CJ Spiller Primed for MVP Campaign, If Buffalo Bills Make Playoffs

By Thomas Emerick
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Running back Adrian Peterson made the Minnesota Vikings a fringe playoff squad and grabbed MVP honors in 2012, so it’s not unimaginable that Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller do the same in 2013.

Before risking sounding like a crazy person, I know Peterson had quite arguably the greatest season by a running back in NFL history last year, and that Peterson is the king of pro running backs right now. Top of the hill.

But Spiller’s not far at all behind.

Peterson was on the field for 786 snaps last regular season compared to Spiller’s 582. Now it’s hard to imagine Spiller quite reaching 800 but it’s reasonable to expect him hitting more of a middle ground, especially now that Chan Gailey‘s out and Doug Marrone in as offensive guru and head coach.

“My philosophy’s always been if someone starts off and they’re running well, keep feeding them the ball,” Marrone said,  via The Buffalo News, before being asked about any reservations for Spiller, who many considered underused in the previous regime. “I’ve really seen him as well as Fred (Jackson) work on the things that make them both complete backs. Our goal, when we put a back back there, is to make sure they’re complete backs.”

Considering Spiller is the league’s most electric player whenever he’s on the field, I’m assuming this means more snaps. The man Pro Football focus graded second among all running backs last year — with roughly a 33 percent higher grade than third place and on an island close to only Peterson — could be primed to follow up All Day’s 2012 campaign with a comparable act. Of course, whether MVP is even in question will probably come down to something as simple as whether Buffalo wins a wild-card tiebreaker, as is how it goes.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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