Gillislee brings strong production to Patriots

With the news that the Bills have declined to match the Patriots offer on Mike Gillislee, PFF highlights the production Buffalo will lose at the RB position.

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Gillislee brings strong production to Patriots


  • The Buffalo Bills on Monday declined to match the Patriots’ offer on restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee, making Gillislee a Patriot.
  • Gillilee ranked 14th among 62 qualified HBs in 2016 with an overall grade of 76.4. Gillislee proved to be a tough back to bring down as he also ranked eighth with a 57.6 elusive rating (elusive rating attempts to distill the impact of a runner independently of the blocking in front of him by looking at how hard he was to bring down); his average of 3.34 yards after contact per attempt (one of the components used to form elusive rating) ranked third.
  • The Bills current depth chart now leaves a lot to be desired, with Johnathan Williams (overall grade 55.3 in 2016) and Joe Banyard (65.1) as the primary backups for LeSean McCoy; those two combined for just 105 total snaps last season.
  • Gillislee earned 43.3 percent of his yards on runs of 15 yards or more – which was the third-highest rate in 2016. If the Bills want to replace his production toward the back of the draft with a similarly sized back who’s capable of breaking out for a big gain they should have some options.
  • Marlon Mack, James Conner, or Elijah Hood could all be potential replacements on Day 3 of the draft as all have shown breakaway ability – Mack ranked fifth (52.3 percent) in breakaway percentage among the 69 draft-eligible RBs in 2016, Conner sixth (51.7), and Hood eighth (51.5).

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