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Mike Tolbert | Running Back | #35

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (32) / 11/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 250
College: Coastal Carolina
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Mike Tolbert rushed four times for 15 yards in the Bills' Wild Card loss to the Jaguars, adding a 10-yard reception.
The 32-year-old fullback somehow made it the entire season as LeSean McCoy's direct backup. Tolbert averaged 3.74 yards on his 66 carries, finding the end zone once. The 10-year veteran is now headed back to free agency. The Bills need to think bigger behind McCoy for 2018. Jan 7 - 5:03 PM

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Mike Tolbert (hamstring) is expected to resume practicing this week.

Tolbert has missed the past three weeks. It's good timing, as fill-in No. 2 Travaris Cadet is in the concussion protocol.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 01:23:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (hamstring) is out for Week 13 against the Patriots.

This will be his third straight absence. LeSean McCoy (knee) is also banged up, though he won't be listed on the final injury report and should play his usual role Sunday versus New England. Travaris Cadet will be his backup.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.

He also sat out Wednesday. It looks like it will be Travaris Cadet again behind LeSean McCoy.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 12:24:00 PM

Mike Tolbert (hamstring) is out for Week 12 against the Chiefs.

It's good news for LeSean McCoy in that he likely won't be vultured at the goal line. Travaris Cadet is the only other real threat to McCoy's production in the backfield, which was evident last week when Cadet caught six passes.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 10:38:00 AM

Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice Thursday.

It is his second missed practice in a row, making it unlikely he suits up against the Chargers. It is ridiculous this is true, but Tolbert sitting should open up more passing-down snaps for LeSean McCoy. Travaris Cadet will likely serve as the backup if Tolbert sits.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Mike Tolbert had eight carries for 31 yards in Week 4.

Tolbert continued to spell Lesean McCoy and played in short-yardage situations. He briefly exited after a fumble in the second half, but was able to return. Tolbert has a matchup with the Bengals in Week 5.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 04:46:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed 11 times for 41 yards in Week 3 against the Broncos.

Tolbert saw just three fewer carries than LeSean McCoy. He should have had a touchdown, but dropped a wide open pass in the end-zone. Tolbert has double-digit touches in two of Buffalo's first three games. He has some low-end standalone value in a run-heavy offense, but his touches are going to be difficult to predict.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:09:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed three times for five yards in the Bills' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.

Tolbert "added" a two-yard reception. Tolbert will have the occasional 10-12 touch week, but this should be more the norm than his 12-carry Week 1.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 07:17:00 PM

Mike Tolbert rushed 12 times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Jets.

Tolbert had a bigger than expected role in a run-heavy game script. He was the clear No. 2 behind LeSean McCoy and saw some red-zone work. Tolbert vultured a TD with McCoy briefly sidelined in the fourth quarter, but isn't going to be a major threat going forward. Tolbert has some waiver value as a touchdown-dependent handcuff.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Following the release of Jonathan Williams, Mike Tolbert is on track to enter the season as the Bills' No. 2 back.

Most famous for his variety of nicknames -- "The Tuldozer" and "Tub of Goo" are among them -- Tolbert turns 32 in two months, and was brought on by first-year HC Sean McDermott as a coaches' pet from Carolina. Tolbert averaged just 3.4 carries per game over the past three seasons, scoring one rushing TD. We expect the Bills to ride LeSean McCoy until his wheels fall off this season.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 02:49:00 PM

The Bills' official website didn't include Mike Tolbert when breaking down the backfield behind LeSean McCoy.

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak mentioned Tolbert as a candidate for No. 2 duties in mid-June, but the Bills' own site isn't lumping him in with Jonathan Williams, Cedric O'Neal and Joe Banyard behind Shady. The site admits Williams is "most likely" to earn the backup job. Ace Bills reporter Joe Buscaglia has called Tolbert "more of a pass-blocking option on third downs."
Sat, Jul 8, 2017 09:55:00 AM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia calls FB/RB Mike Tolbert "more of a pass-blocking option on third downs."

Buscaglia seems to disagree with ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak, who previously suggested Tolbert as an option to back up LeSean McCoy. Buscaglia sees Jonathan Williams as the favorite for the No. 2 tailback role, with Cedric O'Neal, Joe Banyard, and UDFA Jordan Johnson rounding out the depth chart.
Wed, Jun 14, 2017 09:32:00 PM

ESPN's Mike Rodak believes Mike Tolbert could emerge as the Bills' No. 2 running back.

Per Rodak, Tolbert has received a "heavy dose" of work in spring practices. Sophomore Jonathan Williams is the favorite to replace Mike Gillislee behind LeSean McCoy, but has hardly clinched the job. Tolbert played for coach Sean McDermott in Carolina. Even were Tolbert to earn No. 2 duties, he would not take over as a bell-cow in the event of a Shady injury.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 01:29:00 PM

The Buffalo News says "there's no guarantee" Mike Tolbert makes the 53-man roster.

Tolbert was a surprise signing after the Bills made Patrick DiMarco the second-highest paid fullback. He's expected to see time as a short-yardage specialist but will likely have to beat out Jonathan Williams for a roster spot. Tolbert's one-year deal is for the veteran minimum.
Sat, Mar 11, 2017 03:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1A.J. McCarron
2Nathan Peterman
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Chris Ivory
3Travaris Cadet
4Marcus Murphy
5Taiwan Jones
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Chris Ivory
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Travaris Cadet
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Andre Holmes
3Malachi Dupre
4Kaelin Clay
WR21Zay Jones
2Jeremy Kerley
3Rod Streater
4Brandon Reilly
5Quan Bray
WR31Jeremy Kerley
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Logan Thomas
4Khari Lee
5Jason Croom
LT1Dion Dawkins
2De'Ondre Wesley
LG1Ryan Groy
2Josh James
3Adam Redmond
C1Russell Bodine
RG1Vlad Ducasse
2John Miller
RT1Jordan Mills
2Marshall Newhouse
3Conor McDermott
K1Stephen Hauschka