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C.J. Spiller | Running Back

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
College: Clemson
Contract: view contract details

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The Bills' first training camp depth chart listed C.J. Spiller as the starting tailback over Fred Jackson.
Spiller did make ten "starts" to F-Jax's six last season, although Jackson finished with 253 touches compared to an injured Spiller's 235. Look for the pendulum to swing back toward a now-healthy Spiller in 2014. Jackson is still likely to open the season as a usable RB2/flex for as long as he stays upright. Spiller will be a high-ceiling, if volatile RB2 with weekly RB1 scoring upside. Jul 29 - 10:27 AM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora suggests the Bills could trade C.J. Spiller before the season.

It's hard to imagine because Spiller is Buffalo's best playmaker on a team very much in win-now mode. La Canfora's story also doesn't cite sources, hinting it's mere speculation. It's interesting nonetheless. Spiller is entering the final year of his contract. The Bills have expressed interest in signing him long term, but Spiller currently has no agent. "A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month," La Canfora wrote of Spiller, who was not drafted by current Bills GM Doug Whaley. The Bills have Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon behind Spiller.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 27 - 1:31 PM

According to the Bills' official website, C.J. Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times per game "if the offense is operating at peak efficiency."

The site calls Spiller the "bell cow" in a quartet also involving Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. It's an optimistic projection, and one hard to take too seriously after the Bills claimed Spiller would be fed "till he pukes" last season. He ended up averaging just 15.6 touches per game, playing through a sprained ankle and being used between the tackles far too often. A healthy Spiller is exciting and he'll bring plenty of upside, but it's unlikely the coaches see him as a workhorse. We're thinking something around 15-18 touches per game.
Jul 14 - 11:00 AM

C.J. Spiller is expected to compete to be the Bills' kick returner this season.

Spiller hasn't returned a kick since 2011, and hasn't done it regularly since his 2010 rookie season when he averaged 23.0 yards on 44 returns with one TD. With the Bills adding Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, they may utilize Spiller's game-breaking ability more on special teams. Marquise Goodwin, T.J. Graham, Sammy Watkins, and Leodis McKelvin are also in the mix for return duties.
Jul 1 - 1:59 PM

The offensive coaches "seem eager" to expand the way in which C.J. Spiller will be used this season.

The Bills tried slamming Spiller between the tackles far too often last season, failing to utilize his unique open-field ability. Expanding his usage creatively to include more screens, draws and pitches will go a long way toward a rebound season. So will a completely healed ankle. The Bills' official site named Spiller one of the team's top OTA performers, noting he was fully healthy while "bobbing and weaving through would-be tacklers" and is "back to cutting on a dime."
Jun 16 - 8:10 AM's Chris Brown expects the team to "let the season play out" before entertaining an extension for C.J. Spiller.

Spiller is signed for $1,748,750 in 2014, and holds a $2,196,663 player option for 2015. After an injury-marred 2013, it's in Spiller's best interest to bet on himself this year, rather than sign a below-market deal. Adds Brown, "I am encouraged that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will diversify the ways in which he uses Spiller in the scope of the offense (this season)."
Jun 13 - 2:07 PM

C.J. Spiller declared himself fully recovered from last year's high ankle sprain at Bills OTAs.

"I don’t feel nothing, I feel great," Spiller said. "This is the best I’ve felt since 2012 when I had that great year. The ankle feels wonderful." Spiller turns 27 before the season, and is eligible for free agency in 2015. The Bills seem to have scrapped the idea of utilizing Spiller as a bellcow, but he should still see 14-17 touches per game while being spelled by Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown.
May 30 - 1:25 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo expects a "more defined and bigger role" for C.J. Spiller in 2014.

Spiller played 394 snaps in 2013, often at far less than 100 percent. Reporter Joe Buscaglia acknowledges that the Bills have likely given up on the idea of Spiller as a workhorse, but that OC Nathaniel Hackett now "understands where (Spiller) works best." For all the handwringing, Spiller still averaged 4.6 yards on his 202 carries last season, and caught 33 passes. He's a boom-or-bust RB2.
May 26 - 2:18 PM

The Bills tried to trade up in the second round to select Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde.

The Bills couldn't make a deal work before the 49ers took Hyde at No. 57 overall, so they settled for a Bryce Brown trade. Regardless, their dogged pursuit of running back help doesn't instill much long-term confidence in C.J. Spiller, who can opt out of his rookie contract after this season. They've likely settled on Spiller as a complementary piece, scrapping the notion of using him as a true feature back. Fred Jackson is 33 years old and in the final year of his deal as well.
May 14 - 10:01 AM

C.J. Spiller said there's no timetable for when he expects to begin extension talks.

Spiller is still in the process of hiring an agent, but contract talks between him and the Bills could heat up later this month. GM Doug Whaley said at his pre-draft press conference that Spiller and Marcell Dareus could both be signed to new deals prior to training camp. Spiller is scheduled to make $3.5 million in 2014 and can opt-out of his rookie contract after this season.
May 3 - 8:37 PM

The Bills are considering a contract extension for C.J. Spiller.

Spiller has two years remaining on his contract, but can opt-out after this year. The Bills have expressed interest in getting a long-term deal done prior to training camp. It's possible Spiller's injury history could complicate talks, though Buffalo has $13.5 million in cap space to work with. Spiller is set to make $3.5 million in 2014.
Apr 26 - 2:54 PM

Sources tell CSN Philly that the Eagles tried to trade for C.J. Spiller before dealing for Darren Sproles.

The Bills said they weren't interested in moving Spiller, so the Eagles never even made an offer. Chip Kelly then settled for Sproles, a player four years older and far inferior in the run game. It's another sign that the Eagles knew they'd be moving on from DeSean Jackson well before March 28, and also an indication that the Bills remain committed to Spiller despite last year's injury-marred disaster. Now that Buffalo has retained the explosive 26-year-old, hopefully Doug Marrone will utilize Spiller correctly with more touches in space, less banging between the tackles, and better injury management.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 14 - 12:49 PM

C.J. Spiller said his ankle has been "responding pretty well" since the season ended.

"Been able to plant and cut, so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012," he said. Spiller is training in California with E.J. Manuel. The two are getting "some timing down." Spiller sounds as if he's still not 100 percent, but should be there long before training camp. The Bills need to get more creative with Spiller in 2014. If they could keep him fresh on 12-15 touches a game, Spiller will be a huge bounce-back candidate.
Mar 26 - 2:51 PM

Former NFL scout Matt Williamson doesn't believe C.J. Spiller was ever truly healthy during the 2013 season.

Spiller admitted to never getting over his Week 4 high ankle sprain. "He rarely looked like himself, and I don't think he's all of the sudden forgotten how to be fast, explosive, and I think he's entering the prime of his career and just never looked super healthy to me," Williamson said. He went on to say that he sees Spiller as more of a Darren Sproles or Percy Harvin kind of player than a true feature back that pounds the ball up the middle. The Bills should be looking for ways to creatively get Spiller the ball in space in 2014. If that happens 10-15 times a game, he'll be a huge bounce-back candidate.
Jan 30 - 11:26 AM

C.J. Spiller blamed his Week 4 high-ankle sprain for his disappointing season.

Heading into the season, the new Bills regime talked up an offense built around the sizable talents of Spiller. But thanks to the sprain and the surprisingly strong play of Fred Jackson, Spiller ended up with just 201 carries for 927 yards and two touchdowns. Expect a recommitment to the explosive back in 2014 as he regains health and Jackson enters his age-33 season. "I don't have any concerns or any doubts what my role will be," said Spiller when asked about 2014. "I think we just had an obstacle in the road when I got injured in Week 4. It kind of hindered some of the things that we were able to do with me."
Jan 1 - 10:26 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Thad Lewis
3Jeff Tuel
4Dennis Dixon
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
5Ronnie Wingo
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
2Evan Rodriguez
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
4Chris Summers
5Naaman Roosevelt
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
5Kevin Elliott
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Tony Moeaki
3Lee Smith
4Chris Gragg
5Dominique Jones
K1Dan Carpenter
2Dustin Hopkins