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RB Mike Gillislee - Buffalo Bills

5-11, 208Born: 11-1-1990College: FloridaDrafted: Round 5

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2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (15 / 40 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee played most of the game in order to preserve LeSean McCoy for next season. Despite his poor YPC, he actually had a fairly strong game but was taken down at or behind the line of scrimmage too often. Gillislee displayed good-to-great speed and was very good at choosing his holes. He had some strong cuts in order to reach the space and wouldn't be taken down with a light hit. He managed to push in a late TD with a good dive. Gillislee has shown that he can be a adequate NFL backup but he probably does not have the ability to drive an offense by himself. He is a decent fit for McCoy. Gillislee did have a terrible play on a kick return. He did not seem to realize that if the Jets picked up the ball in the endzone, it is a touchdown for them. Hopefully the special teams coach will be able to teach him the difference between kickoffs and punts so it does not happen in a more important game.

2016 Week 16 vs MIA (11 / 91 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee had a great game running the ball. He showed excellent speed and ran hard. His black mark on the day was the failure to convert consecutive 3rd and 2, 4th and 1 carries. As the season has gone on, Gillislee has played well and has proven his status as LeSean McCoy's backup.

2016 Week 15 vs CLE (9 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee's first carry of the game was a really solid 3 yard TD run. His initial lane was plugged up so he jumped cut to the side and dove through the small hole. For the entire game, when Gillislee got a carry he would get a decent amount of yards. With the offensive line performing well and the Browns' defense already gassed by dealing with McCoy, Gillislee had a nice game.

2016 Week 14 vs PIT (2 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee only had two runs at the end of the first half but he was still able to finish the day with the most rushing yards on the Bills. Both his carries got Gillislee a great amount of yards with solid running and good speed. But he was not used at all in the second half when the Bills turned more to the passing game.

2016 Week 13 vs OAK (8 / 49 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee was given opportunities against the Raiders and did very well with them. He was almost always used as a short-yardage back and succeeded on most of his runs. Gillislee was able to punch through small holes in the offensive line and convert 3rd downs plus score TDs. As the season has progressed, he has developed into an adequate backup back for LeSean McCoy. Gillislee's skill set does seem to compensate for the holes in McCoy's game. While he does not have the talent to carry the running game, he has become a good supplement.

2016 Week 11 vs CIN (14 / 72 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After LeSean McCoy suffered a 2nd quarter thumb injury, Mike Gillislee took over lead back duties - and delivered. Gillislee started the 2nd half with a 13-yard run off right tackle. Gillislee showed good vision by bouncing the run outside, off-right tackle, and accelerating into the open field. Gillislee lacks the lateral agility that McCoy possesses, but when he sees a gap, he can hit it hard and has a second gear that few backs possess. In the fourth quarter, Buffalo's offense line started to hit its groove, wearing down a tired defensive front and allowing ball carriers to rip-off five, six yard gains. Gillislee methodically followed his blocks and picked up chunk yardage when it was there.

2016 Week 9 vs SEA (8 / 32 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee had a decent day backing up LeSean McCoy. He knew when to cut to his holes, he was fast going through them, and he was effective in short yardage with a TD run included. Gillislee has cemented his status as the #2 RB and will not be challenged going forward.

2016 Week 8 vs NE (12 / 85 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee performed admirably while stepping in for an injured LeSean McCoy. It may have been the best game of his career and it was certainly the most consistent. He showed good speed when he had holes, he had decent vision to find those holes, and he was able to drag defenders those few extra yards. Gillislee's TD run had him pushing up the middle and bringing defenders with him all the way to the endzone. All in all, Gillislee doesn't offer much upside to an offense that desperately needs playmakers but he has shown that he can be a solid backup RB.

2016 Week 7 vs MIA (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee was the primary back after McCoy went out of the game. He had 5 carries for 20 yards with a long run of 20 yards. That stat line should indicate how ineffective Gillislee was. Even though he had a speedy 20 yard run through a massive hole, he netted 0 yards over 4 other carries. It wasn't so much Gillislee's fault, but he is not an adequate replacement for McCoy.

2016 Week 6 vs SF (6 / 60 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee is clearly the backup RB for the Bills but he is just as clearly not in the running to usurp McCoy. He played decent with few snaps and scored on a good TD run in garbage time. On that run, he broke an ankle tackle and sped past the defenders. If McCoy was to miss time, Gillislee would replace him but it would become a RB-by-committee situation.

2016 Week 5 vs LA (2 / 6 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee took in a read-option pitch for a TD but otherwise did nothing of note in this game.

2016 Week 4 vs NE (6 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Mike Gillislee had a few snaps throughout the game so that LeSean McCoy could rest. He performed adequately and was able to pick up decent chunks of yards. Gillislee is by no means good enough to usurp McCoy's position as workhorse back but, with Sammy Watkins out and snaps having to go somewhere, Gillislee will be a part of the rotation.

2016 Week 3 vs ARI (3 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

A RB other than LeSean McCoy was finally given the chance to get some carries. With only four runs, Gillislee was able to push through the middle of the field and get some decent yards. The black mark came when a miscommunication with Tyrod Taylor ended up in a loose ball that Taylor thankfully recovered. Gillislee is not a threat to McCoy's snap count but he may end up vulturing a TD or two throughout the year in short yardage situations.

2016 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 1 rec)

Mike Gillislee only touched the ball once during the game but he made it count. Gillislee was targeted on a dumpoff pass late in the 4th quarter and made a decent run enroute to the endzone for a TD. However, this was his only target of the game and he had no rushing attempts. The TD was an aberration and not a sign of things to come.


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