In a move that has been rumored for weeks, the Buffalo Bills released veteran running back LeSean McCoy on Saturday, clearing $6.4 million in cap space. The 31-year-old running back will now become a free agent, and should draw interest from several teams, namely the Houston Texans, after Lamar Miller suffered a season-ending injury.
McCoy's departure clears up the backfield situation in Buffalo, which was looking like a possible four-headed monster before him being cut. Veterans Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon still remain, but the biggest beneficiary from a fantasy perspective may be rookie Devin Singletary, who the Bills selected in the third round of April's NFL Draft.
Singletary, who spent three years at Florida Atlantic, was a polarizing prospect entering the league. He put up monstrous stats in college, with 66 touchdowns in 38 games and a career 6.0 yards per carry, but underwhelmed at the NFL Combine with a 4.66 40-yard dash time. Singletary's 96 missed tackles in his final collegiate season were second to only David Montgomery, who had 100.
The Bills still spent a day two pick on Singletary, who is a tad undersized at 5'7", 203 pounds, but a load to bring down with nice lateral quickness and cutting ability. Now, he has a huge opportunity in front of him, as a road matchup with the New York Jets awaits in Week 1.
While some are projecting Singletary to be the Bills' starting running back, he will still have to compete with Gore for early down work and Yeldon for passing down work. Singletary likely has the most upside of the three, and the Bills are clearly high on their rookie who was kept out of Buffalo's final preseason game.
Heading into Labor Day weekend, Singletary had an average draft position (ADP) of RB48, or pick 132 overall. That is clearly too low now, following McCoy's departure. As a result, Singletary should be bumped up inside the top 32 RBs, around the neighborhood of fellow rookie Miles Sanders (RB28), Austin Ekler (RB 29) and Derrius Guice (RB31).
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