The Buffalo Bills added another shifty running back to the backfield on day two of the 2019 NFL Draft with the third-round selection of Devin Singletary.
Here are five things to know about the newest Bill.
They call him ‘Motor’
Devin Singletary has never been someone to slow down. Singletary who has the same moniker as his father tore up the C-USA in his three years as a Florida Atlantic University Owl.
Singletary was a touchdown machine despite only standing at 5-foot-7. In his career he finished with 66 rushing touchdowns. In 2017 he led the nation with 32 rushing TDs, tied for the most carries in the nation with 301 and ranked fourth in the country with 1,920 yards. His sophomore season culminated in a second-team AP All-American notice.
He followed that season up with 261 carries for 1,348 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns making him a first-team all C-USA selection.
He makes guys miss
In 2017, Pro Football Focus marked that Singletary finishes No. 2 nationally in missed tackles forced on carries and No. 2 in total breakaway yards among returning FBS running backs with 917 yards gained on breakaway runs.
NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein noted his strengths as the first defender rarely gets him down, he has twitchy footwork for instant stops and starts, and he has instant acceleration after short-area cuts to avoid tacklers.
Part of his elusiveness is from his smaller stature at 5-7 and he can shrink even smaller to sneak in and out of creases between the tackles.
Motivated by lost friend
Singletary’s motor and motivation comes from the prospect of living out his NFL dream that his high school teammate and mentor never could.
Singletary vows to play for Greg Bryant, who died in May of 2016 after he was shot.
“That was my big brother,” said Singletary of Bryant, who was a senior and one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits when Singletary was a freshman with the Stallions. “Before every game, I say my prayer. I ask my grandmother to watch over me, and then I ask GB to play through me. I know if he was still here, he would still be in the league.”
Bryant was a mentor for Singletary as he transitioned to one of the top high school players in South Florida. Bryant was a five-star recruit who went to Notre Dame before transferring to UAB.
“I know that Greg was definitely an inspiration to Motor, and it’s awesome to see that he’s going to have an opportunity to live out the dream that Greg would’ve been able to,” said his high school coach Doug Socha.
He breaks records
Singletary tore up the record books for running backs at FAU and completely rewrote them.
Singletary is the career yards leader at 4,289 yards passing former NFL running back Alfred Morris who had 3,529 in his four-year career. Singletary also has the single season career at 1,920 yards, 500 more than Morris.
He also holds the top four highest single-game rushing performances in FAU history. His 2016 game against Rice he put 254 yards on the ground to set the current record.
Singletary also holds the most career touchdowns, single season touchdowns and most in a single game with 5.
“Heisman in Paradise”
FAU launched the Heisman in paradise campaign at the conclusion of Singletary’s junior season. Labeled a dark-horse for the trophy he ran for 22 touchdowns and was named to both the Maxwell and Doak Walker watch lists this past season.
“I think it is a big honor,” Singletary said. “It’s great for me, but more importantly, it is a team and family accomplishment.”