Jerome Felton hasn't been on the field as much as he'd like but he's been keeping busy. The Buffalo Bills fullback has been pursuing a MBA degree on the side.
This has consisted of three two-week sessions at Miami in the off-season, three classes online over this season and then three more two-week sessions next off-season. He'll have his degree by next July.
And right now, Felton is taking a Statistics class, which has been "like reading Chinese."
“The more you can do — kind of like football — the more you can do," Felton said. "I just thought it’d be a good thing to have on the resume. Get out and learn some new things. I think the most beneficial thing to me has been — I’ve been focused so much on football the last several years — it kind of got my brain working again outside of football. Just going back to school and learning new things. And just try to get as many skills as we can.”
Typically, he gets this MBA work in Monday, Tuesday and finishes up on Wednesday.
On the field? As Felton said a month ago, this first season has been "frustrating, disappointing." He just hasn't been used as much as he envisioned. At one point, Felton saw himself bull-dozing LeSean McCoy to a 2,000-yard season. The ground and pound attack appealed to him — the fullback position would be alive and well here. Yet McCoy's previous two seasons, he practically never ran behind a fullback. And now, Buffalo has been sticking to their sweeps out of the shotgun, reducing Felton's role.
Felton played 14 snaps in last weekend's loss to the Chiefs and 10 the week before at New England.
Not quite what Felton expected when he inked a four-year, $9.2 million contract.
"I think everybody would say they’re disappointed at this point," Felton said. "The good thing is we still have a lot in front of us. It’s a tough road from here on out and we know what we have to get done. But, I mean, I think that’s every season. You have a certain level of expectations and then you have to go through some rough spots so I think that’s what we’re all doing individually and as a team.”
With what Felton could bring this offense — he once was the arrowhead for Adrian Peterson in Minnesota — he does wish he was playing more.
"Obviously I want to be out there as much as I possibly can," Felton said. "It’s been a little weird, been a little different. I’ve always stayed positive. I’ve done that in the past when maybe things aren’t going the way I want it to. I just feel like — whether it’s this game or the next game — there will be a point in time when my role’s going to be important. And when that time comes, I have to take advantage of it.”
He got that chance in the 30-22 loss to the Chiefs, catching a pass for 19 yards... but a block above the waist by Karlos Williams brought it back.
At one point, Felton did some damage with the ball in his hands, too.
“I think people can look at my past in Detroit and even some of the things I did in Minnesota," Felton said. "I came in as a runner and I feel like it’s riding a bike — you never forget it. Maybe I’m not the same runner I am back then but I know I can do different things. It’s my first year here in the system.
"There will be some things I have to work on in the off-season so I don’t get too frustrated—it gives me more motivation.”
For now, he just hasn't been that busy on Sundays.