Advanced Stats: Assessing the efficient production of Bills' backup RB Travaris Cadet - The Buffalo News

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Advanced Stats: Assessing the efficient production of Bills' backup RB Travaris Cadet

The Buffalo Bills made it clear they wanted to incorporate running backs into the passing game in 2017, and the recent addition of Travaris Cadet has undoubtedly helped Buffalo's ball carriers maintain their efficiency as receivers this season.

Over the past two weeks — he made his Bills debut against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 11 — Cadet has averaged 2.50 yards per route run (60 receiving yards on 24 routes run) which is the second-best figure during that time span among backs who saw at least 25 percent of their respective team's targets.

There are currently 105 running backs who have run more routes than Cadet's 24, but nonetheless the versatile veteran has proven to be a viable commodity in the pass game for the Bills.

Cadet has filled in for the injured Mike Tolbert, who has 61 yards on 74 routes run this season — good for a 0.82 yards-per-route-run average.

While he was more known for his pass-catching prowess than his ability rushing the football, Cadet has carried the ball nine times for 45 yards for the Bills, including a six-carry, 28-yard effort in the Week 12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He averages 2.33 yards after contact per rush, a respectable figure. Thus far, he's generated 108 yards on his 18 touches with Buffalo.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cadet, who spent the majority of his career with the Saints before a stint with the Jets earlier this season, is quickly becoming an important complementary option to LeSean McCoy in the Bills offense.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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