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It was clear in the offseason the Bills are planning for the future at running back.
Both Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are entering contract years, and as a contingency plan, general manager Doug Whaley brought in Anthony Dixon via free agency and Bryce Brown in a draft-weekend trade.
Dixon will likely end up being a short-yardage and special teams specialist, but the team has higher hopes for Brown. ESPN.com's Mike Rodak said he thinks the Bills would like Brown to turn into one of their lead backs. What makes Brown a project is the Bills' expectation versus his level of experience.
So far in his career, Brown has been underused. In his two seasons in Philadelphia, Brown got more carries (190) than he did in college (104). Brown only toted the rock 75 times in 2013, which was 61st in the league. However, Brown averaged 4.2 yards a pop and scored two touchdowns.
The future of Buffalo's backfield is very much up in the air. Running backs are being devalued, and Spiller could end up being too expensive to retain. Jackson, meanwhile, is 33, and since running backs age in dog years, there's not telling how committed the team will be to him long term, even if he is a fan favorite.
Because of that, Brown has a big opportunity and stands to gain a lot from a strong camp.