1. Devin Singletary ready to earn role with Bills
Devin Singletary knows the Bills running back room is crowded. The third-round pick from Florida Atlantic University is the youngest in a room with veterans like LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore. Singletary has been described as a mini version of McCoy and general manager Brandon Beane said Singletary could make players miss in a phone booth.
Still, Singletary has to earn his spot in a room including solid veteran talent.
“First walking in, just seeing LeSean and Frank, those two guys I watched growing up,” Singletary said on One Bills Live. “Week in and week out I see those guys making plays. And then you got TJ and while I was in high school, he was in college doing his thing. Really, just [want to] come in and earn respect. Earn my place in there, and just coming to work every day and learning all that I can learn. So far it’s been going pretty well for me.”
"Singletary put his elusiveness on display in the run game. He bobbed and weaved through traffic at the line and often reached the secondary on his runs. On one particular run, Singletary's decision-making on where to run was so sound that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll shouted from the sideline, 'Yeah, baby!! Great run!!'"
Singletary’s roster spot is most likely safe with the Bills using a third-round pick on him but his role for his rookie season is still undefined.
“No anxiety. Like I said before, however it plays out, that’s the way it’s supposed to play out. Whatever my role is, I’m going to be ready to play my role,” Singletary said.
2. B/R: Bills most promising building block
Eventually the young budding stars of the league will become veterans and hopefully lead their teams to success. The Bills have been adding more and more building blocks the past three years as they look to begin a long stay atop the AFC East.
Bleacher Report identified the Bills’ most promising one as Tre’Davious White.
Tre'Davious White deserved Rookie of the Year recognition with 18 pass breakups and four interceptions during the 2017 term. His numbers dropped to eight passes defensed and two picks last year, but that was largely because quarterbacks chose not to test his coverage.
White was targeted on 12.9 percent of his coverage stats according to NFL Next Gen Stats. White limited quarterbacks to just half the field and forced them to look elsewhere. With a reliable No. 2 cornerback the Bills, who already boast one of if not the best pass defense in the league, would undoubtedly be a nightmare for opposing QB’s.
More importantly, it's rare we hear the term "shutdown cornerback." If he sees more targets, White could put his name in that category with another standout season.
3. Frank Gore’s son commits to college
Not too many NFL players can say their children committed to college while they were in the league. Even less can say that their child committed to play the same sport and position as their father. But, Frank Gore Sr. and his son Frank Gore Jr. just accomplished the feat with Gore Jr.’s commitment to Florida Atlantic University on Thursday.
Gore Jr. is a 5-8 170-pound running back from Killian High School in Miami. He’s a three-star recruit by 247sports and is ranked as the 75th running back in the class of 2020. He’s the 138th best player in Florida.
Gore Jr. had offers from Kentucky, Chattanooga and Southern Miss and was rumored to have interest with his father’s alma-mater at the University of Miami.
It’s possible Gore Jr. was swayed toward FAU after seeing Bills third-round draft pick and teammate of Gore Sr. Devin Singletary. Singletary tore up the C-USA for three years at FAU and finished his career with 66 rushing touchdowns and in 2017 led the nation with 32.