Buffalo Bills: Could C.J. Spiller Have an Even Bigger 2013?

By Scott DelleFave
C.J. Spiller
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After Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson got hurt week one versus division rival the New York Jets, his back up C.J. Spiller exploded on the scene and didn’t back down a single bit. Spiller is simply dynamic, to say the least. He can do nearly everything well between by hitting a home run with a long run to catching the ball and taking it to the house. Also, he simply loves making defenders miss anytime he possesses the ball.

Originally drafted ninth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Bills were criticized picking Spiller since they already had taken Marshawn Lynch two years prior. Spiller brought something Lynchor or, then unknown, Jackson brings to the table which is incredible speed with a third gear when most running backs struggle with their second.

In 2012, Spiller had 1,244 yards rushing on 207 carries with six touchdowns and 43 catches for 459 yards and two touchdown receptions and that’s with him only starting in seven games and had to leave the game versus the Cleveland Browns in week three with a shoulder injury. If Spiller plays in all 16 games and becomes the feature Bills running back, 1,500 yards rushing isn’t out of the realm of the strange. Who knows what kind of receiving threat he will be under new head coach Doug Marrone with running back coach Tyrone Wheatley who used to play in the NFL for a decade. Will Spiller look even better this year than last year? Time will tell. However, it seems extremely likely that he will even exceed most expert’s expectations.

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