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RB Mike Tolbert - Buffalo Bills

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

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General News (Wed Nov 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Great matchup. LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo run-blocking unit seem to have turned a major corner. New offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has imported his Arian Foster/Texans-style zone blocking scheme this season, and the early going was exceptionally rough - McCoy averaged just 3.21 yards per carry and 55.8 per game over the first 5 weeks. Since then, however, the unit has gelled significantly, and McCoy has posted marks of 5.18 and 86.0. With huge holes opening left and right - and McCoy running with the quickness and decisiveness of last year - this has become an explosive unit capable of either grinding games out successfully or overcoming game script with splash plays. We saw the former in Week 8 (27 rushes for 151 yards and 1 touchdown in a 34-14 win) and the latter last Sunday (13 for 114 and 1 in a 54-24 loss). In other words, McCoy appears back to a weekly RB1 outlook, and he's doing so even when he's not catching passes. As the explosive, unquestioned workhorse in a decidedly pass-first offense, McCoy's Week 12 outlook is as bright as the sun - and that's even before we consider Kansas City's sieve-like run defense. The Kansas City run defense has been utterly atrocious for most of 2017. It's allowed the league's fourth-most raw yards and yards per attempt, and it's done so with consistency - 9 of 10 opponents have landed between 104 and 194 ground yards. That's included some fairly toothless run games, and Kansas City has yielded big rushing days to the likes of LeVeon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott as well as Darren Sproles and Orleans Darkwa. The front seven is geared toward the pass rush and shaky at best in run support, and the loss of Eric Berry has left a relatively poor-tackling secondary. A volume-hogging feature back like LeSean McCoy always projects beautifully against this unit; we can all but pencil in an 80-yard floor.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs OAK 19 4 14 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1.2
9 at NYJ 20 4 3 0 3 3 13 0 0 1.6
10 vs NO 14 2 -2 0 2 2 17 0 0 1.5
12 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 1 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Bills | Wednesday's practice report for Buffalo (Wed Nov 22, 05:55 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee), OT Dion Dawkins (illness), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle) and OG John Miller (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. TE Charles Clay (knee), PK Stephen Hauschka (hip), WR Jordan Matthews (knee), WR Deonte Thompson (ankle) and FB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) were limited in practice, while WR Andre Holmes (ankle) and S Micah Hyde (knee) practiced in full.

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Bills | Buffalo's Week 11 inactives (Sun Nov 19, 02:35 PM) - The Buffalo Bills have declared OT Conor McDermott, OT Cordy Glenn, OG John Miller, WR Jordan Matthews, TE Logan Thomas, FB Mike Tolbert, CB Shareece Wright inactive for Week 11.

Bills | Week 11 injury report for Buffalo (Fri Nov 17, 02:04 PM) - Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), OG John Miller (ankle) and RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 11 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. TE Charles Clay (knee), DE Jerry Hughes (shin, calf) and WR Jordan Matthews (knee) were each limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring), PK Stephen Hauschka, OG Richie Incognito (rest), WR Zay Jones (ankle), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) were all removed from the injury report.

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Bills | Buffalo's Thursday practice report (Thu Nov 16, 03:54 PM) - Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (ankle,foot), OG Richie Incognito (rest) and RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 16. DE Jerry Hughes (calf, shin) and OG John Miller (ankle) were limited during practice. CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) fully participated in practice.

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Bills | Wednesday's practice report for Buffalo (Wed Nov 15, 06:10 PM) - Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), TE Charles Clay (knee), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Jerry Hughes (shin, calf), RB LeSean McCoy (rest), FB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 15. CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring) and WR Jordan Matthews (knee) were limited in practice, while WR Zay Jones (ankle) practiced in full.

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