James Cook vs. Devin Singletary: Bills Running Back Split Could Be Key to Winning Super Bowl

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It seems that the Buffalo Bills were not content with having the sixth-best rushing attack last year; adding several backs to their roster in the offseason. In fact, the Bills are so committed to the run game that they've now drafted a running back in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft for the third time in four years. 

One of those draft picks, was used on James Cook out of Georgia at No. 63 overall. Cook shined in his final year with 728 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. He is a dual-threat too, hauling in 27 receptions for 284 yards and an additional four touchdowns.

This is good news for the Bills who struggled to get much done out of the backfield in terms of the passing game. In 2021, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, and Matt Breida all combined for 70 catches on 91 targets with 497 receiving yards and four touchdowns. I expect that Cook takes over as the main pass-catching running back barring any setbacks between now and Week 1. 

Vegas remains very high on the Bills' chances as a top contender for 2022. Over at WynnBET Sportsbook, Buffalo is currently the favorite to win the AFC at +300, while also listed just behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl at +650.

Cook will serve as the Bills’ RB2 behind Diving Singletary in what could be one of the best duos in the NFL. How Buffalo decides to split time between the two will have a major impact on whether or not the Bills make it to the Super Bowl or not this season. I think that the fact that Buffalo took Cook so early is an indication that they plan to put him to work early and often. That doesn’t mean that he cuts too much into Singletary’s touches though. He had an average season last year with 870 yards and seven touchdowns but finished the regular season strong with 198 yards combined in his last two games.

I believe the Bills will have the most success this year by feeding Singletary a bit more while using Cook primarily as a passing option out of the backfield. Zack Moss will get some touches here and there and I expect Duke Johnson to miss making the Week 1 roster altogether.

With Josh Allen putting up big numbers on the ground from under center, the Bills have a shot to lead the league in rushing en route to a Super Bowl run.

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