Shaq Lawson Jerseys 2019 , which has caused some consternation in the locker room and outside speculation about what changes will be made if the team winds up with a similar record this season.Much of that speculation focuses on head coach Todd Bowles, who is in his fourth season and currently on track to miss the playoffs for the fourth time. During his Thursday press conference, Bowles was asked about the job offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has done this year and said the collective coaching staff hasn’t “done a good job.”Bowles was later asked if he felt like this Sunday’s game against the Bills is a must win for his team.“It’s getting to that point, but every game from here on out is a must win,” Bowles said. “Every game three weeks ago was a must win. Each week is a must win for us, but from a record standpoint, yes.”With a bye week on the other side of Sunday’s game, negative chatter about Bowles’ future could reach something closer to a deafening roar if the Jets lose to a 2-7 Bills team that might be starting Nathan Peterman at quarterback. The Buffalo Bills have an aging running back population, featuring LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory. Both are over 30 and make good money, and both could be on the chopping block this offseason.Just as the Bills are going through coaching staff and roster evaluations now that their season is over, so are we at Buffalo Rumblings. In our second look at a player that Buffalo may move on from this off-season, we look at the running back position and Chris Ivory. Our look at McCoy can be found here.2018 Analysis(Read the full analysis by Jeff Kantrowski aka Skarekrow)Despite his advanced NFL years and being the backup to a possible Hall of Fame talent in McCoy, there’s plenty of reason to keep Ivory around.As the clips show, he was quite versatile for the Bills—and not just in physical talent. The veteran was able to diagnose and help out in plays that a younger back might miss as they adjust to the speed of the game. There’s a valid concern about yards-per-carry, with Ivory’s in steady decline since 2015, his last over 4.0 yards per carry. With evidence strongly suggesting a major issue with the line, it’s not unreasonable to think Ivory would have had a respectable 2018 if there had been better blocking in front of him.Improvement on the offensive line should help Ivory White Adolphus Washington Jerseys , but the natural argument becomes justifying Ivory over McCoy or a promising youngster. Ivory’s presence would likely benefit a young player so there’s not much conflict there. If the Bills only stick with one of Ivory or McCoy, there’s actually an argument for Ivory. While age is the oft-cited problem for the position, there’s an argument that number of carries might be more important. McCoy enters the 2019 season with about 2,600 carries in his career. While Ivory is 112 days older than McCoy, he’s only accumulated about 1,300 carries.Salary cap savings(Read the full analysis by Dylan Zadonowicz and Matt Warren)Buffalo won’t be handcuffed by his roster bonus of $406,250. They can pay that early in the offseason and roll with Ivory through free agency and the draft with little effort on their cap. Still, it is designed as a decision point for them and Ivory.2019 cap hit: $2.9 millionRoster bonus: $406,250Workout bonus: $250,000Salary due: $1.5 millionDead money: $750,000Cap savings: $2.16 million, if released before roster bonusIn-house replacement options(Read the full article by Dan Lavoie)Marcus Murphy2018 stats: 52 carries, 250 yards (4.8 YPC), 11 receptions, 26 yardsMurphy held his own in training camp, and he made the opening day active roster. Murphy’s fresh legs were welcome at times during the season, but he struggled in pass protection and the Bills were more reluctant to dial his number as the year wore on. He finished as the team’s fourth-leading rusher. Murphy will be 28 years old in 2019 Youth Taron Johnson Jerseys , entering his fifth NFL season.Keith Ford2018 stats: 21 carries, 79 yards (3.8 YPC), 3 receptions, 21 yardsFord joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Ford signed with the Bills and played with the team in training camp. He ended up on the practice squad, from which he was promoted in mid-December during the aforementioned injuries. He had a decent, if unexciting debut to the NFL. Ford led the team with 33 yards on seven carries in his first game, a loss to the Patriots. He avoided major mistakes in 2018, but his longest play from scrimmage was eleven yards.Taiwan Jones2018 stats: 5 tacklesBuffalo’s special teams captain is a free agent this year. The running back didn’t receive any offensive touches before he hit injured reserve with a neck injury.Free agent options (Read the full article by Sean Murphy)T.J. YeldonYeldon rushed for 414 yards and 1 touchdown and caught 55 passes for 487 yards and 4 touchdowns. He averaged 4 yards per rush this year, and he has averaged 4.4 yards per tote over the last two seasons combined; teammate Leonard Fournette, on the other hand, has averaged 3.7 yards per carry in the same span. Yeldon has struggled to stay healthy in the past, but if he is used as part of a backfield-by-committee, he has the speed, the receiving ability, and the rushing ability to serve as an immediate upgrade.Tevin ColemanIf Buffalo wants to make a slightly bigger splash, they can splurge a bit on Coleman, who has been the lightning in the Atlanta Falcons backfield to Devonta Freeman’s thunder over the past few seasons. Coleman is also 25 (he turns 26 in April) Taron Johnson Jerseys Stitched , and he had a very good year serving as the starter while Freeman was injured. Coleman set career highs in carries (167), yards (800), yards per carry (4.smile, receptions (32), and receiving touchdowns (5); he also ran for 4 touchdowns and totaled 276 receiving yards. Coleman is an ultra-talented player who has never had the chance to be “the guy” in an offensive backfield. Buffalo could give him that chance next season, and it would be an upgrade.Mark IngramI know what you’re thinking—if part of the reason Buffalo should move on from an aging running back, why would they sign a running back in free agency who turns 30 next season? Well, he is a “young” 29, as his birthday just passed in December. Also, Ingram has less wear and tear than most running backs of his age when they hit the open market. He only has 1,321 career carries to go with 228 receptions through his age-29 season. If Ingram wants a chance to be a lead back, outside of the shadow of his younger teammate Alvin Kamara, a two-year deal for $8-$10 million could be worthwhile for both Buffalo and Ingram. Mike DavisThe former fourth round draft choice by the San Francisco 49ers had his most productive NFL season in 2018 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. Davis ran 112 times for 514 yards (4.6 YPC) and 4 touchdowns as a member of the most productive trio in the league, and he is the only one not under contract for next season. While he has never had the chance to be “the guy,” this is another opportunity to grab a talented player from a time-share at the fraction of the cost of Buffalo’s current offensive backfield. Davis is also a capable receiver, as he caught 34 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown this year.Le’Veon BellHow could we discuss running backs without the most talented one on the market? The negatives here are obvious—Bell hasn’t played football in over a year, and he is looking to make more money than any running back in NFL history with this contract. If the Bills are looking to save cash Adolphus Washington Jerseys 2019 , then this isn’t the route to take. However, Bell’s talent is undeniable. In the three season where Bell has played all 16 games, he has rushed for at least 1,200 yards, caught at least 75 passes, averaged at least 4 yards per rush, and scored at least 9 total touchdowns each time. Buffalo should kick the tires here, and they ultimately should probably pass...but man, it sure is tempting.Jay AjayiSpeaking of kicking the tires and taking risks, signing Ajayi represents an opportunity to buy low on a supremely talented player coming off an injury. Ajayi suffered an ACL tear in Week 5, but he had rushed 45 times for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns to that point in the year. Ajayi’s effort waned at times when he played for the Miami Dolphins, but he seemed to turn the corner after being traded. If he is the kind of player motivated by adversity and doubt, then rehabbing an injury could be the catalyst for another big jump. NFL Draft options(Read the full article by Andrew Giffin)The 2019 NFL Draft’s running-back class looks average on the surface, as there are few surefire franchise players, but there is plenty of depth. As is frequently the case with running backs, some of the middle-round prospects may likely prove to be more impactful and productive than their draft slot would indicate.(Note: Grif breaks down all of the following players in his dedicated 2019 NFL Draft running back article here.)Tier IDavid Montgomery, Iowa State Josh Jacobs http://www.thebillslockerroom.com/authentic-doug-flutie-jersey , AlabamaRodney Anderson, Oklahoma Darrell Henderson, MemphisTier IIDevin Singletary, Florida AtlanticDamien Harris, AlabamaMike Weber, Ohio StateTrayveon Williams, Texas A&MTier IIIBryce Love, StanfordMiles Sanders, Penn StateMyles Gaskin, WashingtonBenny Snell, KentuckyJustice Hill, Oklahoma StateTimothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsNow it’s time for you to vote. Knowing all you know now, should the Bills bring back Chris Ivory in 2019? If no, how should they replace him?
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