With the emergence of Bills RB C.J. Spiller in the last six games last season following the season-ending fibula injury to Fred Jackson in Week 11, there’s a clear aim on the part of the offensive staff to get both backs on the field together as much as possible.
Such an approach not only gets more talent on the field, but adds a tremendous amount of versatility knowing both players can split wide as receivers and block.
“The great thing about it is we can put both of them anywhere,” said HC Chan Gailey. “We can leave one of them in the backfield and put the other one out as a receiver or motion them out. They both can block well enough so they create problems for the defense, so it’s really a good thing for us to have.”
Making the tandem even more versatile is Spiller’s improved blocking technique, helping to make him a more complete back. “He can do a lot of things blocking,” said Gailey. “He’s gotten better at his blocking from the previous year.”