This offseason, running back Zack Moss was considered a question mark on the Buffalo Bills’ roster.
But after a season in which he struggled with injuries and inconsistencies, Moss is now deemed suspended to make up the 53-man squad and take on a more significant role than last year. Moss looked impressive in training camp and in the team’s first preseason game and was praised by Bill’s coaches.
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Moss bounces back
After a strong rookie campaign, Moss struggled to continue it in his second campaign. In the previous playoffs, he sustained a fractured ankle that lasted through the start of the 2021 season, resulting in Moss being inactive in Week 1. He finished the season for 345 yards at an average of 3.6 yards per carry, leaving uncertainty about whether he would be included in the roster this season. That uncertainty grew even more when the Bills drafted multi-talented James Cook, who is expected to be the best pass catcher outside of the backfield.
Moss responded well to the pressure. He put in a string of strong performances in training camp and earned plenty of time on the first-team offense. In Buffalo’s preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts, he had three carries for 37 yards, including a 27-yard scamper that the Democrat & Chronicle Sal Maiorana said it bodes well for how far he’s come since last season.
As noted by Maiorana, Moss’ vision was seen as one of his greatest weaknesses during his first two seasons, but he showed great vision in this play. Moss quickly saw that nothing was available between right guard and right tackle, so he split off his lead blocker and rebounded to the left where he was able to find room for the 27-yard gain.
Moss’ performance was praised by new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey, who said he displayed the physicality that made him a standout in his rookie season.
“I think you saw old Zack a little bit in terms of physicality,” Dorsey said after practice on Aug. 16. “Like the first move of the game, he hits that thing downhill and lowers his shoulder to get hard yards (five) on a physical run.
Moss is expected to play a big role
Moss is now considered a lock to make the final squad The Athletics Joe Busaglia predicted he could find a bigger role than last season. After Devin Singletary became the team’s lead running back in the closing stages of last season, Moss may again be struggling for more carries, particularly in short-yardage and goal-line situations, Buscaglia wrote.
“Singletary will have to compete for playing time with Zack Moss and rookie James Cook in 2022,” he wrote. “Moss has been written off by many this offseason, but it’s worth noting that the Bills continue to believe in him, as evidenced by his being used with Allen in the reruns. Moss was the first runner to snap against the Colts and also the first to leave the game. In these snaps, he displayed explosiveness and cutting ability that was absent last season due to a lingering ankle injury in the 2020 postseason. It helped prove that what the Bills saw in training wasn’t a fluke and that the injury handicapped him quite a bit in 2021.”
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