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The Buffalo Bills' stable of running backs make it the deepest position on the roster and arguably one of the best in the NFL. Last season, the Bills finished second in the league in rushing yards with 2,306 yards, thanks in large part to C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. The impressive part is that both players dealt with injuries but were still able to be so effective.
The success on the ground didn't stop the front office from going out and adding two more running backs to the roster. During the free-agency period, the Bills signed Anthony Dixon, who is expected to contribute more on special teams but should contribute on offense as well.
In a recent article by Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News, he mentions that Dixon is expected to be the short-yardage, goal-line power back because of his size at 6'1" and 233 pounds.
The real depth at the position, though, comes from the addition of Bryce Brown, who the Bills acquired in a draft-day trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. The rookie season for Brown pointed toward a promising career in Philadelphia when he rushed for 549 yards and a 4.9 yards-per -carry average. His second season in the league was not as he hoped, due to a lack of touches. When he did get the ball, though, he made the most of it and finished with a respectable average of 4.2 yards per carry.
The uncertainty of Spiller and Jackson's contracts after this season may have been one of the reasons the Bills made the trade. As far as this season goes, it provides the team great depth at the running back position, which is great news for an offense that relies so heavily on the run.