C.J. Spiller really burst onto the scene with a breakout 2012 campaign in his third year for the Buffalo Bills, rushing for 1,244 yards and six scores on 207 carries (6.0 YPC) with 43 receptions for 459 yards and two TDs through 16 games (nine starts).
The 5-11, 200-pound speedster just turned this 26-years-old this week and looks to take on a more significant role in the Bills’ new-look, up-and-coming offense after averaging just 12.9 carries and 2.7 catches per game in Chan Gailey’s system last year.
“It’s real simple,” Bills rookie OC Nathaniel Hackett told WGR-AM on Wednesday, via The Buffalo News. ”We’re going to give him the ball until he throws up. So he’s either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let’s just put it that way.”
Hackett isn’t concerned about sharing that strategy with opponents: “It doesn’t matter,” he said. “You can say that because any team that has ever watched him should, I mean … You’ve got to stop C.J.”
The Bills’ new offensive coordinator doesn’t expect opponents to take a stack-the-box approach because of Buffalo’s “awesome weapons on the outside.”
In 46 games (21 starts), Spiller has rushed for 2,088 yards and 10 touchdowns on 388 carries (5.38 YPC) and hauled in 106 passes for 885 yards and five scores since being selected in the first round (No. 9 overall) out of Clemson in 2010. The Bills’ official website has also suggested that Spiller could touch the ball 30 times per game and considers 2,000 rushing yards a “possible” achievement for Spiller in 2013.
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