Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Spiller says he's 'fine' with his role, but he likely isn't


When asked Monday whether he thought he was being underutilized in the Buffalo Bills' offensive scheme, running back C.J. Spiller tried his darndest to say the right thing.

Spiller told reporters in the locker room that he “feels fine” about his role, which sounded much more like, “How do you think I feel?”

But after cleverly tip-toeing through the rest of his answer, one reporter pointed out quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's comment that the team needs to get Spiller the ball more, to which Spiller replied, “He must have looked at the stat-line.” (photo: Matt Britt)

That doesn't sound like a player who's “fine.” But really, can you blame him? Spiller had the team's longest rush and its longest reception Sunday in the loss to the Texans, despite only touching the ball a total of 11 times.

Spiller leads all running backs in yards per carry average, and he is only second to Arian Foster in rushes more than 20 yards. That's despite being 27th in rushing attempts.

“Everybody knows what type of playmaker that I am and we have a lot of playmakers on offense,” Spiller said. “We have to just score touchdowns and do the little things that will help us win game.”

Sounds simple enough, but that may be harder than the Bills expect going forward, particularly if teams begin to pull from the Texans' playbook and shut down Buffalo's shotgun rushing attack.

Spiller's touches have already been compromised with the return of Fred Jackson (no offense to Jackson), and if teams begin to dictate which plays the Bills' run like Houston did, something's going to have to give on the offensive side of the ball.

“We just have to do a better job of when teams do that stuff, being able to run the ball,” Spiller said. “That was pretty much the biggest difference from what we have seen from what they did previously.”

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