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Ryan Fitzpatrick wants C.J. Spiller doing more

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The Bills weren’t able to come back and beat the Patriots on Sunday, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying by running back C.J. Spiller.

Spiller continued his season-long habit of breaking big plays on the ground and in the passing game with 131 total yards on 13 touches. He’s averaging more than eight yards per touch so far this year, prompting calls for a bigger role in his timeshare with Fred Jackson. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of those making the call last week and he repeated it in an interview with WGR on Monday.

“I think you can never give him enough touches,” said Fitzpatrick, via the team’s website. ”We can all see what he can do with the football. When he and Fred are playing you look at it collectively. We try to get both of them a big number of touches. We stayed with the run game in the second half even though we were behind. We’ve got to continue to find ways to get him his touches and get him in space because the guy is absolutely electric and in the 13 touches he had yesterday made some huge plays for us.”

If the Bills have kept Spiller on a short leash out of concern for Spiller’s ability to remain as productive with a bigger workload, they may not have much choice but to throw caution to the wind this week. Jackson, who had 20 touches Sunday, suffered what the team has decided to call “concussion-like symptoms” on the flight home from New England. The likelihood that a concussion caused those symptoms makes him unlikely to play on Thursday night against the Dolphins.

Spiller should see more time even if Jackson were healthy, but you gotta start somewhere.

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15 Responses to “Ryan Fitzpatrick wants C.J. Spiller doing more”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:18 PM

    The only one in this league who can stop spiller is our coach chan gailey.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Nov 12, 2012 3:19 PM

    How about throwing some passes. So far that’s been the biggest problem.

  3. dv5454 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:21 PM

    Play the man.

  4. tejguy says: Nov 12, 2012 3:22 PM

    Edit: The Buffalo Bills want Ryan Fitzpatrick doing more

  5. ampats says: Nov 12, 2012 3:40 PM

    I wanted to commend the Bills fans on a good game yesterday but a lot of the comments I am seeing is Bills fans complaining that their players got hit too hard. As someone who has watched the game for over 40 years I find it amusing how many of the posters must not have remembered the NFL before 2002 when the rules on defense started to change.

    I guess most Bills fans don’t remember great Bills defensive players of the past (90′s) like Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett and Darryl Talley. In the natural course of a game,how many players did they concuss ?

    Brandon Spikes is our new Rodney Harrison,the player we love that all other teams hate !

  6. dannymac17 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:40 PM

    let that boy cook.

    i hate the Bills for not giving him the ball enough, the kid can straight out ball.

    But instead they give it to a 32 year former shell of himself.

    Amazing coaching right there.

  7. tcmiller30 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:41 PM

    Every Bills fan in the country wants CJ doing more. Unfortunately Gailey either doesn’t think he should or doesn’t think he can handle it, which is a shame. That guy is electric with the football. 13 touches yesterday??? Really?!?! 13 touches for 130+ yards and he wasn’t in the final drive of the game until Freddy fumbled/got hurt. Inexcusable to have him on the bench.

  8. dannymac17 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:47 PM

    If i’m CJ Spiller I am not signing a contract extension to be back up/benched for an old man.

  9. mcoomer146 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:48 PM

    Spiller had close to 400yds in 2 games at the beginning of the season. PLAY HIM!!!

  10. EJ says: Nov 12, 2012 3:53 PM

    Yesterday was an off day for Jackson, he rarely ever fumbles the ball. Between him and Spiller the Buffalo Bills have a dynamic backfield. I know the question is who is the starter, who gets more touches? If I were Gailey, I’d keep both of them on the field at all times. They can both come out and be in the backfield at the same time, one in the backfield while the other is lined up at receiver, but I would make sure they both had opportunity to contribute. Besides Stevie Johnson, Jackson and Spiller are bigger playmakers than any other receiver on the team.

  11. dbarnes79 says: Nov 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    I’m sure Bills fans want you to do more too Fitzy.

  12. tejguy says: Nov 12, 2012 4:37 PM

    Sadly C.J. is under contract with the Bills until 2016…

  13. nytroutdog says: Nov 12, 2012 5:10 PM

    ampats said, “As someone who has watched the game for over 40 years I find it amusing how many of the posters must not have remembered the NFL before 2002 when the rules on defense started to change.” Of course we all remember it. The issue is that there is this little lawsuit going on right now surrounding concussions and rules have been put in place to help these athletes play longer and live productive lives when they’re done with the game.

    We all love big hits but lets protect these young men from themselves and move forward instead of back, shall we?

  14. dannymac17 says: Nov 12, 2012 5:24 PM

    you are correct tejguy

    but i think i have found out why the Bills have been reluctant to play him more:

    “Spiller’s deal is worth $25 million, but could escalate as high as $37.5 million if incentives are met”

  15. dtjano says: Nov 12, 2012 10:10 PM

    “Brandon Spikes is our new Rodney Harrison,the player we love that all other teams hate !”

    Well Harrison had some good years. Spikes is awful.

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