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2018 Buffalo Bills scouting report: running back Keith Ford

The youngest of Buffalo’s runners looks to make the squad as a UDFA

On paper, the running back situation for the Buffalo Bills seems to be an easy one to read. The team has a stud runner who will start and take most of the snaps, and then they have a veteran bruiser to back him up when he needs it. Head coach Sean McDermott seems to require that his third running back play special teams, and the Bills have multiple players who fit that mold.

In today’s installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we examine the youngest, of Buffalo’s training camp runners, an undrafted free agent with plenty of untapped potential.

Name: Keith Ford

Number: 35

Position: RB

Height/Weight: 5’10” 219lbs.

Age: 24

Experience: R

College: Texas A&M

Draft: Signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft

Financial situation (per Spotrac): Ford’s deal is standard for undrafted rookie free agents. It’s a three-year pact worth a total of $1,710,000 that carries a $480,000 cap hit in 2018.

2017 Recap: Ford set career highs in carries (139) and touchdowns (12) during his senior year; however, he was quite inefficient as a rusher, totaling only 548 yards on those carries. His 3.9 yards per carry average was the worst of his college career. He added 14 receptions for 84 yards, as well.

Positional outlook: Ford is easily the youngest of Buffalo’s running backs, as the depth chart features three 30-year-olds (LeSean McCoy, Chris Ivory, and Taiwan Jones), a 29-year-old (Travaris Cadet), and a 27-year-old (Marcus Murphy). His youth could be a tremendous advantage for him, as nearly all of Buffalo’s runners are dangling close to the notorious “cliff” for NFL halfbacks.

2018 Offseason: Ford has participated in all offseason activities thus far.

2018 season outlook: Ford is an intriguing prospect whose resume is underwhelming, but his athletic measurables are definitely intriguing. His 4.54 40-yard dash at his pro day would have tied him for ninth had he scored an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine. He also would have finished in the top-ten in the bench press (19 reps, would tie for 8th), vertical jump (39,” would be 4th), broad jump (10’6,” would tie for 3rd), and the three-cone drill (7.09, would tie for 9th). If he shows a willingness to play special teams and puts together a solid preseason, he could find his way onto the final roster. Otherwise, Buffalo may want to keep him on the practice squad for the season to allow him to develop further.