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RB C.J. Spiller - Buffalo Bills

5-11, 196Born: 8-15-1987College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 9

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Preseason player page

The Bills want to get Spiller extra touches and are using him on kick returns to add a plays for him in space.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Spiller looks like a bust compared to his ADP, but he is still flashing the acceleration and elusiveness that made him enticing as a boom/bust RB2 pick. He's only a boom/bust flex, but he has stayed healthy, and the big plays are still on the table as long as the Bills keep giving him 15-20 touches a game like they did against Houston.

Week 5: at Detroit Lions

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at CHI 15 53 0 3 3 11 1 0
2 vs MIA 12 69 0 1 1 9 0 0
3 vs SD 10 25 0 3 3 37 0 0
4 at HOU 15 60 0 3 3 24 0 0
5 at DET PROJ-Tremblay 14 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs MIA (12 / 69 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Bottled up the majority of the day, CJ Spiller really made his hay on two plays. With the Dolphins cutting what was a 13-point deficit into 6 in the third quarter, Spiller took the ensuing kickoff two yards deep in the end zone and mere seconds later had immediately returned momentum to the Bills. Void of ankle-shattering cuts, Spiller's kick return was an exhibition in perfect blocking and pure, unadulterated speed. Spiller wasted little time getting to top gear and never needed to slow down as the back line created a massive seam to run through. Only a slight graze on the shoulder pad at first contact, Spiller really showed his returning chops as he perfectly set up Caleb Sturgis using ideal spacing. Spiller gave the slightest of leans inside and Sturgis' angle was shot. The former Tiger used that created space along the sideline to straighten out and easily outrun everyone to the end zone. A savage in space, Spiller found plenty again on the drive following his kickoff return touchdown. EJ Manuel struggled with the snap, but was able to get just enough control to get it to his running back as he ran off the right edge. Spiller again found the blocking fortuitous as right tackle Seantrel Henderson guided Cameron Wake well wide and provided a massive cut back lane in the process. Spiller slipped through the hole and was unthreatened until another cut took Brent Grimes' feet out from under him. Jimmy Wilson was finally able to get Spiller out of bounds, but not before he chewed up 47 yards and took the Buffalo offense inside the red zone.

2014 Week 3 vs SD (10 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

What was already a frustrating day for CJ Spiller on the ground became even more maddening as his one break into open space was wiped out by a holding call from Scott Chandler. Running to his left, Spiller took the hand off on the read-option and took a couple steps before stopping and feigning a cut upfield. With the pursuing defenders slow rolled, Spiller took two more steps parallel to the line before finding a seam and exploded through the hole. Jarret Johnson made a diving attempt at Spiller's legs, but to no avail. Spiller only had Eric Weddle to beat, but the safety did a nice job cutting off his angle and forcing him out of bounds. Had the run counted, it would have been a 29-yard gain and taken the offense deep inside Charger territory. Clearly struggling to create space in the run game, Spiller, like Jackson, was ultimately forced to turn to the passing game for production. A perfectly executed screen pass, Spiller caught the pass on the left side and immediately turned to see his two offensive linemen engaging the immediate threats. Defensive backs Shareece Wright and Brandon Flowers converged unblocked, but were only able to slow him down as he powered through both. Slowed just enough, Eric Weddle got just enough of his feet to trip Spiller up but not before he had chewed up 25 yards. Spiller was far from ineffective on Sunday, but game flow and the Chargers ability to grind up clock made for limited opportunities.

2014 Week 4 vs HOU (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Spiller led the Bills in carries on Sunday, but inexplicably only received 15 while the offense seemed to center around an obviously fraught EJ Manuel. Furthermore, the Bills coaching staff seems to be struggling to create space for the always explosive and shifty Spiller and Sunday was no different. Working almost exclusive off read-option, Spiller was forced to attack the same creases over and over again despite the limited success and after some early positive runs; the Texans did a nice job sealing those gaps. Like the majority of his most successful runs on Sunday, Spiller's long of 22 yards came early in the game. Taking the hand off on a read-option, Spiller was able to use JJ Watt's deep inside penetration against him as he hit the edge only needing to get past defensive back Johnathan Joseph. Spiller slightly hesitated outside before cutting back in and ran through Joseph's weak attempt. Jared Crick did his best to wrap up Spiller's feet, but he slipped through Crick's arms and was up field in a flash before Brian Cushing eventually shoved him out of bounds. Spiller also caught three passes, but like the rushing attack, it left much to be desired. Almost strictly swing passes, Spiller's long went for 12 yards as he was left alone it the flat and was up field immediately. Once a potent staple of their extended run game, Spiller did catch one screen and, while it appeared he had both space and blockers, the latter let him down and the former quickly went away because of it. The Bills used plenty of deception building to the screen, but neither offensive lineman could get a body on cornerback Kareem Jackson and he was able to stop it before it turned into anything more than a five-yard gain. Worth noting, and vastly different than his 2013 role, Spiller wasn't pulled once the Bills reached the red zone and even received a target inside the Houston 15-yard line. Spiller was also stripped once, but was saved by Seantrel Henderson as he dove on the loose ball.

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Latest News

Bills | C.J. Spiller will play (Fri Sep 26, 01:59 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is probable for Week 4.

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Bills | C.J. Spiller on injury report (Thu Sep 25, 02:39 PM) - Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller (chest) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.

Our View: We saw against the New York Giants that Houston can be run on and while we don't expect 167 yards like Rashad Jennings put up, we believe Spiller should be able to produce RB2 numbers this week. If the Bills would give him a full slate of carries, he could do more, but they won't. With EJ Manuel's struggles, Spiller will be held back.
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Schedule

5@ Detroit Lions
6vs New England Patriots
7vs Minnesota Vikings
8@ New York Jets
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Miami Dolphins
12vs New York Jets
13vs Cleveland Browns
14@ Denver Broncos
15vs Green Bay Packers
16@ Oakland Raiders
17@ New England Patriots