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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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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

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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

Falcons signed RB Mike Gillislee to the practice squad.

Gillislee was a 2013 fifth-rounder of the Dolphins. He has six career carries for 21 yards. Gillislee isn't a special runner but can pick up the blitz and get what's blocked in front of him. He's a name to remember is the Falcons' shallow backfield.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 02:00:00 PM

Dolphins waived RB Mike Gillislee.

The 164th pick in the 2013 draft, Gillislee never made a dent in two offseasons with the Dolphins. The writing was on the wall when the team drafted Jay Ajayi, who is now set to enter the season as Miami's No. 3 or 4 back along with "LaMike" James behind Lamar Miller and top backup Damien Williams.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Dolphins RB Mike Gillislee is working as a fifth-stringer at OTAs.

He's behind Lamar Miller, Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, and LaMichael James. A 2013 fifth-round pick, Gillislee has played just nine offensive snaps through two seasons. At this rate, he may be lucky to last until final cuts.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 11:12:00 PM

Dolphins placed RB Mike Gillislee on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

It's possible Gillislee is eventually cut loose with an injury settlement. A 2013 fifth-rounder, Gillislee managed only three appearances as a rookie, turning in six carries for 21 yards. If Gillislee survives the season and offseason on the roster, he'll be a long-shot to crack the 53-man roster in 2015.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 04:29:00 PM

The Dolphins reportedly "aren't sure when or if" 2013 fifth-round pick Mike Gillislee will "become more than a third-stringer."

Even with Miami's 2013 run game stuck in mud, Gillislee earned just nine offensive snaps. The Dolphins don't have a surefire feature back on their current roster, and it's not a good sign that they don't even know whether Gillislee can be a backup. He's barely worth holding in normal-sized Dynasty leagues.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Mike Gillislee had six carries for 21 yards in Week 13 against the Jets.

Gillislee saw more touches than Marcus Thigpen behind Lamar Miller and even managed a goal-line carry in the first quarter. Miller is going to be an every-down back with Daniel Thomas (ankle) sidelined, but Gillislee should continue to see change-of-pace work. He isn't worth rostering for the fantasy playoffs.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 06:16:00 PM

OC Mike Sherman singled out Mike Gillislee as someone that has to step up in the wake of Daniel Thomas' ankle injury.

Gillislee, a fifth-round rookie out of Florida, hasn't played in a game all season. He'll compete with Marcus Thigpen for backup reps. However, we fully expect Lamar Miller to be an every-down back over the final five games, only coming off the field when he needs a breather. Gillislee barely cracked the roster coming out of training camp.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 12:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Jonathan Williams
4James Wilder Jr.
5Karlos Williams
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
FB1Jerome Felton
2Glenn Gronkowski
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Dezmin Lewis
3Jarrett Boykin
4Marcus Easley
5Greg Little
WR21Robert Woods
2Greg Salas
3Leonard Hankerson
4Kolby Listenbee
5Walter Powell
WR31Dezmin Lewis
TE1Charles Clay
2Jim Dray
3Chris Gragg
4Blake Annen
5Nick O'Leary
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Justin Renfrow
4Chris Martin
LG1Richie Incognito
2Cyril Richardson
3Jamison Lalk
C1Eric Wood
2Fernando Velasco
3Robert Kugler
RG1John Miller
2Ryan Groy
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
3Marquis Lucas
K1Dan Carpenter
2Marshall Morgan