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C.J. Spiller was slowed down by an ankle sprain in 2013, but he still returns as the Bills' top back in 2014.
Like Jackson, Spiller is eligible to become a free agent after the season. Still on his rookie contract, Spiller will be motivated to perform well to earn a well-paying second contract.
Working in Spiller's favor is that he is back to full health. Spiller told Marc Sessler of NFL.com that "this is the best I've felt since 2012." That's good news for Bills fans, since 2012 was the year Spiller went for 1,244 yards and 6.0 yards per carry.
With his health returned, Spiller should be able to return to that 2012 form. Also, offensive coordinator Nate Hackett has a year under his belt figuring out how to best use Spiller. Getting Spiller the ball in space and allowing him to use his speed and quickness to make defenders miss gives the Bills offense the best chance to succeed.
With more options in the backfield, the Bills won't have to worry about giving Spiller the ball "until he throws up" (per Buffalo News). Nonetheless, Spiller is determined to be a dominant force for Buffalo.
He talked to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News about his mindset, saying, "I’ve kind of got that fire burning inside to really get back out there on the field and really start playing again. I’m going to be ready to go this year. Hopefully I can get back to that 2012 form."
If Spiller does indeed resemble the Spiller from 2012, his contract situation will work itself out.