When he's healthy, Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller is one of the most electrifying players in the NFL with a football in his hands.
However, the fifth-year veteran has had all sorts of problems staying on the field, and 2013 was no different.
Still, that disappointing season (and the comments made by the media regarding it) have lit a fire under Spiller, according to The Associated Press (via the team's website), "Oh yeah, it's definitely a fire burning. I haven't forgotten what was written out there,'' Spiller said. ''I've got my axe ready to chip away some wood.''
That's music to the ears of head coach Doug Marrone, who told Matthew Fairburn of Syracuse.com he's counting on Spiller as part of a two-back rotation in 2013. "Obviously, we’ve run the ball quite a bit," Marrone said. "It’s something that we believe in and I’m really excited to see them."
No team ran the ball as much as Buffalo in 2013, but it appears speculation that newly acquired back Bryce Brown could also see quite a bit of work may have been premature:
I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game. I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there.
Stuck behind Spiller and the ageless Fred Jackson on the Bills depth chart, it appears barring injury Brown will doing a lot of spectating in 2014.