KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Buffalo Bills have found something in Travaris Cadet.
Although he's been active for just two games, Cadet continued to state his case for why he should be the No. 2 running back moving forward with a solid showing Sunday during a 16-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Cadet finished with 28 yards on six carries and caught three passes for another 21 yards.
"Really got to give thanks to my coaches because they've been doing a great job preparing me," Cadet said. Running backs coach Kelly Skipper "has been doing a lot of extra stuff with me off the field, what people don't see, and while I've been away from the facility, I've been taking advantage, getting that extra film work in. Just visualizing the whole play so I'm not the guy that's lagging while the other 10 is going hard out there. I just want to be able to contribute in a positive way."
Cadet has done that, leaving the Bills with a decision to make when Mike Tolbert returns from injury. Tolbert missed his second straight game because of a hamstring injury. He was struggling before getting hurt, managing just 1 yard on six carries in back-to-back losses to the Jets and Saints.
Cadet is a different runner than Tolbert. His skill set more closely resembles that of starter LeSean McCoy, while Tolbert is a north-south bruiser.
"When you've got somebody who can come in, and the playbook doesn't have to change dramatically, I think it helps the offensive coordinator, it makes his call system a little easier," Cadet said. "Me as a player, I'm not so predictable as I've been in my past. A lot of times when I came on the field, teams thought, 'well it's 100 percent a pass.' Now I'm in a balanced situation and that helps my game out a whole lot."
Cadet now has nine carries for 45 yards in two games with the Bills – the most he's had in a single season in his six-year career.
"I remember watching him with the Saints. He was productive in the pass game. Here and there he'd get some runs, so I always knew he could play ball," McCoy said. "It takes a load off of me, a little pressure off of me. I can get some air."