Bills RB C.J. Spiller was touted as the focal point of Buffalo’s offense heading into the first year under head coach Doug Marrone. But a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 4 by the dynamic back played a large role in compromising those plans. As a result Spiller fell well short of his personal goals as well as his primary team goal, which was to reach the postseason for the first time in his four-year career. Walking out the door this week at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign Spiller is very clear on his role in Buffalo’s offense and optimistic about 2014.
“I don’t have any concerns or any doubts what my role will be,” said Spiller. “I think we just had an obstacle in the road when I got injured in Week 4. It kind of hindered some of the things that we were able to do with me. When you keep coming in and out of games, it’s hard to really get a guy going like that.”
Spiller said he didn’t really feel like himself until late in the season with his trademark burst and ‘cut on a dime’ elusiveness due to the ankle injury that he tried to play through as the season unfolded. Nevertheless he still led the team in rushing with 927 yards and had a 4.6 yards per carry average.
Spiller averaged 3.5 YPC through the first four games, but finished with a 4.6 YPC even though he played through the ankle injury the rest of the way. He will be a high risk/high reward pick in the early rounds pending the status of Fred Jackson, who doesn't hit free agency until 2015. Jackson's presence puts a cap on Spiller's upside.