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The back-up running back to Marshawn Lynch will actually start the season as the Bills' No. 1, as Lynch serves his three-game suspension due to his run-in with the law in the offseason.
The choice of back-up is not only important for the aforementioned factor, but also because Lynch is prone to injury. During his first two seasons in the league, Lynch has missed four games due to injury, making it even more likely that the backup running back will see a good amount of playing time.
Fred Jackson and Dominic Rhodes will be battling for this important position.
Jackson is key because of his speed. He's a quick cutter, and has the ability to keep defenders at a far distance. Last year, Jackson rushed for 571 yards on 130 carries (averaging 4.4 yards a run).
He also reached the end-zone three times. He knows the Bills' offense like the back of his hand and has proved to the coaching staff that he belongs on the field.
In last season’s finale against the New England Patriots, Jackson rushed the ball 27 times for 136 yards against one of the best run stopping defenses in the league.
In addition, Jackson is a big threat in the backfield. He also has a great and consistent pair of hands.
Former Indianapolis Colt Dominic Rhodes is battling against Jackson for the position. He played in 15 games last season, with four starts, and rushed for 538 yards on 152 attempts. He also showed that he could reach the end zone still, cashing in on six rushing touchdowns.
He's also a beast out of the backfield.
Prediction: This will shuffle out quickly. Fred Jackson will beat out Dominic Rhodes.
Depth Chart: Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, Dominic Rhodes, Xavier Omon, Bruce Hall