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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 (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. Dec 4 - 1:23 PM

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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.
Dec 1 - 10:36 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.
Nov 30 - 12:24 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.
Nov 24 - 10:38 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
Nov 16 - 12:57 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.
Oct 1 - 4:46 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.
Sep 24 - 5:09 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.
Sep 17 - 7:17 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.
Sep 10 - 4:51 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.
Sep 3 - 2:49 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."
Jul 8 - 9:55 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.
Jun 14 - 9:32 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.
Jun 13 - 1:29 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.
Mar 11 - 3:14 PM

Bills agreed to terms with FB Mike Tolbert, formerly of the Panthers.

It's a one-year, $1 million deal. It makes little sense on a day where the Bills already signed Patrick DiMarco, but ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports Tolbert is coming aboard as a running back. Whatever his position is listed as, it's a puzzling move. The Bills must view Tolbert as a battering ram behind LeSean McCoy, who has had struggles at the goal line. Tolbert played for new coach Sean McDermott in Carolina.
Mar 8 - 4:40 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Nathan Peterman
3Joe Webb
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
3Travaris Cadet
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Deonte Thompson
3Andre Holmes
WR21Zay Jones
2Brandon Tate
WR31Deonte Thompson
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Logan Thomas
4Khari Lee
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Dion Dawkins
3Seantrel Henderson
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Eric Wood
2Ryan Groy
RG1Vlad Ducasse
2Jordan Mills
RT1Jordan Mills
2Conor McDermott
K1Stephen Hauschka