2021 Buffalo Bills player profile: running back Christian Wade
Is this the year Christian Wade made the 53-player roster for the Buffalo Bills?
One of Buffalo Bills fan favorites is running back Christian Wade, who joined the Bills in 2019. He was assigned to the team as part of the NFL-run International Player Pathway program.
The reason he’s a fan favorite is that the former rugby player who is trying to make a career in the NFL caused a stir in his first year with the team. He got his first career deferral in the final quarter of a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts and drilled the hole for a 65-yard touchdown.
Wade would follow that up the following week with a 48-yard reception against the Carolina Panthers.
However, Christian Wade needed more time to learn the game and the running back position and spent the 2019 season, as well as the 2020 season, on the practice squad. The question is, has he improved enough to be part of the 53-man roster this season?
Position: running back
Age: 30 years old
Height: 5’9 ″
Weight: 196 lbs
Years of experience: 1
Christian Wade has spent the entire season on the practice squad and hasn’t been active for any games in 2020.
Expectations for the 2021 season with the Buffalo Bills
The challenge for Christian Wade is that the Buffalo Bills have typically only kept four running backs on the 53-man roster. In this scenario, there is no clear player that he could currently surpass on the depths board.
The Buffalo Bills have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss at the top, and after using third-round picks on them in consecutive years, it’s hard to imagine them moving on from either. The Bills also have Taiwan Jones, who doesn’t contribute much to the offense but is a key part of the special teams unit and should be on the roster this year.
This then leaves this last place to win between Wade, Antonio Williams and Matt Breida. At this point Breida should be the favorite as he is the veteran and has a speed that no other running back has.
However, Christian Wade is basically a stranger after fans haven’t seen him play for two years and he could come as a big surprise in the preseason which makes us reassess his chances in 2021.