After weeks of battles in the running game, the Buffalo Bills are making some big changes to their Thanksgiving game.
NFL network presenter Tom Pelissero reported the bills put Zack Moss on the bench for Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Moss’ carry is likely to go to Matt Breida, the fast-paced running back who has been a healthy scratch for most of the season but has steadily increased his share of snaps over the past three weeks.
“Bills RB Zack moss is expected to be a healthy scratch against that tonight Saints, per source, ”he reported. “moss leads the team with 4 rushing TDs despite dwindling snaps in the last few weeks. But with the offense brawl, they’ll mix it up and go with Devin Singletary and Matt Breida. “
The Bills make some changes beyond the current game and activate the rookie wide receiver Marquez Stevenson from IR.
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Bill’s head coach Sean McDermott had already indicated that Breida would play a bigger role on the offensive in the future. As noted by USA Today’s Nick Wojton of Bills Wire, Breida has made an effective blow on the offensive in the last two games, scooping a total of 79 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. He also has four catches for 38 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Breida was one of the few highlights in a 41-15 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week and said he felt stronger as the game progressed.
“I was able to break a big chunk in the first game,” said Breida of the Buffalo News. “I was able to get out of there. And then came back to me twice. I think it was just one of those things that got a rhythm going – [Buffalo offensive coordinator] (Brian) Daboll knows that too. If you have a rhythm, whether it’s a pass or a run, you just want to keep it going. “
After being scratched in the first game of the season, Moss had split time with Devin Singletary almost equally. Despite leading running backs by four touchdowns, Moss struggled with the ball running, averaging only 3.5 yards per carry. Breida is the fastest of the Bill’s running backs and adds a different dimension than the more no-nonsense Moss and Singletary.
While Moss allegedly goes to the bench, the Bills move in another player who hasn’t had the chance to play. Stevenson, the rookie wide receiver / kick returner, has been removed from the injured reserve where he has been since preseason. He will supposedly disguise himself against the saints.
SB Nation’s Matt Warren of Buffalo Rumblings speculated that Stevenson might see action in the second leg if Isaiah McKenzie continues to struggle with ball safety.
“But now, after a costly Isaiah McKenzie fumble in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts and another subdued punt return earlier this year, Stevenson’s activation may be a motivation for McKenzie or a sign that they want to replace him.” , he wrote.
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