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RB Mike Tolbert - Buffalo Bills

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

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17 at MIA 24 7 39 0 2 1 6 0 0 4.5
18 at JAX 20 4 15 0 1 1 10 0 0 2.5

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 18 vs JAX (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert worked to spell LeSean McCoy during the game. He ran physically, and was able to run through a tackler on a truck stick type run for the second consecutive week. Despite a yeoman like effort from Tolbert this season, the Bills figure to add to the running back position in the offseaon.

2017 Week 17 vs MIA (7 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert joined with Marcus Murphy in relief of LeSean McCoy. Tolbert is unexceptional, but ran hard, and flattened Lawrence Timmons on a run up the middle. Tolbert is more of a straight forward runner than McCoy and is less likely than McCoy to take losses as a runner.

2017 Week 16 vs NE (3 / -3 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert split time as LeSean McCoy's backup with Travaris Cadet. Tolbert was largely ineffective, recording a key drop, and lost three yards on three carries.

2017 Week 14 vs IND (6 / 32 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert returned from injury and rotated with Travaris Cadet in backing up LeSean McCoy. Tolbert had a long carry of 25 yard, but fumbled on the play which was recovered by Indianapolis. Tolbert struggled to get anything going in the game where there was very tough terrain to run.

2017 Week 10 vs NO (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert was limited to four touches against New Orleans. He served as the clear second back in the Buffalo offense, and there was little change in play selection when Tolbert substituted for McCoy.

2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Tolbert saw expanded usage against the New York Jets as Buffalo trailed in the second half and did not want to put LeSean McCoy at risk. Tolbert was limited to 16 yards on his seven touches. Notably, Tolbert was used in the same manner as McCoy including splitting into the formation. He continues to operate as the clear second back in the offense.

2017 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert ran hard in spelling LeSean McCoy for five touches. In earlier weeks, Tolbert was carrying the ball at the goal line but for the second straight week, McCoy stayed on the field for multiple goal line carries. Tolbert is the primary backup to McCoy and is used in the same formational usage, including being split into the formation, when he is substituting for McCoy.

2017 Week 7 vs TB (3 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert continued his season long trend of running as a the clear second back behind LeSean McCoy. Tolbert ran powerfully on his three carries, including an 18-yard run. He was targeted once which he caught for one yard. Tolbert had one carry inside the five, which set the Bills up for a one-yard LeSean McCoy touchdown.

2017 Week 5 vs CIN (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert saw limited action in spelling LeSean McCoy. His role in the running game is a downhill power back, which he performed well on his three carries. Tolbert's three targets in the passing game were of the check down variety. He is operating as the clear number two behind LeSean McCoy.

2017 Week 4 vs ATL (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert continued as the backup to LeSean McCoy, contributing 31 yards on 8 carries. Tolbert fumbled a carry on a well-placed hit, and appeared to be struggling with hand pain after the play. The fumble was recovered by Buffalo. Tolbert returned to the game, and showed no visible effects of the injury.

2017 Week 3 vs DEN (11 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mike Tolbert led Buffalo with 41 yards rushing on 11 carries. He relieved LeSean McCoy in the regular offense while serving as the primary goal line back. In his goal line usage, he had a carry that was stopped for no gain and then targeted in the end zone on a wide open flat route which he dropped. Tolbert was most effective on the day when running on inside zone carries, particularly to the right side of the formation away from LT Dion Dawkins.

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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