C. J. Spiller RB BUF 1 Day6 Comments
Spiller gained just 25 yards on 10 carries during Sunday's loss to the Chargers. He also caught all three of his targets for 37 yards.
Spiller was a monster in Week 2, but the Chargers weren't going to let that happen and he never really got much going. Fred Jackson only carried the ball six times, so that's a good development for Spiller owners, though Jackson was far more involved in the passing game, hauling in eight balls on 10 targets for 78 yards and a score. Spiller and the Bills take on the Texans next week, a defense that was chewed up by Rashad Jennings and the Giants this week.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 8 Days3 Comments
Spiller had 12 carries for 69 rushing yards and one catch on one target for nine receiving yards, and he also returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins.
Head coach Doug Marrone has consistently talked about getting the ball into Spiller's hands more, which is why he was put on kickoff duties this season, but Spiller finished with the same number of carries as Fred Jackson on Sunday, with the latter turning those into 24 yards (11 of which came on a single play). It appears the two will continue to share carries, which obviously limits Spiller's fantasy upside.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 15 Days7 Comments
Spiller had 15 carries for 53 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win at Chicago.
Spiller received eight more carries than Fred Jackson, but the oldest running back in the league was more productive on a per-play basis, averaging a healthy 8.7 YPC. Jackson also saw most of the goal line work, but that's probably what most fantasy owners expected. While it's not ideal that Spiller isn't used much in the red zone, it's encouraging that he led Buffalo's backfield with 18 touches.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 19 Days14 Comments
Spiller will be the Bills' main kickoff returner to start the season in an effort to get him the ball about 20 times a game, BuffaloBills.com reports. When it comes to the risk of injury to such a valuable player, coach Doug Marrone said, "I look at it as how many guys have been injured returning the football compared to people injured with the ball being handed off to them. I don't view it as much of a risk as some people would. I could understand why people could see that because of the distance and the way people are running down the field. But again I don't look at it that way. As much as we can get our playmakers out there whether it be punt returns or kickoff returns we have to make sure we explore that."
Well, if you say you're going to find a way to get Spiller the ball more and you still want to use Fred Jackson on offense, this is one way to do it. While Spiller hasn't returned kicks in a regular season NFL game since 2011, he was a master at it at Clemson, averaging 27.7 yards per return with seven touchdowns. While kick returns aren't as potent an area since the NFL moved the kickoff line up to the 35, this news still gives Spiller a slight bump in value. And if the Bills are serious about him getting 20 touches a game - an effort that has failed before - that can only mean god things for such an athletic player.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 24 Days10 Comments
Spiller finished the preseason with 21 rushes for 73 yards and a 3.5 average. He also caught four passes for 26 yards.
Most important, Spiller came through the preseason unscathed. The Bills have a pretty crowded backfield, but Spiller is by far the most athletic and has the potential that if he plays like he did two seasons ago - he wasn't healthy last season - the Bills will finally wise up and give him most of the carries between the 20's. The team has also said they plan to use just two carriers for most of the time, meaning Spiller and Fred Jackson will carry the mail while Bryce Brown and Booby Dixon will have limited roles. The one word of caution we have here is that Spiller is simply not a touchdown guy unless he breaks a long one. He's got just 12 rushing touchdowns over his four NFL seasons, and all three of his aforementioned teammates might be more suitable for carries inside the 10.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 1 Month1 Comment
GM Doug Whaley indicated Wednesday that the Bills have not been contacted by any other teams about Spiller, the Buffalo News reports.
In reference to media speculation that the Bills may have been approached about Spiller's availability, Whaley noted "these rumors are news to me." Said speculation was presumably fueled by the fact that the running back is entering the final year of his contract and the Bills did add depth behind Spiller and Fred Jackson (Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown) this offseason.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months
Spiller had one carry for two yards in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Giants.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months1 Comment
The Bills' first training camp depth chart listed C.J. Spiller as the starting tailback over Fred Jackson.
Spiller did make ten "starts" to F-Jax's six last season, although Jackson finished with 253 touches compared to an injured Spiller's 235. Look for the pendulum to swing back toward a now-healthy Spiller in 2014. Jackson is still likely to open the season as a usable RB2/flex for as long as he stays upright. Spiller will be a high-ceiling, if volatile RB2 with weekly RB1 scoring upside.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months2 Comments
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora suggests the Bills could trade C.J. Spiller before the season.
It's hard to imagine because Spiller is Buffalo's best playmaker on a team very much in win-now mode. La Canfora's story also doesn't cite sources, hinting it's mere speculation. It's interesting nonetheless. Spiller is entering the final year of his contract, and the Bills seem unlikely to sign him long term. "A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month," La Canfora wrote of Spiller, who was not drafted by current Bills GM Doug Whaley. The Bills have Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon behind Spiller.
C. J. Spiller RB BUF 2 Months9 Comments
According to the Bills' official website, C.J. Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times per game "if the offense is operating at peak efficiency."