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C.J. Spiller is now a wide receiver

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The Bills haven’t been able to get the ball to 2010 No. 9 overall pick C.J. Spiller much this season.  That hasn’t exactly been a problem, with Fred Jackson leading the league in yards from scrimmage.

With Buffalo’s wideout group thin after injuries, head coach Chan Gailey found another way to get Spiller the ball. He started Spiller at wide receiver.

Spiller stayed on the field quite a bit in Buffalo’s spread offense, catching five passes for 39 yards. He didn’t have a carry.

“He did a good job,” Gailey said via the team’s website. “He did a very good job. I can see that being his role here for a short term.”

While Spiller didn’t break any big plays, we were impressed by how natural he looked. He only started practicing at wide receiver last week.  Perhaps he can be the the next Bobby Moore Ahmad Rashad.

Gailey relies on overwhelming defenses with receiving options, and Spiller adds another quality pair of hands to the mix.

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35 Responses to “C.J. Spiller is now a wide receiver”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 17, 2011 5:59 PM

    Reggie Bush 2.0

  2. twardyyy says: Oct 17, 2011 6:07 PM

    If Freddie Jackson continues to play the way he has all season, Spiller will eventually be dealt. He just hasn’t lived up to the hype of being a top 10 selection. If he went to the right system, he could flourish but I don’t think he’ll do that in Buffalo.

  3. iflounder says: Oct 17, 2011 6:08 PM

    that’s what happens when you have three receivers out, and the guy in front of you is having an all pro year.

  4. My Last Victim Escaped says: Oct 17, 2011 6:13 PM

    Im sure the Bills would love a redo. Why draft Spiller when you had a capable Fred Jackson? Lesson learned… dont draft RBs from Clemson.

  5. jbl429 says: Oct 17, 2011 6:16 PM

    I thought it was a smart move yesterday. The Giants kept matching up Rolle against CJ, and Rolle just didn’t have the speed to keep up. CJ ran some nice routes and looked pretty fluid out there. I was a bit surprised the Bills didn’t try a screen pass with him out there, he really could have caused trouble for the Giants defense.

  6. trbowman says: Oct 17, 2011 6:26 PM

    “Lesson learned… dont draft RBs from Clemson.”

    Lesson learned….don’t draft RBs high, period. Dime a dozen.

  7. colonel4ngus says: Oct 17, 2011 6:26 PM

    fact check: matt forte leads the nfl in yards from scrimmage.

  8. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 17, 2011 6:32 PM

    My Last Victim Escaped says:
    Oct 17, 2011 6:13 PM
    Im sure the Bills would love a redo. Why draft Spiller when you had a capable Fred Jackson? Lesson learned… dont draft RBs from Clemson.
    —————————————————————————

    No, you draft running backs from Clemson, Miami, USC or wherever. Just don’t waste a top 10 on one. It’s becoming a position where you can get the same production from a late round draft pick or undrafted free agent. Just today’s NFL.

     

  9. ken0west says: Oct 17, 2011 6:55 PM

    Dont hire a 90 year old GM. I know the Bills are all cute this year, but its a house of cards. I have seen this with my beloved Phins, grandpa did ok one year and then it came crashing down.

  10. earthtopft says: Oct 17, 2011 7:08 PM

    C.J. averaged just under 8 yards per touch. Which would have been fine if he was running the ball instead of catching it.

  11. ppdoc13 says: Oct 17, 2011 7:09 PM

    Best you can do at this point is hope he turns in to Lenny Moore. He was probably the best combo flanker/RB in the history of the game.

  12. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 17, 2011 7:09 PM

    Well, as you can tell, none of you have actually watched CJ this year. He has come a long way from last year, he is a much better back this year than last, he jist isn’t getting toches with Freddie having an all pro year. He needed a full offseason, and didn’t get it. He will not be dealt, and will be what Bush never was, an everydown back. It also doesn’t help thia is a pass oriented offense that doesn’t feature a back with 30 plus carries.

  13. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 17, 2011 7:18 PM

    Let him fill in till T.O is back!

  14. rushmatic says: Oct 17, 2011 7:29 PM

    nationalmediacansuckit says:
    Oct 17, 2011 6:32 PM
    My Last Victim Escaped says:
    Oct 17, 2011 6:13 PM
    Im sure the Bills would love a redo. Why draft Spiller when you had a capable Fred Jackson? Lesson learned… dont draft RBs from Clemson.
    —————————————————————————

    No, you draft running backs from Clemson, Miami, USC or wherever. Just don’t waste a top 10 on one. It’s becoming a position where you can get the same production from a late round draft pick or undrafted free agent. Just today’s NFL.

    ________________________

    Too true. Just ask Benjarvus Green-Ellis or LeGarrette Blount.

  15. osnap305 says: Oct 17, 2011 7:34 PM

    How about you don’t draft a RB when you had Lynch and a resigned Fred Jackson to begin with. It was nowhere near a position of need and they wasted the pick and Spiller’s career with it.

  16. skoobyfl says: Oct 17, 2011 7:35 PM

    T.O. gave back his key to the city of Buffalo.

  17. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Oct 17, 2011 7:36 PM

    I think if the Bills wanted a receiver in that draft they would have taken Dez Bryant. I wonder how much Spiller is making per touch?

  18. braddavery says: Oct 17, 2011 7:39 PM

    Although not having an EXCEPTIONAL year as a ball-carrier, Spiller still has managed 7.1 yards-per-carry as a RB this season. I’m sure he will be back at RB when the WRs are healthy.

  19. puhleezho says: Oct 17, 2011 8:01 PM

    A preview of Knowshon Moreno’s future.

  20. pettergriffen says: Oct 17, 2011 8:05 PM

    trbowman says:
    Oct 17, 2011 6:26 PM
    “Lesson learned… dont draft RBs from Clemson.”

    Lesson learned….don’t draft RBs high, period. Dime a dozen.
    —————————————————

    dont draft RB’s high? mcfadden? peterson?…

    cant fault just not being good enough for this level.

  21. gobills716 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:41 PM

    I don’t really get people calling him a bust…he’s averaged 4.4 yards per carry in his brief career. He’s not starting because one of the best RBs in the NFL is ahead of him. He would probably be starting on most teams in the NFL…He’s only 24, he has plenty of gas left in the tank and if he can be productive as a WR, that’s great. The key is, they need to get this guy on the field and allow him to develop. When Jackson begins to slowdown, then you have a replacement ready to go.

  22. nateodomesbff says: Oct 17, 2011 9:10 PM

    CJ Spiller is more Percy Harvin than Reggie Bush.

    The kid could fill the speed void that is plaguing the Bills offense right now. CJ can stretch the field and break big plays. I think after the bye, you can expect to see him on the field more than he was this week.

  23. forthelove says: Oct 17, 2011 9:45 PM

    trbowman says:
    Oct 17, 2011 6:26 PM
    “Lesson learned… dont draft RBs from Clemson.”

    Lesson learned….don’t draft RBs high, period. Dime a dozen.
    ———————————————————-
    No, you draft running backs from Clemson, Miami, USC or wherever. Just don’t waste a top 10 on one. It’s becoming a position where you can get the same production from a late round draft pick or undrafted free agent. Just today’s NFL.
    ———————————————————-
    Those McFadden and Peterson guys are working out pretty well. And Calvin Johnson at #2 overall is too. But true, unless it’s a truly exceptional player, RBs and WRs shouldn’t go higher than mid- to late-first.

  24. seacolt213 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:50 PM

    I don’t get why everyone is so negative about this. Yes- Spiller looks like Reggie Bush 2.0, but the difference is it seems Gailey did what Payton wouldn’t (do often), put Spiller at wideout. Yeah, now they need a new #2 RB with starting abilities but Jackson and Spiller buy you time! There is 0 downside to a player like Spiller that can run and catch the ball. Buffalo is exciting this year.

  25. eaglesnoles05 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:04 PM

    Um, CJ Spiller is a dynamic playmaker waiting his turn to shine, unless I missed something or skipped the “let’s pretend CJ spiller sucks” expo? This dude is a weapon, I promise.

  26. butlers91 says: Oct 17, 2011 10:19 PM

    I felt bad for Spiller going to the Bills. They don’t have the tools to properly utilize him. He shouldn’t have been a top 10 pick, but draft him around #30 and use him like a Sproles on a halfway decent team, he will produce. I am not knocking the Bills (Lions fan, used to the abuse), it just wasn’t a good fit.

  27. tilllman40 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:05 PM

    @butler91 , huh you have no idea what you are talking about. Johnson, Nelson, jones, Roosevelt, Chandler, Freddy , an above average oline , lions have megaton, while hrs great there’s not much more . Ps have facts before you try to act like you know.

  28. ehscot says: Oct 18, 2011 12:26 AM

    “That hasn’t exactly been a problem, with Fred Jackson leading the league in yards from scrimmage.”

    If you can’t spell Greg correctly, I don’t expect you to know that Matt Forte leads the league in yards from scrimmage.

    Let’s see Fred Jackson “lead” the league in yards from scrimmage behind the same o-line Forte does it behind.

  29. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 18, 2011 8:22 AM

    I say if the dude can be more effective as a WR then good for him and good for them.

    How many RBs couldn’t cut it in the NFL as a runner and washed out of football completely? Of course, the answer is “way too many”.

    It’s good news that they didn’t have to cut him outright after using that high pick on him…

  30. Lev says: Oct 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    C.J. Has a great attitude to play any position asked of him. Cheers to that

  31. ottograham says: Oct 18, 2011 9:06 AM

    Just get the ball into his hands. Throw it or hand it off to him it doesnt matter in the least. Give your best players the opportunity to dominate. C.J. Spiller is a dominant player if given the opportunity in my opinion.

  32. sj39 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:28 AM

    Watching him in college I always thought he would be a good reciever.

  33. icanspeel says: Oct 18, 2011 9:41 AM

    He looked pretty good catching the ball against the Giants and he already has the speed. As long as he keeps catching the ball he will help the Bills a lot

  34. davidjcu says: Oct 18, 2011 9:54 AM

    The problem is that the Bills thought that Fred Jackson wasn’t an everydown back and he was aging when they drafted Spiller. Jackson is an everydown back and has low mileage for being 30, and spiller just isn’t getting enough touches. They should trade him just so that he can have an opportunity. He isn’t complaining and willing to do whatever is asked and deserves a shot.

  35. polishkingski says: Oct 19, 2011 3:06 PM

    was that a phins fan passing judgement on buffalo`s GM? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. how funny, how very funny. well, lets see if the bills fold like a house of cards when they play miami this year. i am sure sun glasses dude has a great plan to stop the bills offence. lol.

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