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C.J. Spiller | Running Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
College: Clemson
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C.J. Spiller rushed 15 times for 60 yards in Sunday's Week 4 loss to Houston.
He added three catches for 24 yards. The Bills used Spiller between the tackles, and not on outside runs or in the screen game. He's been less effective than Fred Jackson this season, but continues to get the majority of early-down work. Outside of a 47-yard run against Miami in Week 2, Spiller is averaging 3.1 yards per carry. He could see his role reduced going forward, and will continue to lose red-zone work to Jackson. Spiller will be a boom-or-bust RB2 for his upcoming matchup with the Lions. Sep 28 - 5:40 PM

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C.J. Spiller (chest) is probable for Week 4.

Spiller suffered a mid-week chest injury, but it was never a major concern. Rotoworld ranks Spiller as the No. 20 overall running back, behind Fred Jackson.
Sep 26 - 6:43 PM

C.J. Spiller was added to the Bills' injury report with a chest issue on Thursday, but practiced in full.

Mid-week adds to the injury report are never good news, but it's encouraging that Spiller was "full" instead of "limited." His Week 4 status does not appear to be in any doubt. Spiller will be a low-end, boom-or-bust RB2 against the Texans.
Sep 25 - 2:29 PM

C.J. Spiller rushed 10 times for 25 yards and caught 3 passes for 37 yards against the Chargers.

Spiller had a long-run called back early in the game, but struggled to find running room all day. The Bills insist on using Spiller as a between-the-tackles runner instead of getting him involved in space. As long as that continues, Spiller will remain nothing more than a high-upside RB2/FLEX.
Sep 21 - 5:05 PM

C.J. Spiller scored on a 102-yard kick return in Sunday's Week 2 win over Miami.

Spiller didn't play on Buffalo's first drive, with Fred Jackson getting the start this week. They both finished with 12 carries. Spiller rushed for 69 yards, adding one catch for nine yards on his lone target. He was held in check by Miami's run defense outside of a 47-yard run. Spiller's pass-game usage continues to be mismanaged. The Bills refuse to use Spiller on screens, where he's a threat to make plays in space. Spiller has touchdowns in two straight games and will remain an RB2 for Week 3 against the Chargers.
Sep 14 - 5:11 PM

GM Doug Whaley confirmed the Bills have opened preliminary talks with C.J. Spiller's agent on a new contract.

We'd be surprised if the two sides got a deal done. The Bills have chosen to use Fred Jackson in high-leverage situations, traded for Bryce Brown and put Spiller on kickoff returns. As a freak talent bungled by the Doug Marrone regime, Spiller should not be desperate to re-sign before his rookie contract expires at the end of this season.
Sep 9 - 8:44 AM

C.J. Spiller rushed 15 times for 53 yards in Buffalo's Week 1 win over Chicago, adding three catches for 11 yards and a touchdown.

Spiller was the clear-cut starter over Fred Jackson. He also played more snaps, but was less effective despite his 15 carries. Spiller's touchdown came on a play-action screen in the second quarter. The Bills tried using him inside and between-the-tackles, which led to his 3.5 yards-per-carry. They also continued to overlook him in the short-pass game, where he finished with only three targets. Still, the workload for Spiller was encouraging this week. Spiller is an RB2 for next week's matchup with Miami.
Sep 7 - 5:10 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes Doug Marrone's comments about getting C.J. Spiller "touches" as opposed to "carries" could be an indication that the offense won't be running through Spiller as much as originally anticipated.

Spiller is the Bills' starter, but Buscaglia wouldn't be surprised if Fred Jackson leads the team in carries again this year. Jackson is going to handle all red-zone and inside work, leaving the majority of Spiller's touches to come on outside runs and in the receiving game. It's why Rotoworld has been pounding the table for Jackson over the last month. Spiller is a high-volume change-of-pace, but his lack of scoring upside makes him a boom-or-bust RB2.
Sep 6 - 6:16 PM

The Associated Press reports the Bills have opened contract talks with C.J. Spiller and formal negotiations could begin later this season.

Spiller hasn't had an agent since 2011, but finally signed with A3 Athletics last week. His long-term future with Buffalo is in question entering a contract year. The Bills traded for Bryce Brown this offseason and extended Fred Jackson in training camp. 27-year-old Spiller is looking to reestablish his value after playing through a high-ankle sprain last season. Considering the market value for running backs, re-signing Spiller is going to cost less guaranteed money than people think. Spiller is making $1.75 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Sep 6 - 2:39 PM

C.J. Spiller will be the Bills' No. 1 kickoff returner this season.

Spiller hasn't returned a kick since 2011. It's the right move for the Bills, as they'll at least give one of the NFL's most explosive players a chance to flash his open-field ability. But it's bad news for fantasy owners, as feature running backs don't return kicks. This only confirms what we've been harping on all preseason: Fred Jackson has a major role as a committee partner, third-down, and goal-line back under this Doug Marrone regime. Spiller is a two-down change-of-pace player between the 20s that projects for 13-16 touches per game.
Sep 4 - 8:51 AM

C.J. Spiller had nine carries for 36 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

He added three catches for 23 yards. Spiller received more touches than Fred Jackson and played into the third quarter. His usage was more encouraging this week, as the Bills were able to get him in space and involved out of the backfield. Spiller has averaged 4.0 yards per carry through four preseason games, but has yet to score a touchdown.
Aug 23 - 7:57 PM

C.J. Spiller received zero third-down or red-zone touches again in Saturday night's preseason game against the Steelers.

E.J. Manuel and the first-team offense played 47 snaps in the game. Starter Fred Jackson handled 26 snaps, Spiller got 12 and Anthony Dixon mixed in late in the second quarter for nine. The amount of snaps isn't as concerning as the way this Doug Marrone regime continues to waste Spiller's unique talent. He's just an early-down change-of-pace back that is being asked to run between the tackles. Spiller's late-third round ADP is too rich considering this usage.
Aug 17 - 9:20 PM

C.J. Spiller had six carries for 16 yards in Buffalo's third preseason game Saturday night.

Spiller and Fred Jackson worked with the first team, with Anthony Dixon getting some looks on third downs. The Bills struggled to establish their running game against the Steelers, and both Spiller and Jackson were held in check. Buffalo still doesn't seem to be using Spiller correctly, often failing to get him touches in space. Spiller has 10 carries for 40 yards and no touchdowns through three preseason games.
Aug 16 - 9:41 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on SportsCenter Thursday that the Bills "have no immediate plans right now" to trade C.J. Spiller.

Schefter believes teams have approached Buffalo about Spiller's availability, but the plan for now is to let Spiller finish his rookie contract with the Bills. Still, there's been enough smoke here to make us think a Spiller trade is at least possible before October's deadline, especially if the Bills suddenly feel the urge to get preseason star Bryce Brown more carries.
Aug 14 - 12:30 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he has "not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller," and "these rumors are news to me."

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora suggested last month that the Bills could trade Spiller. Even if Whaley was getting calls about Spiller, he's not going to make them public, so these comments aren't shocking. The Bills have some of the best backfield depth in the league, but Spiller is the most established playmaker of the bunch and brings a different dimension to the offense than the others.
Aug 13 - 7:45 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Kyle Orton
2E.J. Manuel
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Anthony Dixon
4Bryce Brown
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Anthony Dixon
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3Marcus Easley
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Chris Gragg
3Lee Smith
K1Dan Carpenter