Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Miami 19 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Season Expectations: Running Back C.J. Spiller

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C.J. Spiller is a dynamic play maker at the running back to say the least for the Buffalo Bills. Spiller had a disappointing season with 1,118 yards from scrimmage when so many figured it’d be his coming out party in 2013, but could he turn it around in 2014 when the team heavily invested in the run protection?

What will help C.J. Spiller tremendously besides the run blocking investment via the 2014 NFL draft and free agency, the Bills also brought in Buffalo native Mike Williams via a trade and drafting Sammy Watkins fourth overall to add to their compliment of wide receivers. This will not allow an opposing team to line up eight or even nine guys in the box in order to increase the likelihood of shutting down the team that finished second in running offense last season.

Anyone that has watched Spiller run the football knows when healthy and clearly last season he wasn’t for the most part with the dreaded high ankle sprain. It’s not a major injury but it is a nagging as one who has experienced it himself a few times it hurts even to walk around normally on it and yet he ran around on it. He did take a week off  during the season plus the bye week, but it wasn’t enough for it to completely recover.

C.J. Spiller’s expectations in 2014 are likely sky high especially since his ankle hasn’t felt better since 2011. All and all if Spiller can start for all 16 games this year and bounce back to his six yards per carry season like he had in 2012; he could have more rushing yards than hall of fame running back Thurman Thomas in a season with over 1488. This number might seem low for Thomas; however he was sharing carries with Kenneth Davis, just like how Spiller does the same with Fred Jackson and both of these other running backs can hold their own.

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