Injuries around the NFL, especially to Packers RB Ryan Grant, have sparked speculation that the Bills will trade third-string RB Marshawn Lynch. On Thursday morning, the Bills released a statement on their Web site saying this speculation is untrue.
Under the headline "Nothing's changed on Lynch," the piece, posted on the Inside the Bills Blog, states that Buffalo is content to keep the 2007 first-round pick as a backup behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
"Everybody has got opinions about what's right and we feel like having the three we have right now is a very good situation for us," Bills head coach Chan Gailey said. "We have to continue to get better with each one of them and see how their roles play out as the year goes on. This is a situation in the NFL where you can't have too many good running backs."
In Sunday's season-opening 15-10 loss to the Dolphins, all three running backs received a limited number of carries as Buffalo ran the ball just 14 times. Spiller (who had seven carries for six yards in Week One) is listed on the team's depth chart as the starter for Week Two, followed by Jackson (4-19) then Lynch (3-13).
The way we see it
Running back is the Bills' strongest position, and the team seems content on keeping it that way. The value for Lynch can improve as the season goes along if he can run well in a reserve role, which may change management's mind on holding on to him. The future of the position is clearly Spiller, who was the top draft choice of new GM Buddy Nix. Teams may be wary of trading for Lynch, though, as he has faced several legal issues in the past and may be looking at a lengthy suspension if he breaks the law again.