On Monday, Bills running back C.J. Spiller said that he’d like to have the ball in his hands more often than the Bills have given it to him so far this season.
Spiller should get his wish. With Fred Jackson finished for the season because of a knee injury, coach Chan Gailey said that Spiller is going to get as much as he can handle because the Bills no longer have two “great” running backs in the mix.
“We’re going to get the opportunity here in the next few weeks for him to get it a lot and we won’t have what I term two great backs,” Gailey said, via the team’s website. “I think Tashard (Choice) is a very good back, but to me he’s not in Fred’s category. So there won’t be a lot of sharing of duties. C.J. will have to take a big part of the load now.”
It might not have happened as quickly as many Bills fans might have liked, but the change should be a permanent one regardless of Jackson’s health. Spiller gives the Bills more than Jackson and he’s still on the upswing of his career, raising hopes that 2013 will be even more productive.
Consider the next three games a preview of a future built around Spiller’s skills.