Bills play host for RB Yeldon
Former Jaguar would provide backfield depth
With the Buffalo Bills having LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore as their primary running backs, the assumption was the Bills would need to add a player at the position in the NFL draft next week.
Perhaps, that addition will come sooner. The Bills hosted former Jacksonville Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon on a free-agent Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
General Manager Brandon Beane hinted at a potential move other than the draft when he met with reporters Monday.
“I don’t want to sit here and say we need it,” Beane said of drafting a running back. “I get it, we’ve got two guys who are over 30. We’ve paid attention to it. But I still think there’s guys who are out there and even some in free agency still who can help who will get on teams and help them.
“It’s kind of a different market for that position altogether in a lot of ways. I think there are some guys in the draft who do have a good skill set and we’ll see how it falls.”
Yeldon, 25, had 104 carries, 414 yards and one touchdown last season in 14 games, with five starts and was an effective weapon in catching passes out of the backfield with 55 receptions for 487 yards and four scores.
The Bills have room for a third running back behind McCoy and Gore after releasing Chris Ivory earlier this offseason.
In 61 career games, Yeldon has 465 carries for 1,872 yards and six touchdowns and 171 receptions for 1,302 yards and six touchdowns. He has caught at least 30 passes in each of his four NFL seasons.
His most prolific season as a rusher was as a rookie second-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2015. He finished with 182 carries for 740 yards as Jacksonville’s primary back.
Schedule out today
The NFL schedule will be released at 8 p.m. Wednesday during a twohour special on the NFL Network.
The show will be hosted by Colleen Wolfe with analysts Steve Mariucci and Maurice Jones-Drew and will include the reveal of all 256 regular season games.
Here are the Bills’ opponents: Home: New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington and Denver.
Away: New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Dallas, New York Giants and Tennessee.
They will play five games against 2018 playoff teams.