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C.J. Spiller not ready to concede spot on Bills track team


The Bills added some serious speed this offseason.

But C.J. Spiller is not prepared to let anyone else anchor the relay team.

The Bills running back is fast, running a 4.37 40 at the Combine. But third-round pick Marquise Goodwin ran his in 4.27 this year, making him the resident track star.

You can’t go wrong with either one,” Spiller said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “We’re both fast guys. I like my chances right now against anybody in the league. If anybody wants to put their four best against our four best I think we’ll come out on top.”

Between return man Leodis McKelvin, cornerback Ron Brooks and wide receiver T.J. Graham, the Bills could put together quite a relay team.

“We got a lotta playmakers on this team, a lot of people who can do a lot of stuff when you put the ball in their hands, so it’s very exciting,” Spiller said.

The next challenge will be figuring out which quarterback is best able to get the ball into the hands of the ones on offense, and turning that track speed into something tangible on the field.

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22 Responses to “C.J. Spiller not ready to concede spot on Bills track team”
  1. micknangold says: May 17, 2013 9:58 AM

    Speed is tangible. Tangible means it can be measured.

  2. blitzinc43 says: May 17, 2013 10:12 AM

    Speed kills

  3. toddsage1billsfan says: May 17, 2013 10:24 AM


  4. billsgiantsfan says: May 17, 2013 10:36 AM

    So Darin, no wise crack on how the Bill’s “track team” might slip in all that snow and “awful weather” in Buffalo? Shocking.

  5. stillabillsfan says: May 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    Speed everywhere. They’ll be fun to watch.

  6. myeaglescantwin says: May 17, 2013 10:47 AM


    go team

  7. corkspop says: May 17, 2013 10:49 AM

    Looking forward to a season where the Coach doesn’t resist putting the ball in CJ Spiller’s hands. What was Gailey thinking????

  8. followme2boston says: May 17, 2013 10:57 AM

    Interesting that you didn’t mention TJ Graham whose parents both won silver medals as members of the Jamaican track team and TJ ran track at NC State in addition to playing football. The Bills have some serious speed at the skill positions, but it is young and unproven. A year or two down the road they are are going to be scary good, especially since Manuel has a big arm. May be the return of James Lofton or Don Beebe to OBD.

  9. juiceslayer says: May 17, 2013 11:19 AM

    Can’t do much with speed when your oline, dline and linebackers can’t block or tackle.

  10. rickywatts80 says: May 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    I love C.J. Spiller. Gonna’ selects him with the 6th pick this upcoming year, and I expect him to lead the league in points.

  11. praetorian12 says: May 17, 2013 11:42 AM

    Seahawks fan here. When Seattle went to Buffalo, I thought C.J. Spiller was the best offensive football player on the field. Even though the Seahawks killed the Bills, several of my friends commented that we were thankful the Bills coaching staff doesn’t know how to appropriately use Spiller… cuz it looked like the only person that could stop him was the Bills coaching staff.

  12. skoobyfl says: May 17, 2013 11:49 AM

    I would of asked him if he’s rested up now to be able to play 2 downs in a row, what was Chan even thinking ??

  13. meytonpanning says: May 17, 2013 12:22 PM

    I’m not a huge AFC east fan, but between Miami, NE and Buffalo that division is gonna be one of the best. Who knows, maybe even the Jets will rise up to it.

  14. jimjames2 says: May 17, 2013 12:36 PM

    Very excited to be a Bills fan again. Not guaranteeing anything this year but it should be a exciting season. If I had to listen to one more of Chan’s press conferences I would blow up. Finally some contagious enthusiasm. I’m starting to drink the cool aid.

  15. sevenwords says: May 17, 2013 12:46 PM

    “juiceslayer says:
    May 17, 2013 11:19 AM
    Can’t do much with speed when your oline, dline and linebackers can’t block or tackle.”

    It’s obvious you know nothing about Buffalo football. We have one of the best O-Lines in the NFL. CJ Spiller & Fred Jackson. Enough said. Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of the least sacked quarterbacks last year and we did it with a rookie LT. Buffalo’s problem was that Fitzpatrick couldn’t stretch the field and we had a head coach who didn’t know how to use Spiller.

  16. richc111 says: May 17, 2013 2:08 PM

    Wow what have you been drinking? The Bills do not have one of the best O lines in the NFL. For starters they lost the best guy. In regards to the least sacked that was because the scheme they ran got the ball out of Fitz hands in 4 seconds. Sure he didn’t get sacked but he never through the ball more than 15 yards. Plus it is easy to get a few yards rushing when you are down by 3 TDs and they are playing the pass. Fred Jackson average 3.8 yards per carry. Do I need to go on? Their run game is completely on the shoulders of Spiller now. Who including college has never had more than never had more carries than he did last year. I guess that might be why they used him like they did. Maybe they knew he would never take the pounding. Don’t know but we will see I guess won’t we.

  17. caspius1 says: May 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    richc111 to help you out it’s threw not through. Also no need to repeat never had more then unless you are really trying to make a point. If so can you please put down …… inbetween please. That way the reader doesn’t think they are losing their minds.

  18. sportsfreak61787 says: May 17, 2013 4:35 PM


    ya your right rich spiller avg 6yds/carry an fitz never got sacked but that’s all tue scheme an none of the oline. an wood is the best olinemen on that team when healthy. if you watched a bills game you’d know levitre excelled in pass blocking and was mediocre in the run game. losing our oline coach was a bigger loss than losing levitre

  19. seaeagle707 says: May 17, 2013 5:18 PM

    praetorian12- Seahawks fan? More like a Quisling. The most effective runner in that game was one Russell Wilson. Three rushing TD’s in the FIRST HALF. There was so little offense from Buffalo in that game that the Toronto spectators began cheering for the Hawks. I saw Spiller, but I didn’t see any big plays or long runs with him. He is a great player, but on that day, no one on the Bills could have been called great.

    I’m reasonably sure that it was that game that ultimately cost Chan Gailey his job, though his lack of success throughout the season, certainly had put him on the skids before it began. But being utterly humiliated in Toronto, undoubtedly caused Ralph Wilson to order the beheading. (If Ralph’s doctors even let him watch that debacle.)

  20. billsboy88 says: May 18, 2013 8:53 PM

    Good, there is speed everywhere, now just get them the ball in space.

    Sounds so easy, doesn’t it?

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 19, 2013 5:08 PM

    Unfortunately for the Bills, it’s not a track meet it’s the NFL.

  22. adamagedbillsfan says: May 20, 2013 11:45 PM

    Spiller will be one of the top 5 running backs within 3 years. Yeah I said it.

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