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28 C.J. Spiller RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 8/5/1987 | Birthplace: Lake Butler, FL, USA | Team: Buffalo | College: Clemson | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/71 | Average Draft Position: 48.99
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C.J. Spiller scores on special teams in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller was able to contribute in many different ways in Week 2, a 29-10 win over the Dolphins.

Spiller split the workload fairly evenly with Fred Jackson, as both players had 12 carries in the game, however Spiller was much more effective. He rushed for 69 yards, 47 of which came on one rush. He also had one reception for 9 yards, and added a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown in the third quarter, his first since he was a rookie.

The Bills seem likely to continue to split playing time in the backfield, but Spiller has been productive anyways. He has 122 rushing yards and 20 receiving yard through the first two games, with the Bills set to take on the Chargers in Week 3. 


No contract terms exchanged between C.J. Spiller, Bills


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) A source told ESPN the meeting between running back C.J. Spiller's reps and Bills general manager Doug Whaley were "introductory and preliminary in nature. No numbers were discussed. No proposals were exchanged." 

However, there is hope terms for an extension will be agreed upon before the end of the league year.


Bills talking with C.J. Spiller's reps about long-term deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Bills general manager Doug Whaley said during a radio interview Tuesday morning with WGR he has sat down with the reps for running back C.J. Spiller, and indicated Buffalo is interested in signing Spiller to a long-term contract.

"He's a playmaker, and we're trying to keep as many playmakers as possible," Whaley said.


C.J. Spiller struggles on ground, catches TD in Week 1 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller rushed for just 53 yards on 15 carries Sunday but added three receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown in his team's 23-20 overtime win over the Bears in Week 1.

Spiller received a majority of the team's RB carries but finished third in rushing behind Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon. He did manage to gain 14 of his yards in overtime during the team's game-winning drive. The touchdown came on a misdirection play by the Bills, leaving the running back with an easy catch before waltzing into the end zone on the right side.

Spiller doesn't figure to get many goal-line looks in the Buffalo offense, so any scoring he can do on receptions will help boost his overall value. He's set to face the Dolphins at home in Week 2 after Miami suffered a rash of injuries at the linebacker position Sunday.


Bills offensive line to play first game together Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) The Bills starting offensive line will see its first playing time together in a game Sunday against the Bears, with Cordy Glenn, Chris Williams, Eric Wood, Erik Pears and Seantrel Henderson lining up left to right, the Buffalo News reports.

The Bills are walking into a hostile environment in Chicago, and the fact that the starting five on the offensive line didn't see any time together could make things difficult on running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson if the linemen suffer a communications breakdown. It also bodes well for the Chicago defense, providing an increased opportunity that a pass rusher breaks through unblocked on a missed assignment.


C.J. Spiller hoping to establish himself as primary back in 2014


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller hopes to establish himself as the primary offensive back this year after an injury-plagued 2013 season. Spiller suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 4 against Baltimore last season, and told the Democrat and Chronicle he was never himself after the injury.

"When you go into a game not knowing if you can play 10 snaps, 20 snaps, it's frustrating, and you wonder as you go through the game, 'Is this the play where I'm going to feel the pain in the ankle?'" Spiller said. "Just because of the style I play with the cutting and the exploding off it, that's what hampered everything. If I was more of a power back, like Marshawn (Lynch), then it wouldn't have been too much of a factor. But when I'm cutting, it definitely hinders you when you only have one leg to do it on."

As a result, Spiller ran for 927 yards and two touchdowns last season. He has been fully healthy since the start of training camp and is ready for his Week 1 matchup against Chicago.


C.J. Spiller not worried about durability issues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller said he is not concerned about durability issues now that he has been named the team's primary kick returner, according to the team's official website.

"Not at all," he said. "I do a great job of taking care of my body, getting in the cold tub and getting massages. I’m not really worried about wear and tear at all. I’m young. I’ve got a long while before I’ll have wear and tear."


C.J. Spiller could ride big plays to productive Week 1


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller has feasted on big plays ever since emerging as a Fantasy weapon. In 2012, he was third in the league in breakaway percentage, a statistic tracked by Pro Football Focus that determines how much of a player's rushing yardage total is accrued on plays of at least 15 yards. Spiller topped the league in the category last season. Clearly, if he can find a seam, he has the ability to wrea havoc on a defense.

Spiller will be squaring off with the Bears on Sunday. Last season, the Bears turned in by far the worst run defense performance in the league. They surrendered 2,583 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per rush, both marks placing them last in the league. They overhauled the defensive line in the offseason as a result, drafting two rotational defensive tackles and signing three defensive ends.

But if those players can't keep Spiller bottled up at the line all game, he's a threat to break a long touchdown or two. While the Bears run defense was obviously porous as a unit, the back seven was particularly offensive, ranking last in Football Outsiders' second-level yardage and open-field yardage statistics. The Bears didn't do much to upgrade those two levels of the defense either, meaning plenty of broken tackles and long gains are there for the taking if Spiller can find a little daylight. He's a trustworthy RB2 in Week 1 and a must-use in any Flex conversations.


C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson share workload again in dress rehearsal game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) As expected, Bills running back C.J. Spiller shared reps with Fred Jackson again Saturday afternoon against Tampa Bay.

Both players had productive games. Spiller got the start and took nine handoffs for 36 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per attempt. He caught all three of his targets for 23 yards.

It took until the final drive of the afternoon with the first unit for Jackson to find the end zone. He broke free for an 8-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He finished with five carries for 15 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted seven times and had four receptions for 23 yards.

Fred Jackson gets the start, outperforms C.J. Spiller Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller shared first-team reps with Fred Jackson Saturday night against the Steelers in preseason action.

Spiller returned the opening kickoff and took a backseat to Jackson on offense. Both running backs played the entire first half.

Jackson earned the start and was heavily involved on both facets of the offense. He took six handoffs for 27 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He caught all of his seven targets for 28 yards. Spiller had six carries for 16 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. He was not targeted by EJ Manuel in the passing game.

Bills have 'not been contacted by any team' about C.J. Spiller


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Bills general manager Doug Whaley said he has not had any discussions about trading running back C.J. Spiller, according to CBSSports.com NFL Writer Will Brinson.

"We have not been contacted by any team about C.J. Spiller. These rumors are news to me," Whaley said. "It's exciting I guess to you guys because it gives you something to fill the newspaper with. Again, no one, I'll tell you guys and you know I'm a straight shooter. We have not been contacted by any teams.

"I can probably see where people see our depth at running back and try to connect the dots with teams that don't have depth, but, again, nobody has contacted us."


Bryce Brown the odd man out?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said he prefers to use two running backs, not three. That's presumably bad news for newly-acquired Bryce Brown, who's behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

"I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game," Marrone told ESPN.com. "I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there."


C.J. Spiller gets one touch in Hall of Fame Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller had an uneventful start to exhibition play on Sunday against the Giants. Spiller took the opening handoff for a gain of two yards during the first series on offense. It was his only touch of the night, as the first-team offense was pulled after two series.

Spiller will look for more touches during the team's second preseason game, Friday night at Carolina.

Doug Marrone: C.J. Spiller 'looks more explosive' this year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said running back C.J. Spiller "looks more explosive than he did during the season last year." Spiller was bothered by a high ankle sprain much of last season, when he ran for 927 yards and two touchdowns.

Bills' OC: C.J. Spiller needs the ball more


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said running back C.J. Spiller needs more touches. The comment came in response to a question about Spiller's yards per catch declining from 10.7 in 2012 to 5.6 last year.

"We just have to give him the ball more," Hackett said. "When you look at any situation when you have a player like C.J., you want to get him out there a whole bunch. You want to throw him the ball, you want to hand him the ball off and that’s one thing that we have to do. He’s a great player and we have to feature him just like we have to feature a lot of guys.

"It’s about getting more plays, getting more opportunities to get him out there, keeping the quarterback in there consistent and making sure we have a guy in there that knows what we want to do and keep him in there. We want to be able to distribute the ball across the field."


La Canfora: C.J. Spiller could be dealt from Buffalo


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/26/2014) CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported from Buffalo that in the event another team comes calling for a running back, the Bills would consider moving C.J. Spiller in a deal. The speedster is in the final year of his contract and talks about an extension have not gone well. 

"I anticipate Fred Jackson being a Bill for life, and he could end up with a few new years on his deal, and the speed of Bryce Brown is impressive. Anthony Dixon supplies depth," La Canfora wrote. "A trade market for Spiller could well develop over the next month."


Bills hope to give C.J. Spiller 20 touches per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) The Bills' official website says C.J. Spiller remains the "bell cow" among the top four running backs and notes Spiller "is healthy again and back to his elusive and explosive self." If the offense operates at peak efficiency, Spiller is likely to receive 20 touches per game, the website says.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said the presence of Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon enables the team to move Spiller around and use him as a receiver.

"You could put him all over the place," Hackett said. "When you’re healthy and you have depth at that position, you have the ability to do a lot of different things with running backs, especially with someone as dynamic as C.J."


C.J. Spiller back to 'cutting on a dime'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Running back C.J. Spiller was one of the Bills' most impressive performers at OTAs, according to the team's website. "Seeing Spiller fully healthy would’ve been enough for most, but just to see the dynamic weapon that he is coming out of the backfield and in space is still fun to watch even now in his fifth NFL season," the report said.

"Bobbing and weaving through would-be tacklers and back to cutting on a dime, the offensive coaches seem eager to expand the ways in which he’ll be used on the field this fall."

Spiller's ankle hampered him throughout the 2013 season, though he missed just one game.


Report: Bills won't extend C.J. Spiller until after the year


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/13/2014) The Bills' official team website believes that both the organization and running back C.J. Spiller want to let the 2014 season play out before negotiating a contract extension. Spiller is entering the last year of his contract and wants to stay with the team for the long haul but the coaching staff could be on the hot seat if they don't push for the playoffs this year. 

The site is also encouraged by offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's plans to use Spiller in a number of ways. 


C.J. Spiller declares himself healthy


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller said Friday that he feels great and doesn't feel anything stemming from the ankle problems he had last season. Per the official team website, he had no hitch in his running when he practiced during recent OTAs. 

"This is the best I've felt since 2012 when I had that great year," Spiller said. "The ankle feels wonderful. I just have to keep doing what I need to do to stay healthy this whole season and try to go out there and make plays."

A report earlier this week suggested Spiller's role will be more defined and expanded in 2014. After averaging 6.0 yards per carry and 10.7 yards per catch in 2012, he had 4.6 yards per carry and 5.6 yards per catch last season with just two total touchdowns. 


C.J. Spiller should be better this year


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/27/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller could be in line for an "expanded role" this season, reports the radio station WGR 550 AM in Buffalo.

The report says the Bills didn't use Spiller in the right way in 2013, but his role will be more defined and bigger. He won't be used as a workhorse back with Fred Jackson and Bryce Brown on the roster, but he should be in line for "a bigger output from both a snap count and yardage perspective in 2014."

Spiller should be healthy, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett understands where he works best and Spiller is motivated not only by doubters, but by an expiring contract at the end of the year.


Early projections for the Bills RBs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/6/2014) I spent a little time Monday digging into the Bills running backs and what should be expected from them in 2014. Maybe it's just the upside of C.J. Spiller that has me pumped, or maybe it's the obvious red flags parading around Fred Jackson, but I have the younger, faster running back outperforming the old owl who scored 10 touchdowns last season. 

You can read about it here. One of my favorite nuggets from research: Only two of C.J. Spiller's 12 career rushing touchdowns came from 5 yards or closer. By comparison, seven on nine touchdowns by Fred Jackson last year alone came from 5 yards or closer. It's the roles these guys have that should keep stat trends like that going, and keeping Jackson relevant in Fantasy after all. 


C.J. Spiller jokes he's at '28 percent'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller told the media Tuesday that he feels "28 percent" following the nagging injuries he had last season. What Spiller meant is that he's feeling good and ready for the offseason workouts, saying all of the injury is "all behind me."

"I feel good. Did a lot of things in this offseason to try to see where I was at and it responded well," Spiller said. "I will continue to do what I need to do to make sure I'm ready to go come September, but for the most part I feel pretty good. ...  I'm ready to get back on the field and really start playing again."

Spiller said he's not concerned about his contract status and is more focused on being ready for camp. Spiller is entering a contract year in 2014. 


Bills dedicated to C.J. Spiller, rejected trade overtures from Philly


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/14/2014) The Eagles traded for Darren Sproles earlier this offseason but inquired about another running back before then. Bills rusher C.J. Spiller was also a target of the Eagles, but the Bills shut down any trade talks before they got serious, Comcast Sportsnet reported. 

C.J. Spiller's ankle 'responding pretty well'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Bills running back C.J. Spiller told WGR Sportsradio 550 that the ankle that bothered him throughout the 2013 season is coming along nicely.

“The ankle has been responding pretty well since the offseason started, being able to plant and cut, so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012,” said Spiller, who's working out in California with quarterback EJ Manuel.