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RB Anthony Dixon - Buffalo Bills

6-1, 233Born: 9-24-1987College: Mississippi StateDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Your guess as to how the Bills proceed in the backfield is as good as mine. Dixon was ahead of Bryce Brown on game days, and he won't go away even though Brown will be up. Brown is also prone to fumbles and taking too many runs outside, which is what got CJ Spiller in the doghouse. Both Bills backs should be lower on your waiver wire priority list.

General News (Wed Oct 22): was working with the starters in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Bryce Brown was running with the second-string offense.

General News (Tue Oct 21): was pressed into duty in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings due to injuries to Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone). Dixon finishes with 13 carries for 51 yards, and he added three receptions for 15 yards. Dixon will get a chance to make his mark next week, along with Bryce Brown, although they draw the tough Jets run defense.

Week 8: at New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. 'This is the opportunity I've been waiting for, to get back in that workhorse role and show people what I can do,' Anthony Dixon said after the game last Sunday. 'I feel like I really didn't get labeled right coming out of college. People tried to do something else with me, make me somebody that I really wasn't. ... Put me in short-yardage, say I couldn't run routes or I ain't got hands. I don't see what they're seeing. I'm ready for the opportunity.' However, the Bills also have Bryce Brown to bring into the mix, and head coach Doug Marrone said he has 'no problem bringing up' Brown from the practice squad. Fred Jackson predicted the team 'wouldn't miss a beat' with Brown in the lead role. There will be jockeying for position/touches between Dixon and Brown this week - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for the latest on this developing situation as the weekend games come closer in time. Both will get opportunities to prove what they can do with both C.J. Spiller (broken collarbone, out indefinitely but probably for the season) and Jackson (out due to a groin injury for 3-4 weeks) injuries. The Jets' rush D started off the year with a bang, but has faded to eighth in the NFL allowing an average of 88 yards rushing per game, with two rushing scores handed out as of Week 8. Last week, the Jets held the Patriots to 16/53/0 rushing as a team (but dual-threat back Shane Vereen scored twice as a pass receiver) - Denver had 33/138/0 rushing vs. the Jets two games back. This is a tough but not impossible matchup for Brown and Dixon. NFC East games are always hard-fought, unpredictable affairs.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 at HOU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 at DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 vs NE 7 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs MIN 13 51 0 4 3 15 0 0
8 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds 11 * * 2 * * *
8 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 10 * * 1 * * *
8 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom 11 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NE (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Not asked to do much more than blast Vince Wilfork and the middle of the Patriot defensive line, Dixon flashed some tremendous athleticism on his third carry. With one his blockers being driven into his lap as he took the handoff, Dixon bounced off the contact and got wide. Alfonzo Dennard had backside contain and understandably went low as Dixon approached. With almost no forward momentum, Dixon shockingly went vertical and cleanly leapt over the diving Dennard. Maybe the fanciest one-yard gain of the season, the run could have easily been a four-yard loss.

2014 Week 7 vs MIN (13 / 51 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

After both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson went down, and Bryce Brown was a healthy scratch, the Bills were forced to turn the running game over to Anthony Dixon. Uninspiring for the most part, the Bills kept Dixon between the tackles as the glorified fullback looked his best when he stayed on a straight line and was getting downhill right off the handoff. His long went for 12 yards where he showed decent vision, but there is zero wiggle to his game and barring a defensive breakdown it's hard to envision Dixon doing anything more than the 3.9 yards per carry he averaged on Sunday. Dixon also caught three passes, but lacked the fluidity necessary to excel in open space as any throw that wasn't put on him turned the bruising back into a stalled tank in the middle of an F-1 Grand Prix. Not built to shoulder the load, Dixon was sucking air by the end of the game and missed a blitz pick-up late in the game that resulted in an Orton sack/killed the drive. Look for Dixon to return to his role of spell back and for the Bills to activate, and lean on, Bryce Brown in Week 8 against the Jets.

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Latest News

Bills | Anthony Dixon working with starters (Wed Oct 22, 01:53 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is working with the starters in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. RB Bryce Brown is working with the second-string offense.

Our View: Those rushing out to get Brown on the waiver wire may be chasing fool's gold. Sure, Brown is an incredibly talented runner, but he lacks discipline and tries to bounce too many runs outside. Dixon is more of a disciplined runner, and he should be the lead back while Fred Jackson is out.
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Bills | Anthony Dixon likely the guy (Wed Oct 22, 10:26 AM) - The Buffalo Bills love RB Anthony Dixon, and he's likely to lead the way at running back over RB Bryce Brown.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to realize this Bills RB situation will be split between two backs. Dixon is a power back with determination in the middle of the line. Brown is a more explosive player, but he lacks discipline as a runner and tries to bounce too many runs outside.
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Bills | Anthony Dixon in line to start (Mon Oct 20, 09:21 AM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon is likely to start against the New York Jets in Week 8.

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Bills | Anthony Dixon pressed into duty (Sun Oct 19, 05:54 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon was pressed into duty in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings due to injuries to RBs Fred Jackson (groin) and C.J. Spiller (collarbone). Dixon finishes with 13 carries for 51 yards, and he added three receptions for 15 yards.

Our View: Dixon will get a chance to make his mark next week, along with Bryce Brown, although they draw the tough Jets run defense. Both should be lower on your waiver priority list than Tre Mason or Denard Robinson.
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10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Miami Dolphins
12vs New York Jets
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Denver Broncos
15vs Green Bay Packers
16@ Oakland Raiders
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