2012 was the season where C.J. Spiller finally emerged on the scene. This is a guy who’s had a ton of potential from the moment the Buffalo Bills drafted him in 2010, but it wasn’t until last year that we saw what he’s truly capable of. Unfortunately, injuries held him back, but he still racked up 1,703 yards from scrimmage.
The other thing at play, is the fact that Spiller shares time with Fred Jackson in the Buffalo backfield. This is something that won’t be changing in 2013, so with that in mind, is it possible for Spiller to reach 2,000 yards from scrimmage?
I think he can, but it’s going to be tough. The two-back system isn’t going anywhere under new head coach Doug Marrone. In fact, he doesn’t plan to limit the amount of carries his running backs get.
“My philosophy has always been, if someone starts off and they’re running well, just keep feeding them the ball,” said Marrone.
So it looks like Spiller is going to get his fair share of carries this year, now it’s just a matter of staying on the field. While I’m sure both Buffalo running backs aren’t thrilled about sharing time, it’s probably better for the team in the long haul. The backfield is one of the team’s biggest strengths, and the fresher both players are, the more effective they’ll be.
If the 1-2 punch is the way the Bills are going to roll this year, Spiller needs to be the clear No. 1 in that duo. If he does break the 2,000-yard mark this season, I think it will be because of a big season through the air. It will be difficult for him to exceed 1,300 yards rushing while splitting time, so there’s always the option to line him up as a receiver. Either way, I’m expecting a big season from C.J. Spiller in 2013.
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