Bills running back C.J. Spiller may have only run the ball once in the Hall of Fame Game, but his physical condition wasn’t the reason for the light workload.
Spiller feels 100 percent healthy after battling injuries that hampered him throughout the 2013 season. Spiller saw his average per carry drop to 4.6 yards after averaging six in 2012 and says that he heard and read people doubting that he would prove to be more than a one-year wonder. He also says he’s driven to prove them wrong.
“Oh yeah, it’s definitely a fire burning. I haven’t forgotten what was written out there,” Spiller said, via the Associated Press. ”I’ve got my axe ready to chip away some wood.”
Spiller’s downturn last season, a contract extension for Fred Jackson and the addition of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon have all combined to lead to some speculation that the Bills may be planning for a future that might not include re-signing Spiller when his contract is up after the season. Spiller brushed off those concerns, saying there’s mutual love between him and the organization. There will be even more love from the Buffalo side if Spiller’s production spikes this season and, more likely than not, more money for Spiller to go with silenced doubters.