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Sean McDermott says Bills will take 'by committee' approach to backup running back

The Buffalo Bills' surprising decision to release Jonathan Williams on Sunday left no clear No. 2 option behind LeSean McCoy at running back.

Coach Sean McDermott addressed that concern Monday as the team returned to practice in advance of the season opener against the New York Jets.

"Well, when you look at it, it's a little bit by committee," the coach said, indicating that Mike Tolbert, Joe Banyard and Taiwan Jones might all see work behind McCoy in different situations. "I've been around Mike and he carried the ball well in Carolina and he carried the ball well, we felt like, in the preseason. And then what Joe did, and Taiwan. So we've got different body types, if you will. All bring something a little bit different to the table, and that's a good thing. And then with the element of the special teams, we were able to stay balanced as a roster, in all three phases of the game."

The decision to cut Williams, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry in the preseason, led some to speculate there was another reason – whether that was an injury or off-the-field concern – for the move. McDermott, however, disputed that Monday.

"Absolutely not," he said. "Jonathan is a great young man. He did everything we asked. There's none whatsoever in the regard. He did a fine job.

"That said, we're doing what's right for this football team. I have a lot of confidence in the running backs behind LeSean, in Mike Tolbert and Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones. Feel good about those guys."

 

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