LAS VEGAS — In Weeks 1 and 2, the Bills deployed a split backfield, with second-year running back Devin Singletary and rookie RB Zack Moss each garnering about 10-12 touches per game. After splitting time with the rookie during the first two weeks of the season, in Week 3, with Moss out due to a toe injury, Singletary had a chance to spread his wings and showed why he deserves to be the team’s clear-cut lead back.
Without Moss, who had played about 45% of the team’s offensive snaps through two weeks, Singletary, who had played about 58% of the snaps in Weeks 1 and 2, was on the field nearly 90% of the time on Sunday against the Rams. His increase in playing time led to a steep rise in production, as before Week 3, Singletary had totaled just 26 touches for 129 total yards, and against LA, Singletary ran the ball 13 times and caught four passes for a total of 121 yards.
Singletary’s performance this past Sunday showed what he can do if given ample touches, and why the Bills should continue to provide him with such moving forward, especially this week against the Raiders - a team with one of the worst run defenses in the league. Las Vegas allows 163 yards per game on the ground and is coming off their worst performance of the season in Week 3 when they allowed the New England Patriots to rush for 250 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries.
Running the football will likely be a significant point of emphasis for the Bills on offense this week. With Moss questionable to play Sunday, you will probably see another big day of work for Singletary.