While the Buffalo Bills are going into the 2021 NFL season as one of the top-ranked teams, there’s always room for more improvement. The Bills are obviously in good hands with quarterback Josh Allen at the helm and stacked with wide receivers, but they remain weak in the backfield.

According to Bleacher Report‘s Kristopher Knox, the “best free-agent option” for the Bills to add is former Jacksonville Jaguars dual-threat running back Chris Thompson.

The Bills “should be looking to get more out of their backfield this season,” Knox wrote. “Despite fielding the league’s second-ranked offense, Buffalo ranked only 20th in rushing yards and 20th in yards per carry.” Ouch.

Thompson, a 2013 fifth-round pick out of Florida State, played his first six seasons in the NFL with the Washington Football Team. Last season, while playing with the Jaguars, he appeared in only eight games before landing on IR with a back injury.


Thompson, who remains unemployed for the 2021 NFL season, “appeared in 74 games and has compiled 1,214 rushing yards, 232 receptions and 1,918 receiving yards. He has averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per reception,” Knox noted. “Adding him would give Buffalo an experienced piece of depth in the backfield and another receiving outlet for emerging superstar Josh Allen to utilize.”