In a move that has surprised New England fans, the Buffalo Bills have signed former New England Patriots running back Damien Harris to a one-year deal. This move represents some shift within the AFC East, as Harris was previously a notable player on one of the Bills’ biggest rivals.
Harris, a four-year veteran, had a standout year in 2021, rushing for a career-high 929 yards. Despite playing in just 11 games last year, he still managed to gain 462 rushing yards. Over the course of his career, Harris has amassed 2,094 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, including an impressive 15 rushing scores in one season in 2021.
The Bills have been in need of a reliable running back after losing Devin Singletary to free agency to the Texans. Although rookie James Cook showed promise in 2022, the Bills were still in the market for a more experienced player. With Harris now on board, the Bills should have the solid, dependable presence they need in the backfield.
Harris is listed at 5’11 and 213 pounds, making him a “heavy back” in the eyes of some NFL analysts. This could give the Bills a significant advantage, as they were reportedly looking for a player with size and strength to bolster their running game. Cook is listed at under 200 pounds.
Assuming Harris takes on the starting role in Buffalo, James Cook and Nyheim Hines will likely serve as change of pace and pass-catching options. Harris is also expected to take on the primary goal line role, given his impressive track record in this area.
Meanwhile, the Patriots will be relying on James Robinson and Rhamondre Stevenson to carry the load at running back. Stevenson had an excellent second season in the NFL, rushing for 1,040 yards, and he will likely be a key player for the Patriots in the coming years.
Overall, the signing of Damien Harris by the Bills is a bold move that could pay off in a big way. With Harris now on board, the Bills could have the edge they need to stay competitive in the AFC East and beyond.