With Zack Moss probably out with a concussion sustained through the Jacksonville debacle, the Buffalo Bills would possibly must make a pair adjustments this week. Enter Matt Breida (doubtlessly). Breida has been a reserve participant for the previous few years, seeing restricted carries. That might change this week, so let’s see what he (doubtlessly) brings to the desk.
Notice: All-22 wasn’t accessible for final yr’s video games or this season’s opener the place Breida had 4 touches with the Bills so this can be a broadcast angle affair.
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Breida finds the hole with a full head of steam. Somebody on the protection is there with not less than half a head of steam. Breida see it and makes a small adjustment. He can’t keep away from contact fully however makes some wiggle room to achieve a number of further yards.
I’d wanna see this from the tip zone angle (I’m not bitter although), as a result of I believe it might higher spotlight the wiggle. He slips an arm sort out on the line, and is affected person sufficient to navigate in a fairly slender lane. When his ft are wrapped he lowers his head and will get a pair extra.
An essential trait for a back is decision-making. Breida does job right here seeing that there’s a chance to the surface. He’s even quick sufficient to hit the sting reverse our previous pal Stephon Gilmore and switch this right into a optimistic play.
I selected this play merely because of Breida having the ability to stand up to hurry. Listed as nearly 10 lbs lighter than Devin Singletary or Zack Moss, Breida appears to be faster. That is backed by his 4.38 time within the 40 which compares to 4.66 and 4.70 for Singletary and Moss respectively.
With the Bills
Breida’s first carry for the Bills went comparatively effectively. A strong preliminary block gives a brief lane. A defender is ready to slip a block and seize an ankle. As ordinary, Breida falls ahead and tries to increase for yardage.
Like we noticed above, the hole is quickly stuffed and Breida sees it. He does handle to ensure this isn’t for a loss, however the rapidly stuffed gap meant this didn’t have a lot probability.
This play appears designed to get Breida at full pace as quickly as attainable. He makes a decisive lower and is met by the defender who has his quantity the complete time.
Everybody probably remembers this play. The Bills appear like they’re attempting to make use of Breida’s pace once more. A pair issues I actually dislike about this play. First, I believe I’ve in all probability made it clear that I don’t love the Bills bunching up on the line like this. It makes it painfully apparent that it’s a run play. You possibly can argue that the misdirection is a GOOD thought then to throw the Steelers off. In idea I’d agree however the lack of physicality from the Bills line permits groups to have defenders free to assault the perimeters. Pittsburgh does precisely that.
That brings me to the second factor I dislike in regards to the play; having Isaiah McKenzie go in movement basically frees up Cameron Sutton. He’s not nervous about McKenzie, and there’s no motive for him to affix the wall within the inside. The outcomes are fairly clear.
The objective right here is in fact to see how Matt Breida would possibly differ from the opposite running backs on the Bills roster. The largest distinction is the pace ingredient, the place Breida clocks in quicker than Isaiah McKenzie even. Buffalo may look to make use of that to the perimeters and mitigate a few of their offensive line struggles.
Talking of which, each Devin Singletary and Zack Moss have proven comparable functionality to see the sector and wiggle round defenders. After they’ve had struggles it’s typically because of conditions like we see in Play 6. Basically the Bills shouldn’t fall off with Breida on the sector, however until they’re inventive there isn’t any motive to count on an explosion on offense both from the running recreation.