Spiller being named starter isn’t surprising

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Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller dazzled Bills fans with his running a he ran for 122 yards on 26 carries this preseason, and scored three touchdowns.

Spiller also apparently dazzled his coaches as well as Bills head coach Chan Gailey named Spiller the starting running back today.

According to The Buffalo News, Spiller is the starter as he took advantage of the opportunity that he was given after the injuries to running back Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch.

“I think he showed in college that he was a dynamic player. I think that he has shown in his few reps here that he is a very good player and has a chance to be a really good player for a long time in this league. The reason he’s starting is because he’s gotten more reps than anybody else in preseason at tailback and he’s done a good job. If he hadn’t done a good job, then we might have to rethink it. But he’s done a good job and he’s earned the spot. So we’re looking forward to him being out there,” Gailey said.

Spiller has the potential to be one of the great running backs in the National Football League as his style is similar to that of former Hall of Fame Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders and former Hall of Fame Bills running back Thurman Thomas.

Both were smaller in stature as Sanders is 5’8″ and Thomas is 5’9″, which means that to survive in football they were elusive and took very little hits as they made defenders miss all the time.

In the end, even though many NFL experts are skeptical about Spiller’s ability to last a whole season Spiller should be fine with his running style.

Bills name their captains

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The Buffalo Bills today announce their team captains for the regular season.

Offensive captains:

Quarterback Trent Edwards and wide receiver Lee Evans (No surprise there)

Defensive captains”

Outside linebacker Chris Kelsay and defensive end Marcus Stroud (Not surprising either since they are the two oldest on the defensive)

Special Teams:

Punter Brian Moorman and safety George Wilson

Jets’ egos are writing check their bodies cannot cash

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They New York Jets surprised a lot of people when they made it to the AFC Championship game last year after barely making the playoffs, which of course has prompted more trash talking than ever from them.

To quote the movie Top Gun, “Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.”

The Jets are running their mouth so much that players on other teams are going to reach the point in games that they will go out of their way to hurt players on the Jets whether if it is a penalty or not.

There is a fine line between being a complete Jerk and being confident in your teammates and the Jets have went far beyond that line.

According to the New York Daily News, via Pro Football Talk, many Jets players feel that they are so good that it is Superbowl or bust.

“He’s like, ‘We’re picking up another one,'” Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez remembered. “I was like, ‘Geez! What’s going on here? We’re building a dream team.'”

Like Pro Football Talk put it, National Football League teams are dependent on their quarterback for success in the NFL and Sanchez has yet to prove that he is a franchise quarterback.  If anything he has only proven that he is a liability as he threw for 2,444 yards with 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Defenses this year will devise ways to stop the Jets running game and make Sanchez throw more, which will expose him to more hits,

Even though television announcers all the time state that NFL players don’t want to hurt each other, the fact of the matter is defensive players when they hit a offensive player they hope it was hard enough that injured the player and knock out the player for the game.

In the end, the only thing that the Jets can be sure of is rides on the cart to the locker room due to an injury.

Bills made the right move with Schouman

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Buffalo Bills Derek Schouman early last year showed some promise as he was one of Bills quarterback Trent Edwards favorite targets before his season was ended with an injury.

This year resulted in the same thing as Schouman was injured for the year in training camp.

That was apparently the last straw as the Bills have moved on from Schouman.

According to WGR 550, the Bills announced that it has signed undrafted rookie tight end DajLeon Farr to the practice squad and released Schouman from the injured reserve list.

It is obvious that the Bills have grown tired of players constantly being injured for periods of time and even if a player like free safety Jairus Byrd isn’t safe if they are injury prone.

Obviously, there are some injuries that you cannot prevent like Bills guard Eric Wood’s broken leg as those just happen due to the nature of the game.

However, leg and ligament injuries are preventable if they follow instructions from the strength and conditioning coaches.

In the end, it is good to see the organization finally taking a stand against all the crap that has plagued this team in recent years.