Thursday, August 8, 2013

C.J. Spiller wary of too heavy a workload


A day after hearing offensive coordinator Nate Hackett say he plans to "give [C.J. Spiller] the ball until he throws up or taps out," the tailback got a chance to publicly respond to the increase in responsibility. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

His thoughts?

"The biggest thing that I learned from Hall of Fame running backs is you’ve got to have the mindset of longevity with your career," Spiller told WGR 550's Howard Simon. "You see guys like Arian Foster that carried it almost 400 times, that’s a lot of touches. That takes a toll on your body.

"Could I do it? Yes. Would I want to do it every game? No. I’m just worried about winning every game."

While Spiller, who accounted for a fifth of the team's total offense last year, told Simon he'd obviously do "whatever the coaches want," don't expect Hackett to push him to the point of potential injury. When healthy, Fred Jackson has obviously proven more than capable of producing when Spiller is on the sidelines, and Tashard Choice's numbers haven't been terrible, either (4.1 yards per attempt last year). 

Simon notes that Spiller has averaged a little more than eight touches a game in his brief NFL career, though that number was up around 13 last year. If that total doesn't rise in 2013, Hackett can expect to be booed out of the Ralph. 

Premier NFL backs typically hover around 20 or so carries per game, but even Spiller admitted that would be a hard feat for him to pull off. 

"There’s no way I can just flip the switch and say I want to carry it this many times, because in my whole career, if you start from high school, I probably average 12 carries," he said. "For me to flip that and say let me carry it 20 times, it would be hard for me to do, a hard adjustment."

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