This article is part of our Job Battles series.
This article looks at a few notable position battles throughout the league in the last week. The blurbs are grouped by position and then listed alphabetically by team location.
Christian Wade vs. The Field in BUF
Wade is evidently unlikely to make the final Buffalo roster, but his compelling preseason performances perhaps make things more complicated than the Bills might have previously figured. Wade (5-foot-7, 185 pounds) is a 28-year-old former rugby star who initially seemed like little more than a novelty project, yet a 65-yard run and 48-yard reception in the preseason might make Buffalo think longer about leaving Wade subject to waivers.
Wade, who was credited with a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, perhaps looks a little faster in the previously mentioned preseason games, and his explosiveness stands out in a Buffalo running back rotation that otherwise lacks speed. Devin Singletary might be the most elusive among the group, yet even he only ran a 4.66-second 40 at the combine.
Still, the fact that Wade has been playing football for less than a year would it difficult for any other team to get him prepped for regular season snaps, and as an older prospect it would be problematic to designate a roster spot to Wade as a longer-term project. The most likely outcome seems Wade clearing waivers and landing on Buffalo's international player slot as the 11th practice squad member. Still, it's interesting that he couldn't have landed in a more contrasting backfield than Buffalo's, which is defined