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Buffalo Bills Sign J.D. McKissic to 2-Year Deal

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Nov 29, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team running back J.D. McKissic (41) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills were 13 seconds away from going to the AFC Championship game this past season. It’s 13 seconds that will likely be on their minds with every decision they make this offseason, which is why Buffalo’s early signings have been two defensive tackles and a new starter at offensive guard. However, the AFC East-favorites added to their dynamic offense on Tuesday by agreeing two a two-year deal with running back J.D. McKissic

While it may not seem like Buffalo needed another running back, the team has also gravitated towards versatile playmaking options, like Isaiah McKenzie, who can be moved around the formation. New offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey had been the Bills’ quarterbacks coach under former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, now with the New York Giants, so it’s likely that Dorsey will employ a similarly scheme-diverse offense that loves to move pieces around.

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There aren’t many more versatile players in the NFL than McKissic, who has 123 catches for 986 yards over the last two seasons despite being listed as a running back. That’s what makes him such a promising scheme fit for the Bills. He can operate as a back-up to starter Devin Singletary, who really emerged down the stretch last year, while also being a slot receiver and passing down running back since Singletary has struggled there at times during his young career.

However, this could mark the beginning of the end in Buffalo for Zack Moss. The third-year pro has failed to garner much momentum in Buffalo and has been regularly outplayed by Singletary. Considering Josh Allen operates as the team’s primary short-yardage back, Moss will likely need to have a big offseason to avoid being traded out of Buffalo.

Dec 6, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo running back Zack Moss (20) tries to break free from New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) in the fourth quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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