Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs past Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith (24) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

CJ Spiller Will Speed Up the Leaderboard This Season

I still can remember the 2010 draft when the Bills 1st round pick was announced. With the 9th pick of the 2010 draft the Bills select running back CJ Spiller from Clemson. Wait a running back? The Bills already having two running backs on the roster had people wondering about the pick. It didn’t take long before everyone heard the reasoning. CJ was the best player on the board and we took him to be a part of this football team. I still hear people saying why did they do that? What were they thinking? If they only knew how he would progress thus far.

Spiller started his career in 2010 and you could definitely tell he was trying to find his way. Kick returner and punt returner were two more jobs he could add to his already running back position. When his first season came to an end there wasn’t much to be excited about. A kick return for a TD and a receiving score was about it in the stats department. People had already begun to wonder about this pick.

It wasn’t until his 2nd season where everyone really got to see what he was capable of. He played in every game that year and also took over the starting job when fellow teammate Fred Jackson went down with an injury. Spiller really had people talking as he gained 563 scrimmage yards in the 13th-17th week range that had him 5th in the AFC. He also had a 5.2 yard rushing average.

Last year Spiller didn’t let down or disappoint in any way. Playing in all games again he took his game to a new level in my eyes. Having the chance to start again and also just flat out producing when his number was called had opponents looking at him differently. With his good hands and breakaway speed he absolutely was trouble for opposing defenses. The year came to an end seeing Spiller gaining 1,244 yards on only 207 attempts, 6 TD’s and also a 6.0 yard rushing average. Take that with nearly 460 yards receiving, 2 TD’s and that turns into a very productive year. Let’s not forget he was drastically limited in carries I believe because former coach Chan Gailey thought it was better for each back when healthy to each have their turns. Not playing the hot player I think may have cost this team some games. Hopefully this year the new coaching staff and have full control and know how to run the backfield.

This year I think Spiller will ultimately get the starting job and show again what he’s capable of doing during the whole season. Some predictions I have stat wise for Spiller are: 350 attempts, 1,700 yards, 9 TD’s and 600 yards, 4 TD’s receiving. I know he has had some fumbling issues and hope he will work on this to clear it up. What do you think Spiller’s capable of? Anyone think he goes the opposite direction?

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  • SpillerFan28

    I watched Spiller play at Clemson, and he was electric. I hate that he is labeled as injury prone. He occasionally suffers minor injuries like turf toe or a sprained AC joint, but he plays through the pain to help out his team. Even when he is banged up, he is always the fastest man on the football field, and he makes NFL defenses look silly more often than not. I don’t know much abut the new coaching staff, game plan, or blocking schemes, but I think that Spiller is going to keep getting better at reading defenses, following his blockers, hitting holes at the right time, and making defenders look stupid.
    All of that being said, my 2013 predictions for C.J. spiller are: 280 rushes for 1600 yards and 10 rushing TD, and 50 receptions for 500 yards with 5 receiving TD.
    If Spiller gets anywhere near these numbers, the Bills will finally break their playoff drought. The ball is in your court, Marrone. Go Bills!
    (P.S. I wish they would let him return kickoffs again… he did set the NCAA record with 7 kickoff return TD at Clemson. And 4 of those were in his senior season, when he battled turf toe… Just sayin.)

  • John

    Yea I wouldn’t mind seeing him return some kicks. This offense should be an up tempo one with plenty of speed.

  • NWBill

    I agree – CJ has the potential to be THE RB for the Bills this year. He has all of the tools; the only question I have is whether he can withstand an entire year as the featured back in this offense. His physical skills are extraordinary … but ANY back taking 300+ snaps in the NFL is going to be taxed body-wise. Other than that, I say let he and Fred determine who’s going to be there at the start when September comes around. One thing for sure; Doug Marrone isn’t going to play the games Chan Gailey did – the RB who produces the most will play the most! And that’s the way NFL players like it.