C.J. Spiller Could Have Breakout Year for Buffalo Bills in 2012

By Jeff Sattora

When the Buffalo Bills drafted running back C.J. Spiller in the top ten a few years ago there were many fans (including myself) who were very surprised, and even upset with the pick.

While Spiller had some up and down times in his first few years in Western New York, he really started to come on at the end of last season.

Spiller came on for the injured Fred Jackson last season to take on the role of the top back in the offense.  The Clemson product Spiller went on to have strong numbers in 2011.  Finishing the year with 107 rushes for 561 yards and four touchdowns.  To go along with a solid 39 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

With Jackson (who was at MVP form last season) back at full strength off his injury one might think that Spiller could be a little down knowing that he won’t be the clear number one coming into camp like he was at the end of last season.

Thankfully for Bills fans that is not true at all, the running back’s confidence is at an all-time high.

“[Spiller’s] confidence level just went through the roof in my opinion. He knows what to do a lot better now,” Head Coach Chan Gailey recently told reporters. “He has a lot of confidence that he can play running back, he can go out and play receiver, he can do a lot of things and blocking. He’s gotten better at his blocking from the previous year. His ball security was a lot better last year. He carried it multiple times and did a good job of controlling the ball. Just his overall confidence level I think is very good this year.”

Having the two top running backs who are both capable of being number ones is something the Bills aren’t too concerned about in 2012.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Gailey said at the NFL‘s owners meetings.

Spiller knows of the situation as well, and with his new confidence he really has been pushing hard in practice to get more reps on game day.  Looking ahead that can only be a good thing for Bills fans.

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