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.