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Second-Year Bills RB Jonathan Williams Getting Chances to Be the Number Two RB

Bills second-year running back Jonathan Williams is getting “every opportunity” to win the Bills’ No. 2 running back role according to Joe Buscaglia of

Buscaglia says the Bills have shown “a lot of confidence” in Williams, and “it’s on him now” to secure the backup role to LeSean McCoy. McCoy has battled knee and two hamstring injuries over the past two seasons, although he has missed only five games.

Originally a fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2016, Williams finished his rookie season with 27 carries for 94 yards and one TD as the No.3 running back behind McCoy and Mike Gillislee.

Unlike many backup running backs in the league, the No.2 job in Buffalo has proven to be very productive both in terms of real football and fantasy value. Karlos Williams and Gillislee, the last two men to hold down the job, put up impressive numbers and Gillislee parlayed a terrific 2016 campaign into a lucrative contract with the New England Patriots.

Jonathan Williams’ only real competition for the backup gig this season is former Carolina Panthers back Mike Tolbert, who is more of a fullback/short-yardage specialist than an every-down runner.

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