It seems that C.J. Spiller had piqued the interest of the Philadelphia Eagles. Thank goodness the Bills DIDN’T trade C.J. Spiller nor did they have any interest in doing so as he has been a huge offensive weapon for the Bills.
The 2010 1st round draft pick from Clemson has now played four seasons with the Bills where he’s racked up 18 touchdowns, 3,021 rushing yards, 1,070 receiving yards, 1,157 kick return yards and 300 punt return yards.
Against other active running backs, Spiller’s 5.1 career yards per carry average is second only to three-time Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles (5.51).
2012 was considered a breakout season for Spiller with 1,244 yards and a 6.0 YPC average and he got the nod as a Pro Bowl alternate after the Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice went to the Super Bowl. As for receiving, he had 43 catches for 459 yards. Spiller had 8 touchdowns that season.
This past year, Spiller rushed for 927 yards on 201 carries averaging 4.6YPC and had 33 receptions for 185 yards. He had 2 touchdowns despite his nagging ankle injury beginning in week four of the season.
Bills fans would love to see Spiller regain the explosive form he had in 2012 but the offensive line needs improvement in order for that to happen. It’ll be easier once we get more depth on our line through the draft, improvement at OT is so desperately needed and I think its safe to assume we will address that issue in the draft.
With many injuries among the many quarterbacks and both Fred Jackson and Spiller last year, the Bills now have had the offseason to recover and hopefully put an end to their offensive woes. Jackson and Spiller have proven themselves to be a dangerously dynamic duo when they can stay healthy.
The team will come back to the season hungry not only to do well after Ralph Wilson passed, but to break the NFL’s longest active playoff drought. As if those reasons aren’t enough, the Bills will have even more reasons to be fired up if the Thanksgiving game and MNF rumors are true, plus the HOF game to play in.
Spiller and the Bills offense have a lot to prove in 2014 and luckily Spiller wont be proving anything as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles this year.
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