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Why James Cook will emerge as running back for the Bills

Last season for the Buffalo Bills, there was a lot of frustration over the team’s running game that featured Devin Singletary (2019 third-round pick) and Zack Moss (2020 third-round pick). Fans, media, analysts and even the coaching staff mentioned some dissatisfaction with the effectiveness and results of the tandem. The issues were a lack of speed to the outside, vision, impact on the passing game and an overall “game plan” or not noticing the two running backs week to week.

In 2021, Singletary averaged 4.6 yards per carry and Moss put up a meager 3.6 YPC while battling injuries and inconsistent play. To be fair, Motor played better down the stretch and showed why he was a third-round pick and why he should be in the conversation for the team’s trusted “bell cow” option to go ahead. Singletary also ranked 10th worst in average time behind the line of scrimmage (next-gen stats) and 15th in Rush Yards over Expected, so there’s a lot to be desired. RBs alone aren’t the only ones to blame for all the struggles in the running game. While the unit added players like offensive linemen Roger Saffold, David Quessenberry, a revamped Ryan Bates and one of the best offensive line coaches in the NFL in Aaron Kromer, you can see why there is a lot of optimism heading into the 2022 season.

General manager Brandon Beane echoed during the offseason that he wanted to “take the pressure off” star quarterback Josh Allen, so with the 63rd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Bills selected the running back. electrical from the University of Georgia, James. Cook, who had just come off a national championship. I’m not here to tell you that Cook will be a household name like Derrick Henry, Johnathan Taylor or Alvin Kamara, but it’s not unreasonable to say that Cook might be the team’s best bet for an impact player. in the post WHERE YOU GET DRAFT MATTER!

Watching Cook’s video, it’s very easy to see his 4.42 speed (ranking 8th among RBs at the Combine) or how he can split wide and rack up LB/S vertically effectively with his road run. while finishing plays with soft hands as he crosses the opposing defenses’ end zone. What he lacks in average quickness and vision, he makes up for in other areas of his game. In my opinion, what Cook brings to the table is the ability to come out with speed in a zone running game. He also has the next necessary gear when reaching the second and third levels of the defense.

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Early reports from training camp mention that Cook thrived in the passing game and was placed in multiple training packages by new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey.

I think the sky is the limit for the rookie RB. As people, we’re all about early morning coffee, blue cheese wings and Josh Allen in a visor and shorts, so seeing Cook add stress to defenses this season should be high on our radar. Bottom line, the Bills may have a future star on their hands at RB. I’ve heard his name heard early and often this year, where he should bring an element to the offense that has been missing in recent seasons.