1. LeSean McCoy’s motivation for the upcoming season
LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore have been friends for a long time, and when Gore hit free agency this offseason, McCoy knew exactly where he wanted him to go: Buffalo.
“Like he said, we’ve actually been friends before he got here. We train together,” McCoy told Kim Jones in a NFL Network interview on Wednesday. “I’m always constantly trying to find a way to improve my game. Look for motivation. Who not better to learn from than Frank? I actually was begging him to come. You know, two years ago we were trying to get Frank. Coach asked me would I like to play with him, I said, ‘Yeah!’…”
McCoy and Gore have amassed the most combined yards of any backfield ever. The two have more than 25,000 yards combined in their NFL careers. But age and collective workload aren’t a concern to McCoy.
“I think it will be pretty big," McCoy told Jones. "We have a new offensive line. We paid some money there and guys (are) looking good, working hard together. We have a young quarterback who is making plays. You know, me and Frank together, we’re a duo.”
Buffalo has a promising backfield this year with McCoy and Gore. The two have admitted they are going to push each other to work harder.
2. Bills partake in team-building exercises on final day of minicamp
The Buffalo Bills were supposed to finish mandatory minicamp on Thursday before the team took a break until training camp arrived in late July. The Bills announced around 9:30 a.m. that the session had been cancelled and that the players will go through “team building.”
Team-building included a day inside the ADPRO fieldhouse filled with activities, including bounce houses. Darryl Johnson shared some of the fun on his Instagram account.
Bills players shared the fun on social media.
And some Bills like Zay Jones and Lorenzo Alexander shared the awards the won for their work this past offseason.
3. Devin Singletary a dark-horse candidate for best rookie running back
NFL senior media analyst Gil Brandt released his list of the top projected rookie running backs this week. The Bills drafted Devin Singletary in the third-round of the 2019 NFL draft and does not crack the top five but is listed as the dark-horse candidate.
The Bills have one of the most crowded backfields in the NFL, with free-agent signees Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon joining Singletary as newcomers to a group already led by LeSean McCoy. If the status quo holds, and Singletary ends up splitting carries or even sitting on the bench for most of his rookie year, he will fall far short of those projected numbers. The fact that his role is still up in the air is why I didn't want to include him among the other five backs in this piece, who have more obvious paths to relevance. … The fact that the Bills were still willing to draft Singletary in the third round after adding those players speaks to how the team must feel about his potential.
Brandt predicts that Singletary will have 255 carries, 1,050 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns and 45 catches. Those numbers are higher projections than everyone on the list except for Chicago Bears rookie David Montgomery who was taken one pick before Singletary.
Singletary has been excited about the opportunity he’s received so far during minicamp and is in rotations on the first-team offense.
Frank Gore spoke about Singletary’s situation
“He’s in a perfect situation,” Gore said. “He’s got two guys [with him] who’ve done great things in this league. He’s got guys who are going to come out here every day and I know he’s going to compete, just being here in the short time I have been.