Bryce Brown, RB, Bills
|RB - #53||186.78||BUF||Active||3 years||23||6'0||223|
2014 Outlook: Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)Last updated on Jul-18-2014 by Rusty Reeves
Here's the reason why Jackson is probably headed out of Buffalo after this season (or at least the Bills hope Brown shows them enough to make them feel safe in letting the veteran go). At first glance, Brown (a former top collegiate recruit) looks like a future star back. He is big, fast and runs with impressive power. The following glances show a player who doesn't follow his blockers enough, has struggled at times holding onto the ball and tries to break off 50-yard gains on every play instead of taking what the defense gives him. The Eagles gave up on Brown after two seasons for a fourth-round pick in 2015. Now it is Buffalo's job to take his raw talent and mold him into more of a disciplined runner. He could see some action this season, but he is an even better guy dynasty leaguers need to track. Spiller can also opt out of his contract after this season, which could grant Brown a huge opportunity.
Updating a previous post, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday night that Bills running back Fred Jackson won't play next week against the Jets because of his groin injury.
Specifically, La Canfora tweeted that Jackson will be out for "at least two weeks" and will undergo an MRI on Monday. The Bills then have a bye in Week 9, and La Canfora said it's "possible" Jackson will play in Week 10 against the Chiefs. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that a four-week absence for Jackson is seen as the worst-case scenario.
Jackson suffered the injury late in the first quarter of Buffalo's win over Minnesota, and he had to be carted off the field. C.J. Spiller and Anthony Dixon took over the Bills' backfield. Spiller recorded a 53-yard run on his only carry after Jackson's injury, but it ended with a broken collarbone that will reportedly doom his season.
I feel awful for Spiller. He's been a bust, sure, but he's been jerked around by Buffalo's coaches, who have no idea how to use him. Finally, he gets a chance to play following Jackson's injury, immediately rips off a big play and then ... he's done. One big break begets another.
With both of Buffalo's top two running backs out for at least one game, Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown are worthwhile pickups for those who need a back. Dixon took on 13 carries against the Vikings, but he's a standard-fare plodder. Brown, a former Eagles RB, has more upside. He's fundamentally unsound, but he's big and fast, and a comparison between him and Dixon in natural talent is not even close. Of course, the Bills made Brown a healthy scratch for each of their seven games after trading a conditional 2015 draft pick for him in May -- did I mention that their coaching staff doesn't know how to handle talented albeit flaws young running backs? Now the team has no choice but to make Brown active. He'll likely split carries with Dixon against the Jets, but he's worth adding 12-team leagues, and both players may see their value take a big jump up if Jackson's MRI reveals an injury more serious than is currently thought. The Jets' run defense has really shown some cracks in its past couple of games.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors10/20 - Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson will not play in Week 8 due to groin injury
10/19 - Bills RBs C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson injured
10/19 - UPDATE: Bills RB C.J. Spiller to undergo season-ending surgery on collarbone
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|12.01||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - The Bills traded for Bryce Brown and he still has plenty of natural talent. Fred Jackson would have been the safe option, but why not end the RB depth with a shot at tremendous upside. If Spiller or FJax go down, Bryce could blow up.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.12||SiriusXM Fantasy - Bryce Brown has the ability to cut into CJ Spillers work load in the Bills Run heavy offense.|
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