roughly a third of the offensive snaps last week against the Patriots, but it amounted to just four touches, making his role this week quite a bit uncertain. Meanwhile, starter Devin Singletary saw 12 carries and six targets in the passing game, and has now averaged 12.6 carries per game over his last five contests.

Jan 2, 2022 8:40 AM EST

Four touches in Week 16

Moss rushed three times for 12 yards and caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 33-21 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Moss suited up for the first time since Week 13, with Matt Breida sitting as a healthy scratch. Devin Singletary dominated touches in Buffalo's backfield and finished with 78 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 17 touches. The touchdown came from two yards out, so Singletary has supplanted Moss as Buffalo's preferred short-yardage option. Without a role near the goal line, Moss doesn't see enough volume to garner much fantasy consideration, even with a favorable Week 17 matchup against the Falcons up next.

Dec 26, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Suiting up against Patriots

Moss will take the field for the first time since Week 13 in Sunday's matchup against New England.

Analysis: Moss had been a healthy scratch in back-to-back weeks and three of the last four overall, giving way to Matt Breida as the backup to Devin Singletary. Breida now finds himself as the healthy scratch, with Singletary and special-teamer Taiwan Jones the only other backs on the active roster. The last time Moss suited up was Week 12 against the Patriots, when he took eight carries for 21 yards and added two catches for 12 yards. It's unclear if a similar usage pattern will be reflected here, or if Moss will purely be used in a reserve capacity.

Dec 26, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Another healthy scratch

Moss will be a healthy scratch Week 15 against Carolina.

Analysis: Moss will be sidelined for his second contest in a row, as well as his third in the past four games. Look for the backfield to once again be led by Devin Singletary, with Matt Breida also available for what is likely a passing-down role.

Dec 19, 2021 8:35 AM EST

To hit bench again

Moss will be a healthy inactive for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: This will be Moss's second time hitting the bench out of the last three games as the Bills' running back carousel keeps going round and round. Devin Singletary and Matt Breida will get an extra slice of the pie Sunday without Moss at the dessert table.

Dec 12, 2021 12:02 PM EST

Gets eight carries

Moss rushed eight times for 21 yards and caught two of three targets for 12 yards in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Moss returned after being a healthy scratch in Week 12 and ultimately tied Devin Singletary to lead Buffalo's backfield with 10 touches while managing just three fewer scrimmage yards than his teammate. Although his overall production still wasn't anything special, very windy conditions Monday resulted in New England loading up on the running game, restricting space for Moss to maneuver. On the bright side, after his Thanksgiving absence, Moss seems to be back in the rotation alongside Singletary and Matt Breida as Buffalo now prepares for a matchup in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Dec 6, 2021 8:57 PM EST

Avoids inactive list Monday

Moss is active for Monday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Moss was a healthy scratch in the Bills' last game on Thanksgiving at New Orleans, yielding RB reps to Devin Singletary and Matt Breida. It's unclear how offensive coordinator Brian Daboll intends to reincorporate Moss into the lineup, but he may be available due to the need for a consistent ground game due to the windy and snowy conditions in Buffalo on Monday. On the season, Moss has averaged 3.5 yards on his 75 carries, reeled in 18 of 26 targets for 166 yards and scored five total TDs in nine appearances.

Dec 6, 2021 4:19 PM EST

Inactive Thursday

Moss is inactive for Thursday night's game against the Saints.

Analysis: With the Bills making Moss a healthy scratch in Week 12, what had recently been a three-back arrangement is now down to a time-share that will feature Devin Singletary and Matt Breida on Thursday. In the process, the two backs will be operating against a New Orleans defense that has allowed an average of 89.8 rushing yards per game to date.

Nov 25, 2021 3:56 PM EST

Expected to be inactive

Moss is expected to be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Saints, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Moss was a healthy scratch in the season opener but had suited up for each of the last nine games. However, he had a minimal role in last week's loss to the Colts and rushed three times for five yards while failing to secure his lone target. If Moss is ultimately inactive, Devin Singletary and Matt Breida should handle the majority of the rushing duties for Buffalo.

Nov 25, 2021 12:52 PM EST

Suits up and scores

Moss (concussion) rushed seven times for 27 yards and a touchdown but wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: After having his practice participation capped while he was in concussion protocol throughout the week, Moss was outplayed by both Devin Singletary and Matt Breida, though all three Buffalo running backs scored at least one touchdown against the hapless Jets defense. Moss's one-yard plunge to put the Bills up 38-3 in the third quarter was his first fifth scrimmage touchdown of the season but first since Week 4. He'll likely continue to get the majority of short-yardage opportunities while working in a backfield timeshare in Week 11 against the Colts.

Nov 14, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Ready for Week 10

Moss (concussion) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: This was expected after the Bills announced Saturday that Moss had cleared the NFL's concussion protocol. The 2020 third-rounder is thus slated to continue to work in tandem with Devin Singletary. While the duo draws a favorable matchup against the Jets' 27th-ranked run defense -- which has allowed an average 133.3 yards per game on the ground to date -- the ongoing time-share caps the fantasy ceilings of both backs. The best bet for both Moss and Singletary is if the Bills can build a lead against a lesser opponent and start running the ball with more frequency than we've seen in recent weeks.

Nov 14, 2021 8:33 AM EST

Cleared for Sunday

Moss was cleared from concussion protocol and is set to play Sunday against the Jets.

Analysis: Moss was a limited participant in both Thursday and Friday's practice, but having cleared concussion protocol the 23-year-old is slated to play Sunday against the Jets. Prior to his injury against the Jags, Moss was coming off a season-high 42 snaps in Week 8 along with a season high in catches (six).

Nov 13, 2021 7:59 AM EST

Status in question for Week 10

Moss (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road game against the Jets.

Analysis: Moss made tangible progress through the concussion protocol this week, working in a limited fashion on the practice field both Thursday and Friday. Considering he didn't make it back to full, he likely still has to meet with an independent neurologist to be cleared to play. If Moss doesn't pass the requisite tests in time to suit up Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET and misses his second game of the season, Devin Singletary will serve as the Bills' unquestioned lead back, with Taiwan Jones and Matt Breida candidates to get reps as well.

Nov 12, 2021 11:33 AM EST

Limited at practice Thursday

Moss (concussion) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Per Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic, Moss is still in the NFL's concussion protocol and practiced in a non-contact jersey Thursday. That's a step in the right direction for the running back, but there are still hurdles for him to clear in order to be available for Sunday's game against the Jets. Friday's final injury report will reveal whether or not Moss heads into the weekend with an official Week 10 injury designation.

Nov 11, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Moss remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and won't practice Wednesday, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Analysis: The running back still has two more opportunities to gain clearance to practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Jets, but Moss' absence from practice Wednesday suggests that he's not a lock to suit up this weekend. If he is unavailable, Devin Singletary would be in line for added backfield touches in Week 10.

Nov 10, 2021 9:31 AM EST

Concussion confirmed

Bills head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Moss (head) was placed in the concussion protocol following his early exit in Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Jaguars, Alaina Getzenberg of reports.

Analysis: Before leaving, Moss carried three times for six yards and reeled in two of his four targets for 18 yards. Moss will now have to clear the five-step protocol to make himself available for the Bills' Week 10 game against the Jets, but if the second-year player doesn't get the green light to play, Devin Singletary could be in store for a three-down role out of the Buffalo backfield.

Nov 8, 2021 2:15 PM EST

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