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RB Mike Tolbert - Buffalo Bills

5-9, 243Born: 11-23-1985College: Coastal CarolinaDrafted: ---

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Week 3: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Bad matchup. LeSean McCoy had a rough game last week, rushing 12 times for only nine yards. The Panthers stacked the box and prevented McCoy from finding any running room at all--a concern that has been well-noted this season due to the Bills lack of weapons in the passing game. McCoy was already dealing with a sore groin from Week 1, but he also appeared to re-aggravate an old wrist injury last week. The Bills offensive line lost their left tackle Cordy Glenn to an ankle injury last week as well--a loss that certainly did not help McCoy as Glenn's loss was quite visible with the left side of that line struggling for the remainder of the game. Tyrod Taylor was a bright spot for the Bills rushing offense as he racked up 55 rushing yards. The matchup for a banged-up Bills rushing offense is quite bad this week against the Broncos. Denver absolutely shut down Ezekiel Elliott last week against the league's best offensive line. Denver's line played extremely well for this entire game, particularly their defensive ends as Von Miller was well into the backfield on nearly every snap while Shaquil Barrett racked up an impressive five run stops. With the Bills weak passing offense, expect the Broncos to rely on man coverage and stack the box again this week against the run-heavy Bills offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NYJ 23 12 42 1 1 1 12 0 0 11.4
2 at CAR 13 3 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 0.7
3 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs CAR (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert was limited in the game to three carries for five yards and one catch for two yards in brief periods spelling LeSean McCoy. The offensive line created little room to run throughout the game and Tolbert's runs were no exception.

2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (12 / 42 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert spelled McCoy at multiple times during the game and was the clear second running back. He is a north-south runner who is listed at 250 pounds, and he uses his frame when met with contact. Tolbert ran powerfully when the Bills were not trying to run him on outside zones. Tolbert is not a fast player, but was decisive and direct on interior runs, including a 16-yard gain on an inside zone run where he finished by running through first round pick Safety Jamal Adams. Tolbert replaced McCoy when he was injured in the fourth quarter at the goal line and scored a one-yard touchdown on a dive the next play.

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Latest News

Bills | Mike Tolbert faces his former team (Sun Sep 17, 06:47 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB Mike Tolbert carries three times for five yards and he added a reception for two yards in Week 2 at Carolina against his former team.

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Bills | Buffalo's Week 2 injury report (Fri Sep 15, 03:15 PM) - Buffalo Bills DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 15, and has been ruled out for Week 2. CB Leonard Johnson (quadriceps) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. RB LeSean McCoy (groin, wrist) did not practice but is not on the injury report. FS Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (shoulder), CB E.J. Gaines (shoulder), OT Cordy Glenn (foot), RB Mike Tolbert (knee) and LB Tanner Vallejo (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Bills | Buffalo's Thursday practice report (Thu Sep 14, 03:29 PM) - Buffalo Bills DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 14. LB Tanner Vallejo (knee), CB Leonard Johnson (quadriceps) and FS Colt Anderson (foot) were limited during practice. RB Mike Tolbert (knee), OT Cordy Glenn (foot) and CB E.J. Gaines (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Bills | Buffalo's Wednesday practice report (Wed Sep 13, 04:12 PM) - Buffalo Bills DE Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 13. OT Cordy Glenn (foot), CB E.J. Gaines (shoulder), LB Tanner Vallejo (knee) and FS Colt Anderson (foot) were limited. RB Mike Tolbert (knee) participated fully.

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Bills | Mike Tolbert will still be No. 2 RB (Mon Sep 11, 07:13 PM) - Buffalo Bills FB Mike Tolbert will continue to be the No. 2 running back behind RB LeSean McCoy for the time being, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

Our View: The Bills want Tolbert as the no2 back behind McCoy, and it's one of the reasons they let Johnathan Williams (Broncos) go. The big fullback could get some goal-line work and vulture some TDs away from McCoy.
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Schedule

3vs Denver Broncos
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8vs Oakland Raiders
9@ New York Jets
10vs New Orleans Saints
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12@ Kansas City Chiefs
13vs New England Patriots
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New England Patriots
17@ Miami Dolphins