Speaking on The Howard Simon Show this morning, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick talked about the differences he sees in RB C.J. Spiller from last year to this year.
"C.J. is a completely changed man. It's been apparent from day one of this off-season. I think the biggest thing with what he did at the end of the year last year, was he got his confidence. You just see how comfortable he is in this system now. He's telling guys, receivers that they're lined up wrong and letting them know... there's just so many things. He's directing people on the field and out of the huddle. I think he's ready to make a big jump. I think mentally he's made a big jump in the last year. With his confidence level where it is right now, we expect big things out of him this year. He really showed last year what he can do."
The main thing limiting Spiller's value this season is the presence of Fred Jackson, who was outstanding last season before getting injured. We currently have Jackson and Spiller ranked #21 and #30, respectively. Spiller figures to eat into Jackson's touches significantly after gaining 633 total yards and five TDs in a six game stretch to close the 2011 season.