Running back C.J. Spiller undoubtedly is paying close attention.
Per a league source, Spiller wants to be the starter in 2012. And if he’s not, well, things could get awkward.
Spiller got a taste of the top of the depth chart after Jackson suffered a season-ending leg injury last year. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft finished the year with 561 yards rushing, and an average of 5.2 yards per carry.
It’s unclear what Spiller will do if he’s stuck behind Jackson in 2012. But it could become a problem.
Of course, Spiller’s ability to be the starter will depend on what he does in offseason workouts, training camp, and the preseason. But to the extent that reasonable minds can differ as to the abilities of the two players and if coach Chan Gailey reasonably believes Jackson remains the better man, Spiller could react unreasonably.