Open Sesame For C.J. Spiller, Bills Fans

Zachary Stanley@@SFLeaguesCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  C.J. Spiller from the Clemson Tigers poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a Buffalo Bills jersey after Spiller was selected number 9 overall by the Bills during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Bills Fan Facial Prompts: If you want to see a look of irritation, mention the Terrell Owens experiment. If you want to sign a look of disarray and confusion, mention the Chan Gailey hiring or the 2010 draft for that matter. If you want to see a look of failure, mention the last ten years.


Talk to the average disgruntled, heart-wrenched, and sometimes disinterested Bills fan about the upcoming 2010 NFL season and you are likely to see their head move from side to side as it slowly lowers to their shoulder line. The glory days of consecutive Super Bowl losses seem oh so far away.


The only distinct sign of life on the face of a Bills fan this year is at the mention of first round draft pick C.J. Spiller. The Bills selected the speedy running back with the 9th pick this year. The Clemson standout RB that they simply had to have. Spiller was the ACC player of the year in 2009 and was the only FBS player to score a touchdown in every game. He set or tied 31 school records during his four years at Clemson.


With taking Spiller, the Bills left all sorts of needs on the board, most pertinently their need for a marquee quarterback or any sort of protection for that QB at the offensive line spots. But what was really important here?


In a mediocre QB class that could have easily resulted in another disappointing Bills draft pick, the Bills might have actually given their fans something that would have not have come in any other fashion. Excitement.


His versatility and creative abilities along with his explosiveness could make Spiller an absolute joy to watch and give Bills fans a reason to smile, cheer, and possibly, hope. Spiller was far and away the best back in this years class but Bills fans had to wonder how much they would get to see of Spiller given Fred Jackson's solidified standing at the position.


Wonder no more.


With Fred Jackson's injury in Friday night's preseason game against the Redskins, the door is open for Spiller to get a deal of time with the first string. Jackson suffered hand and ankle injuries. The hand injury has been reported to be serious by coach Chan Gailey which has some thinking a potential fracture. "We hope to be able to get him back for the first game," said Gailey. "We’re not sure."


It's shocking to think of a team being excited at the news of an injury to their #1 running back, but this might be just what is needed to put Bills fans in front of the television.