Although second-year running back Devin Singletary will return for the Bills in 2020 following a successful rookie year, newcomer to the Buffalo backfield Zack Moss comes in with a real chance to make a big impact on the team’s success in the immediate future. The Bills are without veteran running back Frank Gore this season, who left via free agency and joined the New York Jets, providing Moss with a clear path to filling a prominent role in the Buffalo offense.
Before Buffalo selected Moss with the 86th pick in the third round of the 2020 draft, the former Utah Utes’ RB displayed the ability to carry a run game while performing at the college level. During his time in Salt Lake City, Moss broke six school records after recording 712 career carries for 4,067 career rushing yards and 38 career rushing touchdowns, as well as 18 100-yard rushing games. In his final season at Utah, Moss was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and to the Pac-12 Conference’s First-Team after going for 1,416 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging 108.9 yards per game over 13 games played. He also finished third on the Utes’ offense with 28 receptions in 2019-2020.
Set to enter more of a two-back system in Buffalo, Moss believes there is nothing that can stop him from succeeding at the next level.
“You’re getting a guy that loves the game of football for all of the right reasons a guy who is going to come in and continue to work every day to hopefully restore a lot of greatness to this franchise,” said Moss on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “I’m a guy who is going to come in and embrace the city and the community with open arms.”
Moss, who has already drawn comparisons to a former Bills’ draft pick and longtime NFL veteran Marshawn Lynch, believes he can bring the boom to the Buffalo run game.
“To just not be tackled and to make sure that I’m not being tackled by one guy,” said Moss, who says his goal is to play as relentlessly as possible. “If you’re going to tackle me it’s going to have to be a business decision. It’s all night, it’s all game, it’s four quarters of punishment and just trying to be the most dominant player on the field every time I have that ball in my hands.”
Quotes like those have already begun to endear Moss to Bills’ fans everywhere.
“I love them, they’ve been great. Just interacting with me through social media and stuff like that,” said Moss about the Buffalo faithful. “I’ve been trying to do my part (engaging with the fans). They do a lot of crazy stuff and I’ve been told it’s more of a college town atmosphere, so I’m definitely happy to be somewhere where fans are so passionate about the game of football.”
Moss has also liked what he has seen from Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen, as the two have been spending time together since the rookie RB was drafted, despite not being able to come together at the team facility. Allen has taken it upon himself to come together with a number of his new teammates while the country has been somewhat shutdown throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. Moss believes that time spent together will be invaluable when the two are able to hit the field with their teammates in the future.
“Just the way he is very cool calm and collected. He is a hard worker, but knows how to relax,” said Moss about what impressed him about his new quarterback. “You always want to be around guys like that - that can turn it on and off in a sense. He can really spin it, and just watching him throw the ball off balance while we have been working out and training has been really cool to see. I think he is going to do a lot of good things this year.”
In preparation for his rookie season, Moss says he has done his best to become a sponge when discussing his future with those who have performed at the professional level, including conversations with his cousin, former NFL veteran Santana Moss.
“Just to pretty much enjoy this all right now,” said Moss on the advice provided by the former Jets and Redskins wide receiver. “And make sure that I’m doing what I’m supposed to each and every day and take full advantage of it.”
Moss says that he knows his time as a pro is limited and in order to squeeze all the juice out of the orange, he must make the most of every day.
“You only get one chance at this, it’s a one shot thing,” he said. “(I’m) just making sure that I’m getting everything out of (my career) that I possibly can.”
Already seeming to have hit the ground running in the early days of his professional career, Moss is on his way to becoming a major factor in what the franchise hopes is a transcendent era of Bills football.