Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bills' O has options despite thin WR corps

Heading into the bye week after losing two of the last three games, the Buffalo Bills (4-2) have to make some adjustments if they want to keep pace in the AFC East. Getting the offense realigned will be a goal for Buffalo over the next week and a half.

While the Bills have emerged as one of the better passing units in the league, their young receiving corps has fell victim to injury setback after injury setback right from the get-go.

But the Bills do have options to keep the offense going. Cue C.J. Spiller.

The former first-round draft pick (No. 9 overall) out of Clemson was envisioned as the No. 1 running back for the Bills, but after a strong season last year by fellow tailback Fred Jackson, followed by an impressive preseason by Jackson, he was named the starter in favor of Spiller. It doesn’t mean Spiller isn’t good; Jackson is just on fire right now.

Doesn’t mean you can’t use both of them, either.

And Gailey knows that. Last week in the Bills’ close loss to the Giants, Spiller had five catches for 39 yards. There should be more where that came from.

“He did a good job. He did a very good job,” Gailey told the media on Monday. “I can see that being his role here for the short term. Maybe not long term, but for the short term.”

And that’s how it needs to be approached. Gailey has shown willingness to be flexible so far this season.

The Bills have a couple other weapons they’ll certainly play with during the bye-week break, too. See: Brad Smith, Naaman Roosevelt, Scott Chandler, etc.

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