The 2011 Buffalo Bills were decimated by injury on both sides of the ball. As injured players return, the defense is starting to look sound, which leaves the bigger mystery shaping up on offense.
Last season, C.J. Spiller—a former first round draft pick who had thus far failed to produce—was given one last opportunity to silence his critics when starter Fred Jackson broke his leg. He grabbed the chance and ran with it, rushing for 446 yards and four touchdowns (plus two receiving).
Now that Fred Jackson, who was one of the most productive running backs in the league prior to his injury, is back in football shape, Spiller may once again be relegated to the backfield despite his breakout performance last season.
Prior to this, Spiller has been without question the lesser running back on the Buffalo roster, assuming only a fraction of the carries that Jackson received and earning his keep by filling in on special teams and lining up at other positions on the field.
Now that he has proved himself as a future running back for the franchise, Spiller will be eager to see more action on the field.
At the same time, while Jackson is fast approaching the twilight of his career, there is no indication that he has slowed down yet.
Whether it comes down to splitting the touches almost equally or featuring both running backs on the field at the same time, the Bills will need to find a way to juggle two players who could individually shoulder the starting load. There are certainly worse problems that the Bills could face