Former Florida State running back James Wilder, Jr. announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he has signed a Reserve/Future contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Wilder, 23, was an undrafted free agent in the 2014 NFL Draft that has spent the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was a member of that team's practice squad. He adds to the lengthy list of former Seminoles that currently play in Buffalo, a list which includes another former Florida State running back, Karlos Williams.
In his three seasons at Florida State (2011-13), Wilder logged 226 carries for 1,363 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns, adding 24 receptions, 182 yards, and two touchdowns as a receiver. A five-star recruit coming out of high school and the son of long-time Tampa Bay running back James Wilder, the younger Wilder never really stood out in a crowded Seminoles backfield that has since produced multiple quality NFL players. A poor showing at the scouting combine and a series of off-field issues helped him go undrafted, but the 6'3", 232-pound back clearly has potential.
Buffalo presents a challenge for Wilder to finally crack a NFL active roster, however, as the Bills have an established one-two punch in LeSean McCoy and Williams, plus another able-bodied prospect in the productive Mike Gillislee and veteran special teams ace Boobie Dixon.