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As we've previously discussed, the Bills have four talented running backs who all can have an impact. But the question now is how will the team distribute the ball among the four players?
After returning to full health, C.J. Spiller will most likely get the bulk of the workload. Fred Jackson will continue to be a steadying presence, but he's no spring chicken (he's currently the oldest running back in the NFL).
One of two newcomers to the team's running back position, Bryce Brown led the team in rushing in each of the first two preseason games, putting up 40 yards on seven carries against the Giants and 64 yards on 11 totes against the Panthers. Brown showed impressive burst and power on all of his runs, and Marrone told Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com that Bryce "has the potential to start in the NFL."
And then we get to Anthony Dixon, who probably won't get more than 10 carries in any game this season for the Bills. Despite that, he can still have a significant impact. Dixon could become the Bills' short-yardage specialist, as he was able to punch in a one-yard touchdown run against Carolina.
Per Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com, Dixon's goal-line running has been strong, which prompted him to shout "you can't stop this!" at the defense during a drill down at the end zone. Fairburn also noted that Dixon was working with the first-team goal-line unit, which means he might see more carries when the team gets close to scoring.
With all of the talent the Bills have at running back, it will be hard to effectively get the ball to everyone. All four backs are deserving of playing time, though, which will make it interesting to see how the carries are split for the rest of the preseason.