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Why C.J. Spiller Has Proven He Was Worth a Top-10 Pick

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: C.J. Spiller #28 of the Buffalo Bills runs against  Cameron Wake #91 and  Karlos Dansby #58 of the Miami Dolphins  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Jeremy SickelContributor IIINovember 16, 2012

Big things were expected of C.J. Spiller when the Buffalo Bills made him the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft. However, his rise to NFL stardom has been rather slow.

Now in his third season, the all-purpose running back is becoming a household name.

With Fred Jackson out with a concussion, Spiller was called upon to shoulder the load on Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins . During the Bills' 19-14 victory, Spiller added another 130 total yards to his season total.

With 1,060 total yards and five touchdowns in just 10 games in 2012, Spiller's versatility alone is proving that the Bills made the right choice back in 2010. Jackson's numerous absences have given Buffalo the opportunity to find out just what they have in Spiller.

While the Bills are a much better team with a healthy stable of backs, Spiller's emergence gives Buffalo a good problem moving forward. What this team must do, however, is find the perfect balance for the workload.

Spiller entered Thursday night's game averaging 7.3 yards per carry and seems to be at his most productive around the 12-18 touch range. On 22 carries against the Dolphins, the running back only tallied 91 yards.

Most running backs will tell you they need a lot of carries to get in the flow of the game. However, Spiller could be that rare exception who thrives in the complementary role. Imagine a bigger and faster version of Darren Sproles of the New Orleans Saints.

Though Sproles isn't a superstar in this league, his importance to the Saints is invaluable.

If the Bills are willing to continue using Spiller in the same fashion, he could become the NFL's premier all-purpose threat.


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