Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss seems to be fully recovered from the ankle surgery he had following the 2020 season. The second-year running back suffered his ankle injury during the AFC Wild Card Round matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
Watching him on Saturday, he didn’t seem hindered at all, especially on a touchdown run down the sideline. Moss confirmed after Saturday's session that he’s doing well.
“I’m feeling really good," Moss said. "Just getting back into the swing of playing football.”
When a player has the kind of surgery Moss had, there usually is the mental part of getting over the injury.
“I got past the mental part of just running again, cutting again and trusting it during the rehab part," Moss said. "Just the way it was responding then, I already knew doing the football part that I’d be fine.”
The Bills took Moss in the third round (86th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he ran for 481 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per-carry. Moss was also a pretty good weapon in the passing game, picking up another touchdown there.
Moss said that was all fine and good, but he’s been focusing at getting better.
“I did a lot of good things last year, and I did a lot of things I wasn’t so happy about last year," the 23-year-old said. "I’m taking all those things and mashing them together and overall getting better.”
For running backs, finding the hole in the NFL is different than when he played at the University of Utah.
“It's explosion through the hole. That’s the biggest thing," Moss explained. "Me and my coach talked about getting through the hole, those first five yards, because that’s where those big plays come at, then just getting downhill and doing the rest.
“It was a super learning curve playing this position from college to my first year in the league, so every game I was learning something new, to go from that game and implement it into the next game.”
Repetition is the best way to learn something, and that’s the way it was for Moss. As information came at him last season, he absorbed it.
“Over the weeks, I did feel I understood the game a little more," Moss said. Now in Year 2, I want to take what I learned from Year 1 and have all of that ready to go for Game 1 and continue to learn from it.”
Moss split time last season with Devin Singletary. The two are good friends, but they both want to play.
“We both are really cool," Moss said. "We’re just competitors, and we’re both from South Florida, so we just mesh automatically. I’m not trying to outdo him. We just come together, we work, because we know what the end goal is. If he’s the starting running back and we win the Super Bowl, fine. If I’m the starting running back and we win the Super Bowl, fine. We know what the end goal is, and we just want to help this team get better every day.”
The Bills say 15,000 fans showed up for Saturday's open practice at the stadium. They'll have another one next Saturday in Orchard Park beginning at 10 a.m. ET.