Buffalo Bills Need Someone Other Than C.J Spiller To Step Up

By Devin O'Barr
C.J Spiller celebrates a touchdown
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C.J Spiller had his best NFL season in 2012 and I have no doubts that he will be just as productive this year, but the Buffalo Bills need to find someone who can help shoulder the enormous load placed upon Spiller.

Since being drafted out of Clemson the 25-year-old back has seen plenty of controversy, however, he has gotten much better each season. It culminated to a Pro Bowl appearance in 2012, which he earned with over 1,700 yards from scrimmage. Perhaps the most encouraging thing coming out of the 2012 campaign was that Spiller didn’t miss a single game aside from a 100 carry boost from 2011.

The Bills didn’t have anything other than Spiller to cheer for last year and that has to change in 2013 if they hope to compete in the AFC east.

Although the fans are going to be happy to see Spiller taking a vast amounts of the carries in 2013, they can’t downplay the importance of a dual threat in the backfield. This season it will be important for new running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley to get something out of backup and former 1,00 yard rusher Fred Jackson who has missed 12 games in the last two years. Wheatley doesn’t have much direction as he said this offseason “We could do two-back, we could be one back. We could be single back, we could be shotgun. It’s a multiple set.”

Whatever Wheatley and the Bills decide to do it must work because the Bills can’t afford to have another losing season for the 10th season in a row. The New England Patriots and company will continue to push the Bills around if they don’t have a formidable duo in the backfield.

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