Running back Devin Singletary and new cornerback Josh Norman spoke with media today via Zoom. The two discussed their 2020 mindset, how Buffalo's league perception has changed, their thoughts on new additions and more. Here's six things we learned from Singletary and Norman.
1. Singletary's mindset in year two
Second year running back Devin Singletary spent his first year learning the tricks of the trade from veteran running back Frank Gore. In year two, Singletary wants to build on his successful rookie season.
The running back had 151 carries for 775 rushing yards, 29 receptions for 194 receiving yards, scored four touchdowns and led rookie running backs by averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
"To be honest, I feel like I need to do everything better," Singletary said. "Year-to-year, that's what it's about. You always want to be better all the way around than you were the year before. I will say I have to be better at pass blocking, catching the ball out of the field, making my reads, whatever it may be I have to be better at all of that. There's always room for improvement, so I really went back and looked at everything. That's my goal this year is to be better than last year and help the team win in any way that I can."
Singletary is ready to take on a bigger workload, if that's what's asked of him.
"I'm definitely confident if that's what it comes to," Singletary said. "Like I said, I just have to be ready. I feel like I'm ready. I'm just going to see how this year plays out. See what it comes to."
2. Why running game will benefit from Stefon Diggs
With the addition of a receiver who averaged 17.9 yards per reception last year in Stefon Diggs, Singletary thinks the running game could see more opportunities.
"It definitely opens up a lot," Singletary said. "They have to respect even more of the passing game now this year. We have a lot of vets out there. I'm pretty sure it's going to be opening up. It's still day-to-day, but it has been fun to see those guys out there working, building chemistry. It's definitely fun."
The running back is pretty impressed after just one week with the back-to-back 1,000-yard receiver.
"He's a beast," Singletary said. "He's definitely a beast, all the way."
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3. Singletary: He's very powerful
Buffalo drafted running back Zack Moss in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Utah standout had quite the campaign in college scoring 38 touchdowns and totaling 4,067 rushing yards from 712 attempts. Singletary thinks the rookie can add strength to the offense.
"Zack's doing good," Singletary said. "He's picking up the playbook fast. Like I said, we're two South Florida guys so I feel like we've been meshing good, chopping it up and picking each other's brains. We are ready to go, ready to make things happen this year."
The second year running back sees versatility in Moss.
"He's very powerful," Singletary explained. "He definitely can make you miss. He's going to make plays, he can catch out of the backfield. He can do it all."
4. Norman: It's about getting that championship
Norman met with the media on Thursday for the first time since signing with the Buffalo Bills in March 2020. The corner has ties to head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane after playing for Carolina from 2012 to 2015. The All-Pro said he chose Buffalo over other teams because he feels this team can win a championship.
"I was looking around and seeing where it would be the best fit," Norman said. "And for me it's just not about the numbers, the money and all this other stuff. We did all that. It's about getting that championship. Nothing more, nothing less is going to suffice. This is the time, this is my year that it's all or none. This team I feel like can do that and get over that hump. That mindset, I go back to it on defense, it starts there. Defense wins championships no matter where you go."
Norman was also attracted to the Bills because of their culture in place.
"Coming here it feels so fresh," Norman explained. "Guys are workaholics, we have some grinders here. They're all about ball and they really want to see each other do good. They really actually care for one another, in the way in which if you see something wrong they're going to tell you about it, and they're going to pep you up because they're your number one cheerleader. That's family, and that's so cool."
5. Why Norman thinks he's a part of the best secondary in the league
The Bills had the third-best defense in the league last season in large part due to their secondary. Cornerback Tre'Davious White posted six interceptions, while Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde added three more. The group allowed 34 completions of 20 yards or more, the lowest in the league. Their 15 passing touchdowns allowed was the NFL's second-lowest.
Norman said because of their success, he's joining the best secondary in the league.
"We have the best secondary in the league," Norman said. "I think guys really sleep on Micah [Hyde] and Poyer back there. It's because they really do a great job over the top and then coming down in the box as well. They are two of the best tandems in the league.
"And then you have Tre [White] obviously on the other side. He does a great job at just keying in on his man, and having a guy in that position to go day in and day out and make a play. Then you have Levi [Wallace] on the other side, he's doing a great job. Taron [Johnson] in the nickel, you have so many guys that you can put into this position in secondary, and you see what they've done the last couple of years being in the top of the league."
6. Norman: The worst, to winning the division
Coming to Buffalo from Washington as an eight-year vet, Norman has a good understanding of what the league-wide perception is like for different teams. The Pro Bowler thinks the league-wide impression of the Bills has done a 180.
"Night and day perception from one of the worst to one of the best, actually the worst to winning the division now," Norman explained. "It definitely has changed its face for sure.
"When you look at the whole entire league from people, not just people, but teams in general, who has the biggest change of the franchise? Buffalo has to be at the top without a doubt. That is really one of the reasons why I made my decision to come over here because you guys are right here at the threshold of breaking through onto that next level. That is literally why I'm here because that's something I feel like we can help."
Norman brings his experience, 14 interceptions, 80 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and 402 total tackles to Buffalo.