Spiller Looks to Build on Solid Finish
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills running back CJ Spiller just wanted a chance to shine.
"I always knew my ability and what I was able to do on this level. My confidence was high, just when the opportunity came, just trying to take advantage of it."
Spiller seized his opportunity at the tail end of last season after Fred Jackson went down with a leg injury. The ultra quick tailback averaged a robust 5.2 yards per carry and showed the abilities that made him a first round draft pick in 2010.
"Unfortunately, it came in the wrong way that it did last year, but I try to take advantage it. Now the coaches, they knew what I could do and I don’t think anyone in this building ever doubted my ability. It was just we had a guy that was playing at a Pro Bowl level and we stuck with him,” Spiller said.
“To get that experience definitely was something that I think he needed. It was something that helped him grow as a running back,” said Jackson. “We got to see his potential. For me not to be there allowed him to go in there and take some reps and develop his game a little bit more. "
Spiller showed he's capable of handling the load, and Jackson is back healthy with a new contract extension in the offseason.
"We’re both competitive. We go out there and compete. We push each other. But at the end of the day he’s like a big brother to me,” Spiller said. “I try to take as much of his game to apply it to mine, especially in the pass protecting and running how he approaches each games. That’s what I kind of tried to do when he went down. He definitely deserved every penny that he got.”
It's good problem for the Bills to have - finding a way to utilize both of their talented tailbacks.