I’m always skeptical about news that comes out of various NFL camps at this time of the year. Last week, Buffalo Bills rookie offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett told reporters that the Buffalo Bills will feed the ball to RB C.J. Spiller until “he either taps out or throws up.” Interesting.
After watching the Bills first preseason game this afternoon, there is little doubt that Spiller is going to be the focal point of the offense. The Clemson grad carried the ball in four of the first five snaps for the Bills. Spiller ripped off two very nice carries at the start of the game when the Bills were pinned back inside their own three yard line. After two quick carries, the Bills were at their own 36-yard line.
It was obvious that the Bills are going to be running a quick, hurry-up offense and they appeared much faster than the offense the Philadelphia Eagles ran over the last week under the leadership of former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Spiller is going to be the focal point.
The first two possessions was all I needed to see. Spiller is in line for a monster year and he seems to be in mid-season form.
Given the conservative play calling by the Bills with the amount of calls which put the ball in the hands of running backs this afternoon, I believe Spiller might actually touch the ball 25 times a game, an anomaly on many teams in the NFL these days. His value is rising on my draft boards.
Spiller’s back-up is 32-year old veteran Fred Jackson. Jackson looked old and slow when he entered the game after a few series. Journeyman Tashard Choice might see some action for the Bills this season, but it seems clear after only one game, CJ Spiller is going to be the focal point of this offense this season and with his skill set, will reap rewards for fantasy football owners.