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Bills think Spiller could gain 2,000 yards

C.J. Spiller, Eric Smith AP

The first NFL player to run for 2,000 yards in a season, O.J. Simpson, did it in Buffalo. The Bills think the next player to run for 2,000 yards may do it in Buffalo as well.

C.J. Spiller carried 207 times for 1,244 yards in Buffalo last year, but this year he’s expected to get a bigger workload, and the Bills’ website says there’s a growing belief that Spiller could hit 2,000 yards this year.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone certainly sounds like he’s willing to give Spiller a lot more carries than he has had in the past.

“My philosophy has always been that if someone starts off and they’re running well we’ll just keep feeding them the ball,” Marrone said.

Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has the same approach.

“When in doubt, give it to a back. That’s our motto,” Hackett said.

A 2,000-yard season happens so rarely that it’s unrealistic to expect it for anyone. But Spiller topped 1,200 yards last year without even being the primary ball carrier some weeks: He shared time with Fred Jackson and had fewer than 10 carries in six different games. If the Bills are serious about making Spiller a workhorse — and if Spiller can stay healthy for 16 games — there’s every reason to believe he can challenge for the league’s rushing title.

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21 Responses to “Bills think Spiller could gain 2,000 yards”
  1. corkspop says: Jul 28, 2013 10:57 AM

    It’s not out of the question. Thank goodness that Coach Marrone recognizes Spiller’s ability, unlike Coach Gailey. Worried about the O-Line though.

  2. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jul 28, 2013 11:01 AM

    I think that’s great. Go for it.

    Just remember who the real 28 is and who will always be.

  3. conormacleod says: Jul 28, 2013 11:19 AM

    Sure. He only came up over 700 yards shy from that marker, so of course he has a chance! Simply give him the ball more. It’s that easy! Jeez…

  4. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 28, 2013 11:24 AM

    Screw it, if I dont get Adrian Peterson in my fantasy draft, this guy is going number 2.

  5. grantashe11 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    My top 5 Fantasy RB’s

    1. AP
    2. Doug Martin
    3. J Charles
    4. Spiller
    5. Richardson

    Foster has too much wear and tear on those tires to play a full season.

  6. Nick says: Jul 28, 2013 11:43 AM

    The real 28? Curt Warner – GO HAWKS!

  7. talkingproud says: Jul 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    The real CJ2K!

  8. rodge1 says: Jul 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    I also think Spiller will gain 2000 yards against the Bills defense in Training Camp.

  9. charger88 says: Jul 28, 2013 12:01 PM

    Spiller has the talent to gain 2,000 yards if he can stay healthy sure but last I checked this is a team sport. There is no way with that O-line that he will unless they give him 1,000 carries. Just saying.

  10. jacksonjames4 says: Jul 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    Hope so.. Gailey said he was winded easily.. Gotta trust Chan ( riiiiiight )

  11. mnmarine0351 says: Jul 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    People scoffed the first time AP said his goal was 2000. While Spiller in NOT in the MVPs category, he is in a weak division and will be probably playing in a rather vanilla offense. A good chunk of those yards are going to come against the Jets and Pats. Unlikely but not impossible.

  12. kgun80 says: Jul 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    I guess it’s his turn

  13. henryjones20 says: Jul 28, 2013 12:19 PM

    don’t understand why they didn’t adress andy levitre loss during the draft or free agency. its gonna hurt.

  14. newguy925 says: Jul 28, 2013 12:44 PM

    His size is a limiting factor. I doubt he can handle the carries to run for 2,000. In terms of rush+receiving yards absolutely.

  15. craniator says: Jul 28, 2013 12:54 PM

    2000 yards ? He ain’t gonna do it against Miami.

  16. billsfan33 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:16 PM

    No he wont get 2000 against Miami, but he will get about 300 in those 2 games against the overrated and overhyped phins.

  17. lewiscafarella says: Jul 28, 2013 1:53 PM

    He can and most certainly will get 2,000 yards rushing. I’m guessing over 2,500 all purpose yards, perhaps more. Just hope he stays healthy for 16 games! #RealCJ2k

  18. m3dman3 says: Jul 28, 2013 3:23 PM

    If Spiller would have had the same amount of carries as AP last year he would have shattered Dickersons record. One day he will do just that.

  19. jrcoop says: Jul 28, 2013 4:04 PM

    Obviously Spiller is going to be the Bills primary offensive weapon regardless who starts at QB. NFL defensive coordinators know that as well, so he’s going to be facing loaded boxes. Even if he manages to avoid injury, he’s going to be facing a more difficult challenge this year.

  20. raideralex99 says: Jul 28, 2013 4:31 PM

    Here’s the problem … the more carries you get … the more hits you take … be careful what you wish for.

  21. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jul 29, 2013 9:00 AM

    People keep doubting that Spiller can. I look at the numbers. His YPC average was as high if not higher than APs. This means that if Spiller were given the same number of carries last season as AP, he would have been rushing leader.

    However, I think the hole in the O line and the fact that Fred Jackson is still there will keep CJ from his goal. I see him hitting 1800, but not 2000

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