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Mike Gillislee | Running Back | #35

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 219
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 5 (164) / MIA
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Bills RB Mike Gillislee caught an 18-yard touchdown in Buffalo's Week 2 loss to the Jets.
Gillislee's garbage time touchdown grab was his only touch of the evening. Back ahead of Reggie Bush on the depth chart, Gillislee is a pure handcuff to LeSean McCoy, one without standalone value. Sep 16 - 12:25 AM

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ABC Buffalo expects Bills RB Mike Gillislee to be more involved in Thursday's game against the Jets.

Gillislee got only one touch against the Ravens, with Reggie Bush getting three. Bush was a disaster, however, creating an opening for Gillislee after he out-ran Bush in training camp. When the dust settles, Gillislee should be LeSean McCoy's primary backup.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Sep 13 - 3:42 PM

Mike Gillislee didn't register a carry in the Bills' Week 1 loss to the Ravens.

He caught one pass for a loss of four yards. Gillislee operated as the clear No. 3 back, with Reggie Bush turning three carries into minus-four yards as the No. 2 to LeSean McCoy. Gillislee is more talented, but the Bills are hellbent on trying to coax past successes out of Bush's old legs.
Sep 11 - 6:27 PM

Mike Gillislee has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol.

He should be involved in the offense in Week 1, although it's not clear whether Gillislee or Reggie Bush is the Bills' top backup for LeSean McCoy. Rookie Jonathan Williams figures to open the season as a game-day scratch. Gillislee is worth a look as a bench stash in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Sep 2 - 2:14 PM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan called Mike Gillislee (concussion) "probably the No. 2 back right now."

Gillislee's spot on the depth chart came into question when he was the fourth back to enter Buffalo's second preseason game behind LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush, and rookie Jonathan Williams. Gillislee also suffered a concussion. If McCoy goes down, the Bills might turn to a three-way timeshare, limiting the fantasy values of all members. Gillislee remains in the concussion protocol.
Aug 22 - 5:55 PM

Bills RB Mike Gillislee suffered a concussion Saturday against the Giants.

Gillislee had his head bent back violently during a second-quarter run. He was escorted to the locker room and was later placed in the concussion protocol. Expected to serve as the No. 2 with Karlos Williams released, Gillislee was the fourth back through the rotation on Saturday.
Aug 20 - 5:08 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed three times for 25 yards in the Bills' preseason opener Saturday night.

Gillislee showed impressive burst and acceleration on a memorable 20-yard scamper. He was the second rusher in the rotation, relieving LeSean McCoy. Gillislee was rested late in the first quarter, giving way to rookie Jonathan Williams. It's worth noting that Reggie Bush did not play, but Gillislee should open the season with a tight grip on No. 2 back duties in Buffalo.
Aug 13 - 9:53 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia expects Mike Gillislee to be the Bills' No. 2 running back during Karlos Williams' four-game suspension.

And Gillislee could be the Bills' No. 2 back even longer than that if Williams doesn't come back in shape. Even if Buffalo signs a veteran like Reggie Bush, Buscaglia thinks Gillislee is the handcuff to LeSean McCoy. In such a run-heavy offense, it isn't out of the question that Gillislee could have some early-season flex value. Last year's Bills averaged nearly 32 rushing attempts per game.
Jul 20 - 9:37 PM

Bills re-signed RB Mike Gillislee to a one-year contract.

P Colton Schmidt and CB Mario Butler also inked one-year deals. All three will be restricted free agents in 2017. Gillislee, 25, finished the 2015 season with a 5.68 YPC average, though he struggled (24-28) in an extended look as a feature back in Week 17 against the Jets. Gillislee should still be a good bet to return as Buffalo's No. 3 back behind Shady McCoy and Karlos Williams.
Jan 9 - 3:01 PM

Mike Gillislee managed 28 yards on 24 carries in the Bills' Week 17 win over the Jets, also losing a fumble.

He could get nothing going after Karlos Williams (knee) left the game. Signed off the Bills' practice squad on December 4, Gillislee still made good on the promise he flashed as a Florida Gator this season, parlaying 47 carries into 267 yards (5.68 YPC) and three touchdowns across six appearances. The Bills named him a team captain ahead of their Week 16 date with Dallas. Much of Gillislee's success can be attributed to OC Greg Roman's masterful and high-octane rushing attack, but Gillislee all but assured himself a spot on the 2016 roster with his pre-Week 17 flurry. The 25-year-old is a hard-nosed runner. Even behind LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams, Gillislee is stash worthy in deeper Dynasty leagues.
Jan 3 - 4:47 PM

Mike Gillislee had nine carries for 93 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo's Week 16 win over Dallas, adding two catches for 16 yards.

Gillislee started, but saw fewer touches than Karlos Williams. His touchdown was a 50-yard run late in the fourth quarter that iced the game. Gillislee could have had another touchdown, but was ruled down at the one-yard line. He's played his way into an even timeshare with Williams. Gillislee will be an RB3/FLEX play in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:40:00 PM

Mike Gillislee saw work with the first team in warmups.

It suggests the Bills plan to keep Gillislee involved after he rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown last week. Karlos Williams is listed as the starter, but this could end up closer to a timeshare. Williams should be downgraded to more of an RB2 with Gillislee potentially cutting into his workload.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 12:46:00 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed four times for 81 yards and one touchdown in the Bills' Week 15 loss to the Redskins.

After LeSean McCoy left with a right knee injury, Gillislee almost immediately broke off a 60-yard touchdown. He and Karlos Williams each received four carries on the day as McCoy's backups. If McCoy can't play Week 16 against the Cowboys, Gillislee and Williams will likely form a committee.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 05:02:00 PM

Bills RB Mike Gillislee rushed seven times for 41 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Texans.

He replaced Karlos Williams (shoulder) as LeSean McCoy's change-of-pace back. Gillislee busted a 30-yard run down the right sideline in the first quarter, but was otherwise stacked up on his touches. Gillislee will go back to the bench when Williams returns.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Bills signed RB Mike Gillislee from their practice squad.

Gillislee was a failed fifth-round pick by the Jeff Ireland-led Dolphins back in 2013. He's rushed six times for 21 career yards and is more of a special teams player. Gillislee will be the No. 3 running back on Sunday.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Reggie Bush
4Jonathan Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Reggie Bush
FB1Jerome Felton
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Greg Salas
3Walter Powell
4Marcus Easley
WR21Robert Woods
2Marquise Goodwin
3Brandon Tate
4Kolby Listenbee
WR31Marquise Goodwin
TE1Charles Clay
2Jim Dray
3Nick O'Leary
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
LG1Richie Incognito
2Gabe Ikard
C1Eric Wood
2Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
2Ryan Groy
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
K1Dan Carpenter