Bills play host for RB Yel­don

For­mer Jaguar would pro­vide back­field depth

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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.

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