RB C.J. Spiller - Free Agent
|5-11, 196||Born: 8-15-1987||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2010|
2016 Week 4 vs NYJ (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 1 rec)
Spiller had a touchdown catch in his first game with the team, and handled kickoff returns. With his couple of rushes and couple of catches, it's clear that he has a similar skill set as Christine Michael, so if he continues to have success, potentially this could cut into Michael's touches.
2016 Week 6 vs ATL (1 / -3 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Spiller looked a little rusty, with an extremely poor drop early on, and another later on the game while he was wide open but couldn't quite snag a high pass. But he did look quite electric on his three receptions, nearly getting into the end zone on one of them. He remains in what-the-heck-flex territory, but is already a more intriguing play than he was all of last year with the Saints.
2016 Week 13 vs IND (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
CJ Spiller received three touches in this blowout loss and has played sparingly on special teams. Spiller had a long play of 7 yards after catching a quick screen pass.
2015 Week 2 vs TB (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Spiller's inaugural touch of the season occurred on a wheel route up the left sideline in which the free-agent acquisition caught the ball five yards past the line of scrimmage and ran after the catch for a gain of 19. Spiller received an inside handoff two plays later that ended with him bouncing into the line for no gain. On the next drive, Spiller again ran directly into his offensive line and failed to break through the line of scrimmage. Spiller's final touch of his spot duty came early in the fourth quarter on a pitch off right tackle that picked up seven yards en route to a first-and-goal. He is sure to be more involved as the season goes on, as the Saints need as many playmakers as possible.
2015 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Spiller's first of three offensive touches came on the opening play of the game, a three yard hitch from the right boundary. His next touch, and only rush, didn't come until the beginning of the fourth quarter with an inside handoff for four yards. His third and final touch of the day was a well-designed wheel route out of the backfield against Thomas Davis for 19 yards down to the Carolina two. Coach Sean Payton said Monday that he needs to find more ways to get Spiller involved, but until that happens, it's hard to trust the multi-purpose weapon for fantasy purposes.
2015 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 99 / 1 rec)
Spiller saw a season-high seven touches, including the game-winning long-range overtime score against Dallas. Spiller's usage emphasized his acceleration and speed, schemed to get him to the edge when possible. Spiller gets up to top speed in a few steps, no match for linebackers or safeties in one-on-one situations. On the game-winning reception, Spiller gained separation on an overmatched linebacker with a wheel route from the slot easily, shed a tackle attempt by the safety, before bursting to the end zone from 80 yards out. Spiller's infusion of dynamic speed is a welcome addition to an offense struggling to produce big plays in the opening three games of the season.
2015 Week 5 vs PHI (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / -8 / 0 rec)
New Orleans attempted to get Spiller in the game early, as opened their day with a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of two. Spiller was abandoned quickly after that, however, as his second touch didn't come until late in the second quarter, another swing pass for a loss of five. His first carry of the day came early in the second half, a pitch off right tackle that lost a yard. Spiller was targeted on a wheel route from the backfield that didn't come close to a third-down completion. He took a draw play up the middle for eight yards late in the fourth quarter once the loss was firmly in hand. Spiller's string of negative swing passes continued later in the drive, failing to get past the line of scrimmage on all three of his catches. The explosive back simply hasn't been fed the ball in space like many expected coming into the season. A bigger role doesn't seem especially likely anytime soon given the overall dysfunction of New Orleans' attack.
2015 Week 6 vs ATL (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Spiller's first touch was an inside handoff through the middle of the line for seven quick yards. He followed it up on the second series with another inside handoff, gaining a yard. Spiller's first reception occurred on the third series of the game, a screen to the left flat for one yard on a third-and-long. He caught a pass on New Orleans' third play from scrimmage in the second half, a short pass to the left flat that picked up three yards. An identical pass went back in his direction a few plays later for five more. He followed it up with an underneath dumpoff route when the Saints cleared out a zone for eight yards. Spiller's final carry was a third inside handoff deep in Atlanta territory, netting just two yards. It would have been crazy to say that seven touches would be Spiller's biggest involvement of the season when he was given $9M guaranteed this offseason, but that's exactly what transpired on Thursday night. Keep him glued to benches as a complementary option in an unimpressive stable of RBs.
2015 Week 7 vs IND (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
Spiller's first touch came on New Orleans' third play from scrimmage, a screen to the right flat for 11 yards that fell well short of the marker on third-and-long. He moved the chains on the following series with a seven-yard out route from a bunch formation. The ball went back in his hands the next play, a pitch off left tackle for one yard. Spiller caught a swing pass in the left flat just two plays later, finding enough space for a four yard pickup. Another swing pass to the right flat found him on the third offensive series, with enough green grass in front of him for a 17-yard gain. Spiller took an elaborate reverse to the left sideline for five yards late in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, he found space on a stretch play off left tackle for nine yards. Spiller's next touch came midway through the third period, a pitch off left tackle that netted just one yard. Late in the third quarter, Spiller received his third swing pass of the day to the left flat, but D'Qwell Jackson was ready for it, making a nice tackle to force a loss of three yards. He lost four more yards on a poorly-blocked screen midway through the third quarter, forcing his team into a punting situation. New Orleans made somewhat of a concerted effort to get Spiller more involved, but forcing the ball his way for short swing passes wasn't what fantasy owners had in mind when drafting him this summer. More touches don't necessarily mean more production in this equal opportunity offense, and it's hard to see Spiller developing into more than a desperation Flex play.
2015 Week 8 vs NYG (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 1 rec)
Spiller's first carry came early in New Orleans' second drive, a carry off left guard for three. His next touch didn't come until there were three minutes left in the opening half, an inside draw against a defense expecting pass that gained nine. Midway through the third period, Spiller ran directly into the arms of a penetrating Kerry Wynn for a loss of two. Spiller spelled Ingram on the following series, utilizing his speed in taking a pitch off right tackle for 11 yards. Early in the final quarter, Spiller caught a swing pass in the right flat for six yards, which was essentially a long handoff. On the field with under a minute left in crunch time, Ingram ran an angle route, splitting two linebackers and hauling in New Orleans' tying touchdown pass. Spiller showed up when his team needed him most, but remained an afterthought with only six touches on the day. Khiry Robinson's season-ending injury may force New Orleans to give some of those touches to Spiller, but is probably safer remaining on fantasy benches.
2015 Week 9 vs TEN (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Spiller's uneventful day began midway through the second quarter, a run off right tackle for three. A swing pass much later in the period added Spiller's two-yard reception, but failed to move the chains on third-and-six. His third and final touch of the day was a pitch to the left sideline that netted five. Redraft owners are safe to let go of this significant disappointment.
2015 Week 10 vs WAS (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Spiller took an inside handoff on New Orleans' third play from scrimmage, notching only a yard through the middle. On the following drive, Spiller ran an out-route from the right slot for three yards to end the first period. Midway through the second period, Spiller took an inside draw through the middle for seven yards. To begin the second half, Spiller took another inside handoff off right tackle for six. He caught a short checkdown over the middle on the following down for seven yards to move the chains. Spiller failed to gain a yard off tackle on a critical fourth down later in the drive, a questionable use of the RB to say the least. His next touch came midway through the fourth quarter, netting a single yard up the middle. Spiller ran a few more times up the middle with Ingram's day seemingly done, picking up one and six yards, respectively. His role is hardly worth rehashing every week, as the inflated carry totals are simply a product of Ingram being rested for the final few minutes of the game. Spiller could very well benefit from a new coach in the offseason, but that's what many said about this year.
2015 Week 12 vs HOU (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Spiller was the recipient of a screen pass to the right flat to open the Saints' second offensive drive, losing two yards on a well defensed play. Spiller's lone carry was a pitch to the left sideline early in the second quarter for a loss of two. Early in the final frame, Spiller ran a curl route in front of Jonathan Joseph at the right boundary for seven yards. His disappointing season can't end soon enough.
2015 Week 13 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Mainly sidelined in favor of Mark Ingram, C.J. Spiller was targeted once in the flat, only for the pass to be incomplete and off target. The Saints tried to get the ball in his hands on a tunnel screen; they did, but it was instantly snuffed out with an excellent tackle.
2015 Week 14 vs TB (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
Spiller's first touch of the day came on a swing pass to the left flat on his team's second offensive drive, but it netted a loss of three. He caught another swing pass to the opposite flat on the next series, picking up eight yards and a first down. Spiller took an inside handoff from the three yard-line later in the drive, and came within a single yard of scoring. Spiller's third touch of the day was yet another swing pass to the left flat that went for two more uneventful yards. He lost a single yard on a carry off left tackle midway through the fourth. If there was ever a time for increased opportunity, Mark Ingram's injury would be the spark, but Spiller is simply in the midst of a lost season.
2015 Week 15 vs DET (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
After looking away from his initial reads, Brees scrambled for time in the pocket and dumped the ball off to Spiller for two yards on the second play from scrimmage. Spiller's first carry came early in the second quarter, an uneventful rush up the middle for two yards. His second and final carry was an inside handoff for no gain. Spiller ran a crossing route from the left slot on the following play, as he was able to beat a Detroit LB across the field for 14 yards. He did not receive another touch in the entirety of the second half.
2014 Week 1 vs CHI (15 / 53 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 1 rec)
With Spiller owners wondering where this usage was in 2013, it was quite evident Spiller was the Bills lead back on Sunday as he received more than twice as many carries as Fred Jackson and got one red zone touch that was promptly turned into a touchdown. Spiller struggled to find much space throughout the game, but more importantly showed the coaches he is both willing to attack between the tackles and accept the three-yard gain as compared to bouncing everything outside. Of his 15 carries, Spiller gained positive yards on 13 of them and still showed that intoxicating burst on his long of 13 yards. Working off the left side in overtime, Spiller took the handoff from Manuel on the read-option and finally found some space and the edge. Jared Allen lost contain and once he hit that edge, Spiller took off and went untouched until he was pushed out of bounds 13 yards later. Doing his best Fred Jackson impersonation, Spiller even found a crease where none appeared. Running between RG Erik Pears and RT Seantrel Henderson, Spiller slipped through a tiny crack and mess of bodies for 11 yards. Of course, Spiller's most impactful play came in the receiving game. A perfectly designed play, Spiller leaked out of the backfield on a fake misdirection to FB Frank Summers. Manuel easily hit the uncovered Spiller in the flat and the Chicago defense stood no shot. Spiller fired up the jets and was in the end zone mere milliseconds later.
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.
2014 Week 5 vs DET (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
A day to forget, CJ Spiller was absolutely shut down by the Lions on Sunday as nearly all of his impact came on two passing plays. Spiller's long play on the day came via the screen and may have been OC Nathaniel Hackett's lone successful design at getting Spiller in space. The play call was spot on and the line executed it masterfully as Spiller was able to weave through traffic on the catch. There seemed to be a lack of urgency on Spiller's part (the pass appeared destined for more than 15 yards), but it's likely that spawned from his other 12 touches. Certainly never one of his strongest traits, Spiller's other big impact came when he was asked to pick up a blitzing Ashlee Palmer who had come free on Orton's blindside. Spiller's effort was pitiful as he barely nicked the backer despite appearing to be in position to do considerably more and Palmer easily dropped the quarterback for a sack. Spiller did receive 10 carries on Sunday, just as many as Jackson, but there was just absolutely no production. The struggles were far from his fault as Spiller tried to maintain the integrity of the interior runs that never made it past the line of scrimmage. Even when he did bounce it wide Detroit always stretched the run out and never let Spiller get the edge. Frankly Spiller wasn't good in Detroit, but the interior play of the offensive line and Hackett's inability to create anything resembling space for the back played a massive role in his struggles.
2014 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After opening the game with a three-yard loss, CJ Spiller's day never really recovered as he received a season low six carries and lost his second fumble of the season. With the Bills essentially trying to run out the first half clock, Spiller finally found some running room as the Patriots sat back in a lax defense. Easily slipping through the line, Spiller angled right towards the sideline as he worked up field and appeared to be on his way out of bounds. Just before he could step out, however, Devin McCourty managed to put his helmet on the ball and popped it out of Spiller's hands. A bit unlucky on the placement of the hit, Spiller's luck worsened as the loose ball somehow stayed in bounds and Zach Moore was able to scoop it up. It was Spiller's longest play of the day, as it went for 15 yards, but proved to be costly both for the Bills (it led to a Pats field goal) and Spiller (only received two more carries the rest of the way). Given Spiller's struggles in the running game and his one target through the air, it's quite clear Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is still struggling to manufacture an offense that is space-friendly.
2014 Week 7 vs MIN (1 / 53 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
With Fred Jackson carted off the field and the backfield, mostly, to himself there was a calm to CJ Spiller's first carry that hasn't been seen since 2012. Working right, Spiller cut back at the line of scrimmage and immediately found the edge on the left side. Jets at full bore, Spiller seemed to be well on his way to reversing time and reminding everyone why he was deemed a top-10 pick in 2013 as he ran out the back of the end zone. And just like that, it was gone in a flash. A flailing attempt by Robert Blanton clipped just enough of Spiller's feet to have him tumbling down and as he hit the turf his shoulder absorbed the entirety of his momentum. Spiller immediately reached for his collarbone and just as quickly as he picked up those 53 yards, the same cart that took a distraught Jackson away was there to do the same to Spiller. It was later revealed Spiller did in fact break his collarbone and in all likelihood will miss the remainder of the season. Spiller also caught one pass on Sunday, picking up three yards as he lined up in the slot on the play and quickly curled up just beyond the line of scrimmage.
2014 Week 16 vs OAK (4 / -4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
CJ Spiller returned to action after missing seven games, but found no space with which to work as the Raiders frequently caught the running back in the backfield as he ended his rushing day with negative yards. Spiller also caught four passes, but found only slightly more space and then was ultimately resigned to watching from the sideline as he only had two touches, the last of which was a fumble he was able to regain, in the second half. The Bills did their best to get the blazing back in space, but the blocking in the screen game was again laughable, at best. Just before halftime, Spiller caught what looked to be a well-designed screen, but somehow both Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik whiffed on their assignments and Spiller was gang tackled by two Raiders who should've been wiped out on the play.
2014 Week 17 vs NE (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Although he found little running room, C.J. Spiller was arguably the worst Bills running back on the day, consistently going down on first hit and ramming straight into piles as opposed to showing patience. Though he did only have 6 touches, none of them were of much use.
2013 Week 1 vs NE (17 / 41 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 14 / 0 rec)
Spiller had one of his more frustrating games since his rookie season as the Patriot defense clearly keyed on him and made sure each and every touch was an exercise in attrition. Spiller didn't do himself any favors, either, as his second touch was a disaster. Running off the left edge, Spiller tried to get the corner just as Kyle Arrington made contact. The timing was all right for Arrington as he put his hand on the ball just as Spiller raised his arm, causing the fumble. One of Spiller's longest run came two drives later and was one of the few times he showed decisiveness as he wiggled through the hole and worked up field instead of waiting for something to open up. Finding open space was a rarity too, with only one run (his longest) where Spiller was able to work inside out, taking the ball through the middle of the line before bouncing it outside and picking up nine yards. There was an undeniable frustration as the game wore on for Spiller as 11 of his 17 runs went for two yards or less. Spiller was less and less decisive (with each touch) and too patient; allowing an already swarming defense to be even more aggressive every time he touched the ball. Spiller tied for the team lead in targets with six in the passing, but his five catches only went for 14 yards. His longest catch went for seven yards, but with his other four only amassing seven yards it gives everyone an idea of how frustrating a day it was for the usually electric CJ Spiller.
2013 Week 2 vs CAR (16 / 103 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Sunday had to be a tad bittersweet for Spiller. On one hand, all the frustration of the Week 1 struggles seemed to dissipate within his first four carries, amassing 33 yards in four carries. After opening with a Week 1-like run on his first carry, Spiller found some space on a draw the very next play as he picked up 11 yards. Spiller looked considerably more decisive and attacked the line of scrimmage instead of dancing with it, including his longest run coming late in the 4th quarter. The hole was massive, but Spiller's quicks got him to the 2nd level before the defense could react. Like he has done so many times, Spiller was able to use that suddenness against the defense, easily beating them to the sideline before firing the jets. Moments before he was gone for an 80-yard TD, Spiller's foot was clipped and he briefly stumbled allowing Thomas Davis to make a lunging tackle from behind. His longest run of the day at 46 yards, Spiller also had runs of 21, 9, 7 and 11 yards and a 28-yard run wiped out by a holding call. Everything just seemed more fluid for Spiller as he made the correct cuts when he needed to, including a beautiful jump cut moments before a seven-yard gain and showed patience when needed too, as he did on his nine-yard run the following drive. The day wasn't without its frustrations, though, as Spiller was only given 16 carries despite averaging 6.4 yards per carry. It's also worth noting that Spiller was passed up on the Bills three plays inside the Carolina five-yard line. After he took the offense down to the two on a four-yard run to open the 2nd half, the Bills threw the ball on consecutive plays before settling for a FG. The next time Buffalo was able to get inside the five, the offense called on Jackson and he scored from four yards out. He was also targeted five times in the passing game, catching four for 26 yards with his long of 12 yards.
2013 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Spiller was only able to play half the game, but it hard to imagine his day would have gone much differently had he played the whole game. After opening the game with two runs for 10 yards, Spiller amassed exactly zero yards on his next eight carries. Spiller's best run came on his second touch as he worked off the right edge. Spiller was able to use his special acceleration to split two converging defenders at the line of scrimmage as he was on his way to a six-yard gain. However, there's no sugar coating anything as Spiller was a complete non-factor. The Jets have already brutalized both Doug Martin and Stevan Ridley, but this may have been their finest showing yet. Ultimately Spiller was forced from the game with an apparent knee injury just as the 2nd half kicked off and Coach Marrone offered very little information on the potential injury suggesting he would be reevaluated on Monday. There wasn't one specific play to point to in regards to the injury as Spiller was seen on the sideline with his knee wrapped before finally heading to the locker room in the 4th quarter. Spiller only caught one pass, a quick one-yard out. Spiller also fumbled twice, but neither were recovered by the Jets.
2013 Week 4 vs BAL (23 / 77 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After disappointing some with his hesitant, east-west running style over the past few weeks, CJ Spiller reverted to a north-south approach against Baltimore and showed some nifty moves both behind and at the line of scrimmage to squeak free from would-be tacklers. The up-tempo Bills offense went through the offensive line and the ground game early on, with Spiller's decisiveness and agility on show. However, the Ravens kept the speedster under wraps and kept his longest gain to only 10 yards. After a nasty hit in the third quarter, Spiller was forced out of the game, ceding his workload to Fred Jackson. A hobbled Spiller came back into the game late on, but did not look at the races and had no burst whatsoever.
2013 Week 5 vs CLE (8 / 66 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
A true game-time decision, Spiller only received 8 carries to Jackson's 17 and still showed remnants of the same indecisiveness that has bothered him since Week 1. After his first three carries netted four total yards, Spiller finally used his instincts instead of thinking and it showed. Vintage Spiller, the running back used an explosive backside cut to get the edge. TJ Ward was there to fill the gap, but didn't adjust well to blazing speed and Spiller was able to get the edge. Scott Chandler did a nice job maintaining a block on Barkevious Mingo just long enough for Spiller to turn up field and turn up field he did. Spiller blasted up field into the wide open space and no Brown defender came within five yards. It was evident on the back end of the run Spiller's ankle wasn't fully healthy as there was a slight hitch in his stride on his way to the 54-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, Spiller didn't exhibit that same decisiveness or confidence on his other seven runs as he was only able to amass 12 yards total. Appearing to think too much, Spiller too often wasn't creative at the point of contact and conceded to one and two-yard gains. Clearly a sign of his not being fully healthy, Spiller did not receive one target in the passing game.
2013 Week 6 vs CIN (10 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Welcome back Mr. Lightning Bolt! After scoring his first touchdown the week prior, Spiller put together his most complete game since Week 2. Not getting his first carry until the 2nd drive, Spiller found immediate space on the edge on his way to a 10-yard run. Spiller's next run looked identical to his first as Adam Jones was barely able to get a hand on the still slightly gimpy Spiller and deflect him out of bounds as he picked up nine more yards. Spiller's best run, however, came on the first drive out of halftime. Again running left, Spiller window-shopped the hole while he waited just long enough for his blocks to seal the edge (including a great block from Chandler). Over committed and stricken with now bad angles, the defense was unable to react to Spiller's burst and he was around the corner untouched. The run ultimately went for 19 yards, but it is hard to envision a healthier Spiller doesn't get more. Spiller only received one more carry in regulation as the Bills went into catch-up mode, but it's worth noting the running backs received the same amount of carries and Jackson had only two more touches. After no targets in the passing game last week, Spiller was finally involved in a screen pass and picked up seven yards on the catch. Most important of all, though, was the obvious confidence Spiller ran with while facing one of the league's toughest defensive lines. Also important, the Bills finally benched the much maligned Colin Brown at left guard as Doug Legursky took over the responsibilities and showed marked improvement. Five of Spiller's ten carries went off the left edge and accounted for 47 of his 55 rushing yards.
2013 Week 7 vs MIA (6 / 11 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / -4 / 0 rec)
If it wasn't obvious beforehand, it was painfully so after Spiller's first (and longest) run of the day that it may be time to give him some time off. Stuffed as he pressed the hole, Spiller bounced the run outside. Backside help was there, but the RB used a slight hesitation before fully bouncing outside. The defense couldn't react and Spiller was able to get the edge as he picked up 11 yards on the run. Spiller stepped out of bounds, but looked like a deer on ice as he gingerly pumped the brakes and took about 20 more steps than he should have to finally stop. Despite the successful run, Spiller immediately motioned to the sideline for a sub and angrily unsnapped his chinstraps. He still showed straight-line burst, but any cutting was met with a lack in confidence in his hobbled ankle. After the 11-yard gain, Spiller received four more carries for a combined -1 yards and because of his ankle was resigned to slamming into the middle of the line. After no targets in the passing game last week, Spiller saw three this week but probably would have been better getting none as he amassed -4 yards.
2013 Week 9 vs KC (12 / 116 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
If there was any question as to how much a week off would help Spiller in his recovery from a high ankle sprain, he quickly answered those concerns two carries in. The second of consecutive carries, Spiller briefly pressed the hole before recognizing the lack of running room. With a burst not seen since Week 2, he reversed the field and used his speed to get around the edge for an eight-yard run. A mere appetizer to his main course, Spiller again showed the propensity to plant and explode on another zone run just before halftime. This time working left, Spiller correctly diagnosed the hole and cut through a gaping hole into wide-open space. Once at the second level, Spiller took the carry to the sideline as he weaved his way to a 29-yard run. Spiller's best, and longest, run came just out of halftime however as he took the handoff on a counter. The former Tiger immediately cut backside and found plenty of space as the defense followed the initial pursuit. Once in open space, Spiller ran through attempted tackles from both safeties, the latter of which was set up by Spiller that wrecked Kendrick Lewis' angle. Really a thing of beauty, Spiller allowed Lewis to commit to what looked like a solid angle before he turned on his speed and that angle quickly dissipated into an embarrassing flailing arm tackle that only grazed Spiller's shoulder pads. Nowhere near done, Spiller raced down the sideline and officially announced his health to the throngs watching as Brandon Flowers attempted to make a tackle. Spiller abruptly slowed, planted and cut back inside while Flowers tried to adjust, but could only grasp at ghosts while he continued out of the field of play. The Flowers fake resulted in 21 more yards on what was ultimately a 61-yard run. Spiller also found some space in the passing game, catching three passes on five targets including a 27-yard gain on a swing pass where he was left uncovered. Spiller final touch was a tad scary as he picked up 13 yards on a screen and just as he stepped out of bounds had his ankle clipped. Slightly hobbled initially, Spiller appeared fine after walking the initial pain off.
2013 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
2013 Week 11 vs NYJ (13 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Spiller played half the snaps Jackson did, but still managed to snatch up one more carry than his fellow RB and did get the first of two carries inside the five-yard line. Spiller also opened another drive that started inside New York territory with the consecutive runs and was given a nice hole on the 2nd run. Unfortunately C Eric Wood was driven right into Spiller's lap just as he took the handoff and he could do little to navigate with no space to work with. Completely ineffective, Spiller was often hit well behind the line of scrimmage (5 of 13 runs went for zero or negative yards) or right at it as his longest run went for three yards. On the play Spiller finally found some room through the line, but it was short-lived as the Jets quickly collapsed and the RB was indecisive and caught moving side to side instead of exploding upfield. Like Jackson, Spiller snatched both targets for 10 yards receiving with a long of eight coming on a screen pass.
2013 Week 13 vs ATL (15 / 149 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Spiller was the starter on Sunday and wasted little time announcing his presence in Toronto with authority. His second carry and the second play for the Buffalo offense, Spiller took the draw from Manuel and just missed the longest TD run of his career. With only a slight cut in the hole, Spiller found ample amounts of space to get wide once through the line and was bursting up field moments later as two Atlanta defenders collided. Spiller was able to outrun the initial diving attempt at his feet as he straightened out, but shockingly was caught from behind by Desmond Trufant at the Falcon six-yard line as he appeared to not sense the DB and wasn't at full bore to finish the run off. Spiller did give owners a scare late it the 1st half as he limped off the field after a nine-yard run and was seen grimacing on the sidelines as he tested his ankle with sprints, but ultimately received a different brace before returning to the game. Not satisfied with his 76-yard run that saw him getting caught from behind, Spiller exploded again in the 2nd half. Working off the read option, the RB found a massive hole off the right guard, easily hit the second level and cut back inside. Stevie Johnson masterfully sealed one defender allowing Spiller to explode up field as William Moore, Robert McClain and Robert Alford all converged on the RB. Showing no issues with his ankle, Spiller used one more jump cut to side step and avoid all three DBs as they all tackled the same air before again exploding up field on his way to a 36-yard TD run. Getting caught from behind clearly on his mind, the electric RB made sure to finish this run as he sprinted through the back of the end zone. Most impressive of all about the run, Spiller was able to weave through the heart of the Falcon defense without ever getting touched. Not only did Spiller lead the team in carries, he had his first 15-carry game since Week 4 and was the first in the backfield on 10 of 14 drives and 7 of 10 after appearing to injure his ankle. Spiller was targeted four times in the passing game, but wasn't able to get anything going on his two catches.
2013 Week 14 vs TB (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
For the second consecutive game, Spiller led the team in carries and despite the apparent depleted production, had his explosive moments. Spiller's longest run (unofficially) went for 14 yards, but a holding penalty on the outside by Marquise Goodwin essentially wiped it out. One of the few times he was able to find some space, Spiller slipped through the left side of the line on the read option and immediately exploded down the sideline. Mark Barron was just able to shove him out of bounds, but not before he had picked up 14 yards on the run. Spiller's longest and best play of the day came on a screen that was one questionable penalty away from being an 83-yard TD catch and run. Leaking out of the backfield, the play was nearly dead before it even began as LG Doug Legursky completely whiffed on Mason Foster. With Foster lunging at his legs, Spiller simultaneously made the catch and used a quick jump cut to avoid the tackle. DT Derek Landri make a valiant effort to clip Spiller from behind before he could take off, but t'was merely a pipe dream as the RB immediately accelerated and outran the diving attempt. Once in the clear, Spiller used a slight movement inside whilst Robert Woods sealed off Revis before jutting back outside with C Eric Wood occupying Mark Barron. Never breaking stride, Spiller turned the jets on full bore just beyond Barron and outran the rest of the Tampa defense on his way to the end zone. Unfortunately, the huge play was nullified by a questionable holding call down the field and reduced to a 26-yard catch. Spiller had a slight limp after the long run, but was back on the field two plays later just in time to badly miss a blitz pickup that resulted in his QB taking a shot on the play. An all around frustrating day, Spiller very rarely had space, was often hit shortly after taking the handoff and saw his opportunities limited by the shift in game script.
2013 Week 15 vs JAX (13 / 67 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
For the first time since Week 10 Spiller didn't lead the team in carries, but was the starter, received the first carries inside the red zone and averaged a team high 5.2 YPC. After compiling seven yards on his first four carries, Spiller finally found some space as he took the Bills inside the Jaguar 10-yard line with a 10-yard run on read-option. Spiller received the next carry, but couldn't get downhill as the Jaguars did a nice job stringing the run out. Spiller's longest run came on the following drive, again working right on the read-option. Spiller followed a nice lead block from Frank Summers and ran through an arm tackle from Russell Allen at the hole before exploding up field. Marquise Goodwin helped seal the outside with a nice block as the RB picked up 18 yards on the run. Spiller just missed a huge run in the 3rd quarter as he exhibited nice patience on another read-option off the right end. Spiller split the gap between Kraig Urbik and Eric Pears as he angled up field and looked for one huge burst to break free. Mere moments before liftoff, a chasing Geno Hayes got just enough of a hand on Spiller as Winston Guy attacked the RB's legs. Had it just been Hayes or Guy attempting the tackle, it is likely Spiller would have been off to the races, but the combination of the two did just enough bring him down. Tackled awkwardly, Spiller limped off the field, but was back on the field two plays later and showed both power and burst on the six-yard draw. The following drive, after a 12-yard run, Spiller hopped off the field after getting his legs wrapped up awkwardly but promptly returned after a couple ginger paces on the sideline.
2013 Week 16 vs MIA (20 / 77 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Spiller led the team in carries on Sunday and while he had his moments of flash, he struggled to find much in terms of the highly coveted space. Spiller had the Bills longest rush of game, picking up 23 yards on the 4th quarter carry. Surprisingly, the run came between the tackles, as Spiller was able to show both speed and power on the tote. Running through the gaping hole, the electric back used a blast of acceleration to hit the second level. LB Phillip Wheeler did his best to wrap his legs up, but Spiller pirouetted out of the tackle on his way to 10 more yards before finishing the run off with a violent straight arm to Brent Grimes on his way out of bounds. Not surprisingly, Spiller's most consistently successful runs came when he was able to get the edge and use his speed. Five times the speedy back was able to get the edge and only once was he held to less than five yards. Still a work in progress, but the Bills coaching staff manufactured some space for Spiller in the passing game as he turned two screens and a swing pass into 26 receiving yards.
2013 Week 17 vs NE (19 / 105 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)
For the second week in a row, Spiller led the Bills in attempts and was able to hit the century mark for the first time since Week 13. Just as he did in Week 16, Spiller was electric in space and left a litany of navy jockstraps in his wake as he made numerous attempted tacklers look foolish. On the second play of the game, Spiller initially worked the middle of line before swiftly cutting backside with only Steve Gregory between he and open range. Gregory lunged at Spiller's feet, but the swipe was futile as the RB avoided the tackle and picked up 24 yards on the run. The following drive, Spiller just missed another big run as he burst through the middle of the line and was a shoestring trip away from a one-on-one opportunity with a flat-footed DB as he picked up six stumbling yards. The flashy RB continued to read the gaps well in the 2nd half, using one cut to pick up 12 yards to get the first TD drive going. Spiller just a missed a TD the following drive taking a carry up the middle and through desperate arms to the New England one-yard line. A straight power run from the 13-yard line, Spiller was decisive and got downhill quickly as he ran through three arm tackles before losing his footing and coming up just short of the end zone on the dive. Lightning to Jackson's thunder, Spiller continued to use his insane explosion to create space as he opened the next drive with another 13-yard carry after using a jump cut in the hole to get wide. Maybe his most elusive run, Spiller turned what could have been a much bigger loss into a minor one with a tornado-like spin move in the backfield. Logan Ryan came free on a CB blitz and had Spiller dead to rights right just as he took the handoff from Lewis, but the RB went controlled Tazmanian Devil as he abruptly spun out of the attempted tackle and worked his way back to the line of scrimmage. Two drives later, Spiller was again met at the point of the handoff, but quickly slipped away and this time turned the potential loss into a four-yard gain. Deadly on the ground, Spiller shook some defenders in the pass game as well as he turned a short dump out of the backfield into a 16-yard gain. Catching the pass in stride, Spiller eluded the collapsing DB as he ran to the boundary and cut up field. Brandon Spikes had the RB trapped on the sideline, but Spiller slammed on the brakes and cut back inside as Spikes did all he could keep his feet, never getting a hand on the ball carrier, whilst Spiller picked up 10 more yards on the catch and run. Mysteriously, Spikes was seen limping to the sideline as the Patriot training staff did their best to work on his bruised ego.
2012 Week 1 vs NYJ (14 / 169 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
The only bright spot in this game for the Bills was the play of Spiller. Soon after taking over for an injured Fred Jackson with the team already trailing by 21-0, he broke a couple tackles for an electric 56-yard touchdown run that seemed to give the Bills some hope of a comeback. On the very next drive, he leaped to make a very tough catch downfield for a 30-yard gain, but had the ball stripped as he turned and it was ruled a fumble, which the Jets recovered. The Bills quickly lost the momentum, but Spiller continued to churn out big gains including a 49-yard run in the third quarter that saw him brought down just shy of the goal line. He finished with 169 yards on the ground and added 25 more on a couple of receptions. We already what Spiller could do as a feature back late in 2011 and it looks like he's going to get another opportunity to carry a heavy load in the weeks to come. Note that he was taken out in goalline situations for backup Tashard Choice.
2012 Week 2 vs KC (15 / 123 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
With Fred Jackson out of the lineup, Spiller continued his impressive play with another huge game. Despite sitting out nearly the entire 4th quarter of a blowout win, he finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries while also adding 47 yards on 3 catches. Spiller is seeing some nice holes open up, but is also exploding through them and getting into the second level of the defense with relative ease. He currently leads the league in rushing with 292 yards while also averaging an insane 10.1 yards per attempt. While it's unlikely he'll be able to sustain that for long, he is clearly emerging as a star and a player defenses will need to focus more attention on containing.
2012 Week 3 vs CLE (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 42 / 1 rec)
C.J. Spiller entered the game as the league's leading rusher and once again showed off his big-play ability when he converted a short pass into a 32-yard touchdown. On the very next play, he took another short pass and weaved through traffic for a 25-yard gain before he was tackled and landed hard on his shoulder. He was taken to the locker room and did not return to the game. Initial reports indicated that it was a shoulder sprain that is likely to keep him out for 1 or 2 weeks.
2012 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
CJ Spiller was only a bit part player in this game after starring early this season so far. His first carry forced him to evade a defender in the backfield before running outside for a two yard loss. He then lined up as receiver and caught a screen pass that was blown up over the middle for minimal gain. Spiller was running sideways again on his first carry as he bounced outside twice ignoring a clear chance to attack a gap between the tackles. In a passing situation, Spiller was able to use his acceleration on a delayed handoff to burst through two arm tackles into the secondary for a 10 yard gain. Spiller had an opportunity to score at the goalline. He received the handoff and sprinted at the goalline, but the ball came loose after a big hit from Brandon Spikes. It was a big hit, but his injured shoulder injury likely had a major effect on the play considering how easily the ball came out. Spiller was only a bit part player against the Patriots, and he was clearly only partially healthy also.
2012 Week 5 vs SF (7 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Neither back could get much traction against the swarming defense, but Spiller looked the better of the two. He was quicker, able to use his stop-start acceleration to try and find the small windows and run through them. He displayed shiftiness on runs in between the tackles, but the holes were so small and closed so quickly that Spiller wasn't able to get more than a handful of yards on his carries. His best run came from recognition of the closed hole, and by breaking an arm tackle, Spiller was able to bounce the run outside for a 12 yard gain. He was also targeted in the passing game on a long route down the sideline, and had Fitzpatrick thrown an accurate ball, Spiller would have been in a foot race to the end zone.
2012 Week 6 vs ARI (12 / 88 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Desperately needing some big plays from Spiller after a woeful offensive performance in week five, Spiller did not fail to deliver. Facing what has been a tough Cardinal rushing defense, Spiller made them look silly on more than one occasion. Spiller's 10-yard TD run was a thing of beauty. Taking the hand off out of the shotgun, Spiller met a waiting Kerry Rhodes in the hole. One jump-cut to the left and a bounce outside and Rhodes was left with nothing more than fists of air while Spiller easily walked into the end zone. Not one to single guys out, Spiller would make sure other safety Adrian Wilson got his too. Taking the hand off on a draw, Spiller was immediately met with pressure in the backfield. Spiller again utilized the jump cut, avoiding the immediate danger from Darnell Dockett. It appeared Spiller had cut right into more trouble as Wilson had played his contain quite well, waiting to finish him off. However, Spiller cut back up field in the gaping hole and broke off a 33-yard run (narrowly missing another long TD run), his longest of the day. Just like Rhodes before, Wilson was left flat-footed and in Spiller's wake empty handed. Spiller would again impress, as he caught a telegraphed pass from Fitzpatrick in the flat on 2nd and long, deep in their own territory. This time with Patrick Peterson bearing down and arriving with help in the form of LB Daryl Washington. With severely limited space (the pass was caught to the short side of the field), Spiller collapsed Peterson and used his speed to avoid Washington and get the corner racing up the sideline for a nice six-yard gain (a gain which by no means did the play justice). Spiller would again get Wilson in overtime on a 17-yard run. Wilson dropped his head preparing for contact and Spiller easily cut right, avoiding the tackle and picked up 12 more yards before finally going down. Spiller averaged a blistering seven yards a carry against what is one of the fastest defenses in the NFL and also caught four passes out of the backfield, picking up another 22 yards through the air.
2012 Week 7 vs TEN (12 / 70 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 32 / 0 rec)
Where Jackson is water weaving its way through open cracks; Spiller looks like lightning, with unbelievably fast, jagged cuts, often leaving destruction in his wake (just ask Titans' LB Zac Diles). Diles had Spiller measured up on a swing pass, but one cut crumpled the LB and had him needing help to get off the field. The cut actually brought two defenders down, but only Diles need medical assistance on the sideline because of it. I've heard of breaking dude's ankles, but never actually seen a vicious cut lead to injury. Every bit the playmaker Chris Johnson is, Spiller attacks the line of scrimmage with considerably more ferocity. Spiller had one cutback a la Johnson in 3rd quarter allowing safety Jordan Babineaux to come downhill. Spiller and Babineaux met four yards beyond the line of scrimmage; head on (even popping the decal on Babineaux's helmet off). Spiller absorbed the hit and was able to bounce off and pick up three more yards. The Bills love getting Spiller in space, but he rarely runs off the edges, instead working between tackles and using his elusiveness quite effectively with little to no room. Like Jackson, Spiller was a huge part of the passing game on Sunday. Spiller was 3rd on the team in targets and 2nd in catches. His long of 20 came on a middle screen on the Bills' first drive, taking the pass to the Titan four-yard line on 3rd and 10. Spiller was able to amass 102 total yards of offense, as he and Jackson did a tremendous job keeping each other fresh and the Titan defense on their heels.
2012 Week 9 vs HOU (6 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Facing one of the leagues better defenses, Spiller was again electric; averaging over six yards a carry and 12 yards a catch. Unfortunately for the Bills, they were unable to sustain much consistent offense, really limiting Spiller's touches. Of his 11 touches (six carries and five catches), only two went for less than five yards (both coming on his first drive). Spiller took his first carry right into the teeth of the Texans defense, picking up a tough three yards. Two plays later, poor blocking gave the RB no chance as he was dropped as soon as he took the handoff. Spiller's tremendous speed and jagged elusiveness was obvious on his first catch (a long of 28 yards). Quickly becoming the Bills best play, Spiller leaked around the defensive end into the middle of the field, catching the screen just beyond the line of scrimmage. Wasting no time, or movement, Spiller was up the field in a flash, using his blocks perfectly. Spiller was able to get to the sideline and barely stepped out of bounds on a cut back inside, taking an extra 15 yards (at least) away from the catch and run. Split out wide later, Spiller and Fitzpatrick connected on a nice stop route/back shoulder throw for 12 yards. Not an easy catch, Spiller made a nice adjustment and hauled in the pass whilst sliding to the ground. Like the middle screen, Spiller's longest run showed no wasted movement. Taking the handoff on a draw, Spiller saw plenty of space in front of him and burst up the field, not seeing contact until he reached the second level, picking up 22 yards on the run. Showing his propensity to work inside out, Spiller took an inside carry and was able to press the hole before using his speed to avert the tackle at the line of scrimmage before getting the edge and picking up six yards when he had no business getting more than two. Splitting Spiller out wide, Buffalo continued to look to get Spiller touches in space. However, the quick screen was defended well as the Texans limited Spiller to four yards. Spiller was fantastic on Sunday, but the offense showed some rust, which severely limited the RB's touches.
2012 Week 10 vs NE (9 / 70 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Every bit as advertised, Spiller looked spectacular again on Sunday. A highlight waiting to happen every time he touches the ball, Spiller's best play came in the 4th quarter. After faking the end around, Spiller leaked into the flat for the screen. The Patriots did a perfect job responding defensively, but Spiller was not to be denied. Catching the ball well behind the line of scrimmage, Spiller's first move was an inside cut leaving Mayo flailing for a weak and easily avoided arm tackle. As the Patriot defense surrounded, Spiller promptly bounced back outside as Spikes and Gregory collided like two keystone cops grasping at air before turning on the jets and picking up 25 yards. Spiller had no business getting out of the backfield, but was able to use pure athleticism and speed to turn in the big play. Spiller just missed a TD on the following drive. After a rather uneventful 14-yard run to kick the drive off, Spiller took the next carry and was again met in the backfield by an unblocked Spikes, but used a slight hesitation and a quick jump cut to easily feign Spikes before beating a helpless Gregory to the edge. Sneaking behind a pretty block from Jones on the outside, Spiller just barely touched the white at the three. Spiller didn't just make Spikes look bad, but also crumpled (literally brought him to his knees) Rob Ninkovich on a short run on the Bills first scoring drive. Only a short four-yard run, Spiller hit the hole before cutting it outside destroying the LB in the process. Spiller did not get the volume of carries Jackson did, but still averaged a ridiculous 7.8 yards per carry, with a long of 14 yards. Spiller also caught all four targets, picking up 61 yards in the process, with a long of 25 yards on that aforementioned zany screen. Spiller didn't find the end zone, but was on the precipice of finding pay dirt more than once. Important to note when Buffalo hit the red zone, Jackson took over for Spiller.
2012 Week 11 vs MIA (22 / 91 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
With Fred Jackson ruled out due to a concussion, C.J. Spiller stepped in to the lead role for the Bills' rushing attack on Thursday night and he did not disappoint despite the tough matchup. Four of Spiller's first five carries went between the tackles and all were longer than four yards. After picking up 24 yards on his first six carries, Buffalo play faked to Spiller before dumping it off to the RB on the screen. Always electric in space, Spiller took the short pass and exploded up field, not feeling contact until he was 24 yards down field and safety Reshad Jones was pushing him out of bounds. The catch was Spiller's longest play of the game, but was not his best. Later, taking the handoff on a draw, Spiller shot up field and picked up 20 yards for his longest run of the night. However, what happening in-between handoff and tackle sent reverbs throughout Ralph Wilson Stadium. Untouched through the hole, Spiller was at full speed almost immediately and as he has done all season, used a vicious jump cut to get outside an approaching tackler. Normally one to then use his speed to find the edge, Spiller cut back inside, again feigning another potential tackler. Spiller would use two more cuts, all between the hashes, in the midst of heavy traffic to pick up another ten yards. Curiously (or not for the accustomed Bills' fan) Spiller did not see another snap on the drive, despite the offense continuously stalling in the red zone all night. Apparently Gailey only needs play making on the other side of the 20-yard line. Spiller just missed breaking a long TD run on the Bills' opening drive of the 2nd half taking the carry up the middle and hitting the 2nd level at full speed before Jones and fellow safety Chris Clemons combined to bring the RB down just before liftoff. Spiller's day wouldn't be complete without making at least one tackler look bad and on the Bills' final drive he managed to fulfill that requirement. A designed run up the middle, Spiller was forced to adjust on the fly as Karlos Dansby shot through the gap untouched. Now the norm, Spiller gave the LB a slight hesitation, freezing Dansby before bouncing the run outside and turning on the jets for a five-yard gain, leaving a lunging Dansby (and four-yard loss) flailing behind him. By his own admission, Spiller struggled with his fitness just a bit, but a short week and a much larger workload understandably took its toll. And just like the rest of the offense, Spiller missed an effective spell in the injured Jackson as Choice was far from a suitable replacement. Spiller was targeted four times in the passing game (2nd on the team), catching three, including the aforementioned 24-yard screen pass.
2012 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 107 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
Despite Fred Jackson's return, C.J. Spiller still received 70% of the carries on Sunday, averaging 7.6 yards a carry on his 14 carries, including four runs of 10+ yards with a long of 41 yards. Spiller only received one designed run to the outside, losing four yards on the toss, but still managed to find the edge consistently using incredible patience and staggering cuts. After his first three runs only netted two total yards, Spiller broke through on his fourth for 23 yards. Running up the middle, Spiller easily found space through the line before he used one cut to get the corner and turn up field. With the offense, specifically Fitzpatrick, sputtering and needing a jumpstart, it was Spiller again who came to the rescue. Trailing by two scores late in the 3rd quarter, Spiller opened the lone TD drive with a carry up the middle. Slithering through a tiny hole, Spiller exhibited tremendous patience at the point of attack, pressing the tangled mess of flailing limbs of linemen (defensive and offensive alike) before exploding to the open space on the outside. S Antoine Bethea nearly misjudged his angle as Spiller raced down the sideline, just getting a hand on the RB to push him out of bounds preventing a 78-yard TD run and "limiting" him to a 43-yard run. Like his first designed carry to the outside, Spiller still shows some struggles to take the tough yards when defenses stretch the run out. Running the stretch off the left side late in the game, the Colts defense did a nice job preventing Spiller from finding the edge. Being too patient, Spiller waited and waited for a hole that never appeared, picking up a minimal gain as he was ran out of bounds instead of taking the tough four yards that would have resulted in a first down. Once a dominant force in the passing game, Spiller was absolutely shut down, getting three targets and catching only one for a loss of four yards. The official numbers were abysmal, but it is worth noting Spiller did just miss a huge catch early in the game on a putrid overthrow from Fitzpatrick that would have undoubtedly been a TD. Lined up in the slot, Spiller ran right by the lone LB coverage that had no help over the top. Five yards beyond the nearest defender, Spiller couldn't run down the throw and the Bills missed yet another big play opportunity.
2012 Week 13 vs JAX (14 / 77 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
For the most part Jacksonville did a tremendous job on Spiller holding him to 33 yards on 13 carries. Only problem being Spiller received 14 carries on the day, with the 14th carry being a ridiculous 44-yard TD run. Designed to go right, Spiller made one cut in the backfield and was able to get outside the left edge. Jaguar defenders, namely the back seven and those who had outside contain over pursued the intended run and any attempt to recover was pure comedy. By the time Spiller had cut up field, he was at full speed and didn't have to break stride until he was slipping a final desperate tackle attempt at the one-yard line. I think it is hard to not recognize the importance of Jackson to Spiller's success on the field. Certainly no defense can fully adjust, nor prepare, for the speed Spiller brings. However, trying to re-adjust after eight consecutive touches from the more bruising (and obviously slower) Jackson puts tremendous stress on a defense. Think of a Billy Wagner-type in baseball, who blisters batters with a 95 MPH fastball before pulling the string on an 87 MPH changeup. Everything the batter does is sped up trying to catch up. That, reversed, is the same affect Jackson and Spiller had on Jacksonville on Sunday. The defense was prepped for Spiller's speed and handled it quite well for his first 12 carries. Jackson brought the tempo down, the backside contain made one mistake with Spiller and it was all over. Spiller doesn't need 20+ carries, just one mental error from a crossed up defense to make a huge impact on the game. Spiller only received one target in the passing game, catching his lone target for seven yards. A release valve for Fitzpatrick on a much deeper designed route, Spiller ran underneath the coverage on the pass.
2012 Week 14 vs STL (7 / 37 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
It is probably safe to assume when Gailey is asked why Spiller only received eight touches, even he won't know why. Spiller looked every bit as explosive, averaging 5.3 yards a carry, but again just didn't get the touches in a game where the offense struggled and only managed to score 12 points. Spiller's first (and only) reception was another highlight to add to his already long list of special plays in 2012. Catching the screen on 3rd and 13, Spiller waited on his block patiently before using one jump cut around the danger and bursting up field for 15 yards and the first down. Despite only getting seven carries, Spiller looked great in the run game too. Opening the offensive attack to kick the 2nd half, Spiller had a sharp cut in the hole and was able to use his speed to pick up 12 yards on the carry. Running right two plays later, Spiller cut back to waiting CB Jenoris Jenkins on the backside contain. Like he has done all season, Spiller used a slight hesitation before continuing his bounce outside and left the rookie diving at air in the backfield. Getting the edge, Spiller turned up field for 13 yards before finally running out of bounds. Unbeknownst to everyone, Spiller would only receive one more touch (a one-yard run) the rest of the way as the offense went conservative and tried to bleed the clock with Jackson.
2012 Week 15 vs SEA (17 / 103 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / -2 / 0 rec)
It is hard to imagine a situation in which Spiller receives 94% of the carries and it still isn't enough. But then you look at the man calling the plays and it all starts to make sense. Just as electric and every bit as effective, Spiller maintained his gross yards per carry on the season, averaging 6.1 on Sunday and managed to find the end zone too. Of the Bills first five possessions, Spiller received a total of ten carries. Eight of those ten came amongst the two TD drives further suggesting what the entire league already knows (given it's week 15), Spiller (the run game) is good and Fitzpatrick is not. Able to dazzle at any moment, Spiller turned an eight-yard carry on the first TD drive into a mess of missed tackles. With the run designed left, Spiller promptly cut back, avoiding his first potential tackler in the backfield. Turning up field, Spiller split two defenders (one caught flat-footed and another flailing at his legs) before cutting around another. Just missing a breakaway run, Spiller was finally wrapped up just short of the first down marker. Three plays later, Spiller electrified the crowd again, using just one cut and pure speed to run untouched into the end zone for the 14-yard TD. Spiller was the focal point of the next TD drive, using his speed to pick up 26 yards on consecutive plays to open the drive, including his long of 18 yards. The game quickly got away from the Bills, but it is still hard to make sense of the move away from Spiller. The catalyst for both TD drives; Spiller is the one player on offense who had the potential to turn any touch into immediate points. Spiller was also targeted five times in the passing game, but only managed three catches for negative two yards. News to Gailey, the league has caught on to the simple screens to the RB; it is time to start getting a bit more inventive when dealing with one of the leagues most explosive players.
2012 Week 16 vs MIA (22 / 138 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
As brutal, and often frustrating, the Bills are to watch as an organization, there is one diamond worth watching amidst all the rough. C.J. Spiller is mesmerizing, turning every touch into a potential highlight reel play. Opening the game with a play fake to Spiller, Fitzpatrick dumped his first toss to the RB in the flat. LB Kevin Burnett had the coverage and the angle to limit the pass to a short gain. However, as every potential tackler has learned, even when you have the angle on Spiller, you really don't. Spiller didn't need any cuts or jukes, just pure speed to shred the angle and get the edge to pick up 14 yards when it looked like he'd only get five. The following drive Spiller showed his strength between the tackles, picking up a 3rd and short with power as he forced the pile up field for the three-yard gain. What everyone came to see, however, came on the following drive. Taking the handoff on the draw, Spiller immediately had to jump cut in the backfield and reverse the direction of the run. Spiller avoided the initial tackler, turned up field and split two Dolphins (including Dansby) before using another cut wide to circumvent another tackle. Danger avoided, the Spiller jets went full bore as he blazed past two more Miami defenders. Olivier Vernon, who had been trailing the play the whole way, lunged and just managed to clip Spiller's foot, slowing him down just enough to allow Sean Smith to make the tackle. The run went for 61 yards, Spiller's long on the season, but just missed being considerably longer. There were others, like the time he used one cut to avoid an unblocked LB running free through the middle of line turning the sure loss into an eight-yard gain, but not nearly enough time (or page space) to write about each and every one. Despite multiple games worth of tape, and no real threat elsewhere on the field at the same time, Spiller still averaged 6+ yards a carry against one of the leagues better rush defenses. He doesn't have the vicious power of Adrian Peterson or the gliding patience of Arian Foster, but what he has no one else in the league possesses either. Able to stop, start and change direction, all without losing any speed, Spiller is always one touch away from turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Also worth noting, when Dickerson went down late in the game and needed an air cast immediately, there was one Bills player providing support on the field for Dickerson and it was Spiller, which could go a long way in establishing a more leadership-type role for the RB.
2012 Week 17 vs NYJ (24 / 59 / 0 rush, 7 / 2 / 72 / 1 rec)
Nothing like his week one meeting with the Jets, Spiller struggled to get much going in the running game (averaging 2.5 yards a carry) despite getting 24 carries. Spiller only had one carry over ten yards, coming on the Bills' 2nd to last drive. Coming on a counter, Spiller showed nice patience as he weaved through traffic on the 12-yard gain. Spiller saved his best for the passing game, however, namely a blazing 66-yard TD grab on a middle screen. Perfectly designed and executed, Spiller only needed one slight hesitation at the 2nd level to slip Yeremiah Bell before the jets came on and he left three potential tacklers choking on his fumes. It's hard to not give a ton of credit to the play call and the blocking downfield, but there's no doubt that there are only a handful of players in the NFL who could do what Spiller did.
2011 Week 1 vs KC (5 / 16 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Any worries about Spiller taking over touches from Jackson did not show themselves against the Chiefs. Spiller just didn't get many opportunities, and Jackson made the most of his. The only impressive run of the day for CJ was his 9 yard run late in the game. On that play, he showed his speed by exploding through a nice hole and running to the right corner for a TD. But on his other carries, he continued to dance a little too much and thus didn't get much playing time when it counted. As long as the Bills win, and Fred Jackson plays this well, CJ is going to have to fight for playing time, because Gailey and Jackson don't appear like they are going to give him much of a shot. And the way they both looked, that seems to be the right decision.
2011 Week 2 vs OAK (4 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Even though Spiller probably isn't ready to be the workhorse in the Bills offense, he showed that he can be still be an effective weapon with limited touches. Despite finishing the game with just 4 rush attempts and 1 reception, Spiller converted them into 69 yards and looked explosive at times. He did not have any of the negative runs that have plagued him at times and averaged an impressive 15.8 yards per carry. It certainly helped that the offensive line gave him some room to run, but he hit the holes hard and showed off his speed to the outside on a couple occasions. Fred Jackson should remain the featured runner in this offense but Spiller is showing signs of improvement. Spiller also took over punt return duties after Roscoe Parrish left the game with an injury, but picked up just 5 yards on his only return.
2011 Week 3 vs NE (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -7 / 0 rec)
This was a very quiet day for Spiller as he finished with just two touches in the game. He ran the ball one time for 3 yards and caught one pass on his only target for a loss of 7 yards. On the reception, it came on a 3rd and 12 play where Fitzpatrick faked a play to the left and then came back to Spiller on a screen to the right but Patriots LB Gary Guyton read it well and stuck him for a loss.
2011 Week 4 vs CIN (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Spiller was nearly a forgotten man once again but he did make some key plays in this game. At the end of the third quarter, Spiller was split out wide on 3rd down and made a nice catch and run over the middle to pick up the first down. A few plays later, Jackson left the game temporarily with an arm injury and Spiller came in to face a 3rd and 2 from the Bengals 21-yard line. Spiller made a great cut at the line of scrimmage, found a hole, and ran hard up the middle for 9 tough yards. He looked like he might have injured his knee on the play but got up and walked off the field on his own power. The Bills ran some plays with both RBs in the backfield together but need to find a way to get Spiller more than the 4 or 5 touches a game he is getting.
2011 Week 5 vs PHI (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
With Fred Jackson rolling up nearly 200 yards of offense this week, there were once again not many opportunities for Spiller to get involved. He did look on a couple of rush attempts, picking up 13 tough yards on a couple of carries. The main area where Spiller was supposed to make an impact this year, however, was in the passing game and he is not showing much there as of yet. He caught an early screen pass for a 5-yard gain and then took a 2-yard loss on a shovel pass later in the game, but that was it.
2011 Week 6 vs NYG (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Given the loss of players like Donald Jones and Roscoe Parrish and the way Fred Jackson has been playing, the coaching staff decided to use Spiller as a receiver this week. He did not run the ball once in the game but caught all 5 passes thrown to him. Unfortunately, most were of the short variety and he was not able to break a tackle after the catch to break free for any big gains. Spiller also served as the team's primary punt returner but only averaged 5.5 yards on 2 returns.
2011 Week 8 vs WAS (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Spiller once again saw extensive action as a receiver in this game. The Bills occasionally used him on the outside to take advantage of his speed and try to stretch the defense out. It worked on one play when he was able to get past Josh Wilson and draw a 34-yard pass interference penalty. Other than that, however, he caught a couple of short passes but was not able to gain much yardage after contact. With the Bills protecting a big lead late in the game, this looked like a perfect opportunity to get Spiller some work out of the backfield. That job went to Brad Smith though as Spiller did not get a single rushing attempt for the second game in a row. Fred Jackson continues to carry workload and they will need to keep him fresh late in the year.
2011 Week 9 vs NYJ (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The return of Donald Jones at WR looked like it took Spiller out of the game plan this week. He was not used as a receiver like he had been in previous weeks and only saw a couple of carries when Fred Jackson left the game temporarily to deal with an injury. Spiller didn't really have any room to run on his two carries and picked up just 5 yards. The Bills still don't really know what they have in him or whether he'd be able to take over the feature back role if Jackson were to go down for any significant length of time.
2011 Week 10 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Spiller was once again a forgotten man in the Bills offense this week as he finished with just a single carry from scrimmage. He was targeted on a deep pass down the right sideline when the ball seemed to hit his hands in stride but he lost his balance and dropped it. Even with the Bills trailing big late in the game, they continued to give Jackson the ball instead of giving Spiller a chance to show what he could do as a runner.
2011 Week 11 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
With Steve Johnson banged up, Spiller started the game as an outside receiver and caught a pass for 18 yards on the first play of the game. Unfortunately, that was his only highlight on offense in the game as the next three passes thrown his way were either incomplete or led to no gain. Even after Fred Jackson left the game with an injury, the Bills appeared to give rookie Johnny White more of a chance at RB than Spiller. Spiller finished with just 2 yards on 3 carries in the game, including a confrontation with Vontae Davis at the goal line that he should have been able to win for a TD. He did, however, showcase his game breaking ability with a 45-yard punt return at the end of the 3rd quarter.
2011 Week 12 vs NYJ (19 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Fred Jackson was placed on I.R. last week which created an opportunity for Spiller to step into the starting RB job. Although he had not shown much as a runner up to this point, he had a solid debut. Spiller carried the ball a career-high 19 times in the game, although he only averaged 2.9 yards per touch. The Bills offensive line is not what it was earlier this year and he did not always have room to run, but when he did he seemed to hit the hole quickly and generally take the yards that were there. He looks comfortable running inside but shows very little power so he will often go down at first contact. Spiller is most effective working in space so the Bills will likely try to find more ways to get him the ball on the perimeter either on toss plays or screens.
2011 Week 13 vs TEN (14 / 83 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Spiller had a breakout performance in the first half and nearly matched Chris Johnson play for play. He kicked off the scoring for the home team with a 35-yard touchdown run down the left sideline. The play was initially ruled a touchback after the ball was knocked loose and bounced through the back of the end zone, but a successful replay challenge determined he regained possession in time. Spiller followed that up with an even more impressive 41-yard touchdown run on the next drive that was called back due to a very questionable holding call on the fullback. Unfortunately, the Bills offense stalled in the third quarter and they eventually moved Spiller to WR in a 5-WR formation as they tried to mount a comeback attempt late in the game. The coaching staff probably deserves criticism for not giving him the ball more, but it was still a very positive sign for a player who had yet to show the type of running instincts that he displayed here.
2011 Week 14 vs SD (12 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
The Bills fell behind fairly early, so it was difficult to establish much of anything in terms of a rushing attack. He got a handful of carries early on, but there weren't many holes to be found as the Chargers were flocking to the football. When Spiller did get the ball in his hands, he occasionally showed some nice moves bouncing the play both inside and outside. And he had a nice 16-yard run late in the game to put the Bills in the red zone. But it was difficult to get a gauge on how the Bills planned to use him since they were in catch-up mode for most of the afternoon. It is worth noting that Spiller had 15 total offensive touches to Tashard Choice's two.
2011 Week 15 vs MIA (12 / 91 / 1 rush, 12 / 9 / 76 / 1 rec)
Spiller got another start at running back this week and showed flashes of his potential as a game-breaker. Not many players have had success running against the Dolphins defense this year but Spiller gained 64 yards on just 8 carries in the first half. The highlight for him came on the Bills 3rd series of the game when he picked up 18 yards on an outside run to the right and followed it up immediately with a 24-yard run up the middle for a touchdown. Spiller still lacks any real power in his game and tends to bounce plays outside more quickly than he should, but his patience and vision seem to be getting better every week. Unfortunately, the Bills fell behind in the game and abandoned the running game for much of the second half. Spiller made his presence felt in the passing game, however, as he finished as the team's leading receiver with 9 catches (on 11 targets) for 76 yards and another touchdown. His 3-yard touchdown catch came late in the game after he was lined up as a slot receiver in a 5-WR formation and beat his defender cleanly for an easy grab.
2011 Week 16 vs DEN (16 / 111 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
The development of C.J. Spiller as a feature back in the NFL continues. He had another strong game as a starter this week in an easy win over the Broncos. Spiller went over 100 yards on the ground for the first time in his career and averaged 6.9 yards per rush attempt. He once again did most of his damage running outside but looked very explosive and slippery with the ball in his hands. Unfortunately, the Bills decided to spell him with a much less effective Tashard Choice quite often in the game and that kept him from putting up even bigger numbers. The one time the Bills kept Spiller in the game inside the red zone was late in the first half, and Spiller took a handoff out of the shotgun for an untouched 4-yard touchdown run.
2011 Week 17 vs NE (13 / 60 / 0 rush, 8 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)
Spiller did not break off any big runs this week as he had in previous weeks, but he was efficient and averaged 4.6 yards from scrimmage. The Bills came out throwing the ball early on and that left Spiller with only 6 carries (for 22 yards) in the first half. He did manage to score a touchdown in the first quarter, which came on a nice 15-yard catch and run. Overall, it was a solid outing and an impressive finish to the season, suggesting that Spiller will be ready to take on a bigger role next year.
2010 Week 1 vs MIA (7 / 6 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 8 / 0 rec)
Spiller did not get the anticipated start and he had a very ho-hum regular season debut. The #9 overall pick was indecisive at times and met in the backfield on one of his carries. His speed only really came into play on a reception during the no-huddle touchdown drive. He bobbled one reception, keeping him from getting a positive gain and was never really put in a position to succeed. After it looked like he could get his foot in the door due to a Fred Jackson injury, Spiller just stubbed his toe.
2010 Week 2 vs GB (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Spiller didn't see his first carry until the fourth quarter, although he did show more burst and elusiveness on kick returns than he did in week 1. Spiller was also the most heavily used RB as a receiver out of the backfield, but only for modest gains, although he did show patience letting his blockers get out in space ahead of him. Spiller also had a nice blitz pickup when a defender tried to go airborne. His value should rise in weeks that the Bills aren't trying to get someone to give them something of value for their third string RB.
2010 Week 3 vs NE (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 10 / 1 rec)
The rookie showed his worth in this contest and even though the Bills used him sparingly, he made the most of his touches, scoring 2 TD's and making some big plays. His first score came off a 5 yard reception where Spiller lined up as a wide out and beat SS Brandon Meriweather to the corner of the end zone for his first ever NFL touchdown. The second of the game came off an electric 95 yard Kickoff where he broke a busted tackle and took it to the sideline for the score, giving the Bills exactly what they were hoping for when they drafted the young playmaker.
2010 Week 4 vs NYJ (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Behind most of the game, the ground attack was largely ignored and with it, Spiller. The rookie was also a non-factor in the receiving game. He did average 22 yards per kick return, but for the most part the Jets contained the dynamic playmaker.
2010 Week 5 vs JAX (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Spiller was somewhat effective on the ground today, but Jackson is the main ball carrier and his production will further suffer when Buffalo are trailing in the game. He displayed his pure speed and acceleration on a 19 yard run he bounced to the outside. His tendency to bounce everything won't work all the time, though he did display a decent effort at times between the tackles. He did not have enough of a workload to really say anything definite about him from this game however.
2010 Week 7 vs BAL (7 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Spiller is a specialty back that will always be hampered by his liability in pass protection to get and stay on the field. He had a low workload in this game despite Buffalo's lead at times and was not a factor in the passing game. He is a very instinctive runner and has a great change of direction that can leave defenders tackling air. Spiller lacks an inside rushing threat however, and does not break many tackles and is easily taken to the ground if he cannot make the defender miss. His quick cutting style suits outside runs, but he has a tendency to bounce plays outside that should stay inside and where there are extra yards to be gained if he lowered his shoulder.
2010 Week 8 vs KC (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Spiller continues to be used sparingly. Another fumble may have ended his chances with this conservative coaching staff. In the first half, Spiller had a very nice-looking 9 yard run, where he showed speed and elusiveness, but he coughed it up and turned the ball over. After that, he didn't get many carries, as the Bills stuck with Fred Jackson. Though Spiller was used as a WR a number of times, he has to produce when he's on the field, or he will continue to be used as a backup, despite his potential.
2010 Week 9 vs CHI (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Spiller only received seven carries throughout the day with one reception for 5 yards. With Fitzpatrick being given an average of 47.3 attempts per in the last three games and his improbable success, it doesn't appear as if the Bills coaching staff is as motivated to establish a running game any time soon as they may have been earlier in the season. With even touchdowns out of the question (save for long-broken run TD's) thanks to Fred Jackson's role as the team's goal-line back, unless something radical occurs the course of the rest of the next few weeks, Spiller's value presently exists only in deep, return yardage leagues and as a potential keeper heading into next season.
2010 Week 10 vs DET (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Spiller broke a tackle in the backfield and created the kind of electrifying play we expected to see as a matter or routine from the top 10 pick, but soon after he hurt his hamstring bad enough to leave the game and be declared out indefinitely. It's time to drop the disappointing back.
2010 Week 13 vs MIN (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
C.J. Spiller returned to action but made very little impact like Jackson. Spiller did have a couple of nice runs however, and looked like he had a better chance of breaking a big play than Jackson when given a seam. His best run was on a draw play as he took a step to the right to fool the defense, then cut it backside around left tackle for a nice 20 yard gain.
2010 Week 14 vs CLE (8 / 33 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Buffalo continues to give Spiller increased opportunities, as they await some evidence of his explosive ability. He did a solid job, getting 4 yards per carry, but wasn't able to break any long gainers. However, if the Bills want him to break out, they need to feed him more often. It looks though, as if Buffalo is going to feed Fred Jackson at the tail end of this season, and essentially "redshirt" Spiller this season, as he just hasn't gotten the opportunities this year to show what he can do.
2010 Week 15 vs MIA (9 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
He needs to learn to hit the hole even if it is closing. Spiller is not able to stick his head in and take 2-3 yards if that is all there is. Perhaps Spiller is not being utilized the right way in Buffalo but if that is the case then we are looking at a guy that can only play 3rd down in the NFL similar to Sproles. That would be a major disappointment for Spiller owners in dynasty and the Buffalo Bills organization which drafted him with the 9th overall pick this past season.
2010 Week 16 vs NE (6 / 30 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)
He had some incredible plays especially out of the backfield on a couple receptions but he continues to shoot himself and his dynasty owners in the foot by turning the ball over. He fumbled twice in this game and that will not help him gain more touches on Sundays. I'm trying to think of a rookie I have been more disappointed in and Spiller comes close at the RB spot over the last 4-5 years. Hopefully next year he can grow but he must cut down on the mental errors and fumbles if he is going to make an impact in the NFL. He certainly has some speed and cutback ability.
2010 Week 17 vs NYJ (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Spiller saw few touches, in part because Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey wanted Fred jackson to hit the 1,000 yard mark. That didn't happen and once the Bills fell too far behind, Spiller was relegated to special teams work.