C.J. Spiller sees big things ahead for Bills’ rushing attack

Reuters

The Bills were 6-10 last season, leaving them far from the playoff picture when the regular season came to an end.

The rushing attack was not the main reason for that poor record. The Bills ranked second in the league in rushing yards as C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson did a lot of heavy lifting to cover for the team’s substandard passing game. They added Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to the backfield this offseason and Spiller thinks the group is bound for even bigger things in Nathaniel Hackett’s second season as the team’s offensive coordinator.

“For us to be second in the league in rushing with a new system and us trying to get comfortable with what was going on —  Now we have that year up under us and you can see the difference,” Spiller said, via the team’s website. “Everybody is confident in what we’re doing and hopefully that will bring better things. But there’s a ton of work to be done before September 7 against the Bears. We’ve got to be willing to put in all the hard work necessary to put ourselves in the best situation to win.”

The Bills may wind up with a lower ranking this season, but the running game can be even more potent if quarterback E.J. Manuel finds his way in his second season while Spiller and company find a new comfort level in Year Two. It’s a big if after Manuel’s injury-riddled rookie year, but the Bills should be able to rely heavily on their run game while they try to get the aerial game into gear.

16 responses to “C.J. Spiller sees big things ahead for Bills’ rushing attack

  1. Second in spite of injuries. With addition of Bryce Brown (future starter) they will have a strong rushing game again, in spite of any injuries. I hope it’s not second. That would mean the passing game sucked again.

  2. Anyone know why they never throw screen passes to spiller? Is it just me or does that seem ridiculous? He would be perfect to get out in space

  3. This will be Spiller’s best year thus far. The Bills added depth at WR to open up the run game. He is now 100% healthy and in the last year of his rookie contract. He will be the most added fantasy player by Week 2.

  4. Spiller sees big things ahead for Bills’ rushing attack. He’s right. There’ll be Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly to name a couple.

  5. By seasons end Buffalo will have the most dominant run game in football. They have talent, and now depth on the line to consistently win at the point of attack against all but a handful of teams. They have the largest line in football now, and they are more athletic than people give them credit for.

    Buffalo led the league in total drives last season. If they maintain the pace on offense they started last year with while consistently keeping themselves in manageable third down situations by successfully running the ball, they will see a big jump in scoring by maintaining a higher percentage of drives. They will also see increased production in short yardage situations. This also benefits the defense as they will allow fewer drives by controlling the ball, and lead to fewer short fields for the opposing team.

    With the run game rolling, EJ Manuel and the receiving corp will have some time to develop chemistry throughout the year and start taking advantage of the stacked box teams are going to have to employ to help against the run.

    Buffalo is still probably one year away from making the jump to a playoff caliber team. They have a lot of good young players still developing and gelling as a team, but don’t be surprised if they are fighting for a wild card spot in December this year.

  6. ‘C.J. Spiller sees big things ahead…”

    …and then casually jogs out of bounds again.

    Fred Jackson had twice as many first downs as CJ last year, let’s see him improve that number before talking up the rushing attack.

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