Dec 2, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) runs for a 44 yard touchdown as Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Dawan Landry (26) dives to try and tackle him during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jaguars 34-18. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s face it the Bills in the last two seasons have seen a player that is very talented start to show how dangerous he really is. CJ Spiller came to this team in question as to why the Bills drafted him when they did. No need for a running back at the time he was taken early in the first round simply because he was the best player on the board. With Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson on the roster fans were rather upset with it. Now I would like to ask them how they like the pick now.
From the start of college (Clemson) Spiller exploded on the scene showing his talent as only a backup and had numbers that for sure had people talking. His dynamic play carried him through college as a great back/return man and had his name also put in the record books. He accomplished such things like: most kick returns for touchdowns with 7, became one of only 5 players to ever gain over 7,000 all-purpose yards and is the only player in the nation to score a touchdown five different ways: passing, rushing, receiving, kickoff return and punt return. Those are definitely things that the Bills looked at and I’m glad that they did.
Now with the Bills, Spiller had been behind Jackson on the depth chart but soon enough got his chance. They say in sports especially pro’s when you are given a chance you should take full advantage of it and boy did he. Entering his 2nd season Spiller had the chance to start 11 games because of the injury to Jackson and he started to show what he could bring to this team. In those 11 games Spiller recorded 561 yards and 4 touchdowns on 107 attempts to finish with 5.2 yards a carry. Not too bad huh? To record over 5.0 yards a carry is good in itself but let’s not forget he was only entering his 2nd season.
His third season is when CJ really started to prove to people that last season wasn’t just a fluke and he was the real deal. Exciting plays on his own and also catching balls from then quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had the Bills moving the ball pretty well at times last season. He began to have the focus shift on him weekly as the Bills opponents realized that he was that dangerous. His season from what he was dealt from a coach that had no clue looked like this: 16gp, 207 attempts, 1244 yards, 6 touchdowns and a 6.0 yard per carry was just from the rushing aspect. As for the receiving he contributed 43 receptions, 2 touchdowns and 459 yards with a 10.7 average.
Now as I said before, what he was dealt thus far wasn’t exactly what you would call fair I guess you could say. Chan Gailey the Bills pervious coach never really understood what he actually had in my opinion. His play in some games was just amazing in the way he basically took it over. Being a player the Bills have needed for some time is great to watch and always has fans on the edge of their seat wondering what he’ll do next.
In the end I still wonder as does others why is Spiller getting limited carries? Looking at touches from last season he averaged just over 15. With how this guy can single handedly change games I fully hope his touches are raised to the 25-30 range. That is what I would like to see. How about you? Too Much/ Little?