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Bills sign former Tide standout TJ Yeldon to two-year deal

Yeldon will be the youngest back in Buffalo

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Former Alabama standout TJ Yeldon signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills yesterday.

The 25-year-old Yeldon didn’t do much the second half of the 2018 season, carrying the ball 23 times and catching 18 passes in the final eight games. He was a much bigger part of the offense in the first half of the season, when he started in place of Fournette, who missed six games because of a hamstring injury.

The Jaguars drafted Yeldon in the second round (36th overall) of the 2015 draft and he led the Jaguars in rushing as a rookie with 740 yards despite missing four games with an injury.

He finished his four years in Jacksonville with 1,892 yards and six rushing touchdowns and 171 catches for 1,302 yards and six touchdowns.

Yeldon joins what is a frankly a bizarre backfield in Orchard Park. It is one that includes the oldest running back in the league (35-year-old journeyman Frank Gore on a one year deal); another 30+ year-old former pro-bowl running back with a final year left on his deal (the injury-prone LeSean McCCoy); and special-teamer/RB Senorise Perry. For 2019, Yeldon will likely be a rotational back in an offense with little line help. But next year is set up for him to be a key piece of McDermott’s paleolithic scheme. Then again, given the age and injury issues of the Bills backfield, TJ could get a lot more carries this season than the opening camp roster would suggest.