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Bills could be looking for a goal line back
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:23am

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

When the Buffalo Bills reached the goal-line portion of Monday night's intrasquad scrimmage, running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, helmets off, watched from the sideline.

"We're actually still trying to find that role," HC Doug Marrone said. "I don't think that role's been defined for us yet. We're going to take a real good look at it."

Fantasy Impact:

Keep in mind it's early, and keep in mind we had a news story not all that long where Marrone said he'd use Spiller in every situation. But in this drill, Tashard Choice was getting goal line work. Marrone told the author he would use a specialty back for goal line carries if he feels his main back "doesn't have maybe the girth to go over the top" and that he likes to use a fresh back in goal line situations. The story added the Bills had only five rushing TDs under 10 yards last year. Spiller did have one of them; Jackson had two. No reason to give up on Spiller because of this, but something to keep in mind.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013, 8:01am

buffalobills.com - [Full Article]

In its ideal form Buffalo’s offense is expected to afford the playmakers in their offense significantly more opportunities to make plays and gain yardage. RB CJ Spiller could arguably touch the ball 30 times a game if the offense is operating efficiently. In that same game Fred Jackson could conceivably touch it 20-25 times and Stevie Johnson could make 10-15 catches.

Fantasy Impact:

Keep in mind this is coming from the Bills Web site, and to have the offense run efficiently means they have to remain competitive. But it's an indication of the potential of Spiller coming into the season. As we pointed out here on the site, Spiller had the highest FP/touch of any RB with 150 or more touches. We rank him 5th among our RBs and he's going around the middle of the first round in drafts.

Bills won't pull C.J. Spiller at goal line
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:02pm

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone indicated after today's voluntary workout C.J. Spiller will not be pulled from games in short-yardage, third-down or red-zone situations because of size or skill set.

"My philosophy's always been if someone starts off and they're running well, keep feeding them the ball," Marrone said.

Asked if he has any reservations about using Spiller in certain spots, Marrone shook his head.

"I've really seen him as well as Fred work on the things that make them both complete backs," Marrone said. "Our goal, when we put a back back there, is to make sure they're complete backs."

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller is one of the most explosive backs in the league, but saw inconsistent touches when both he and Fred Jackson were healthy in years past. It sounds as if Marrone plans to feed Spiller the ball early and often.

Bills see "thunder" and "lightning" in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller
Monday, January 28, 2013, 2:57pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

“The options become limitless,” said Bills new RB Tyrone Wheatley with his two versatile backs, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. “The more you can do the better for you. That’s my saying and these guys can do it all. They both have distinct skill sets, but they also present a different type of threat towards defenses.”

Wheatley sees Jackson as the thunder and Spiller as the lightning. And though a split backfield with both Jackson and Spiller on the field at the same time sounds like an easy solution to outside observers, that’s not what Buffalo’s run game will be.

“I would just say multiple,” said Wheatley when asked to describe the run game. “I know that’s kind of vague and it doesn’t really clear things up, but we’re a multiple set. We could do two-back, we could be one back. We could be single back, we could be shotgun. It’s a multiple set.”

Fantasy Impact:

This is a situation to watch closely this summer. Spiller proved he's ready for a RB1 workload, but as long as Jackson is around, his stock will be deflated.

Fred Jackson wants to stay with Bills
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:21pm

Buffalo News - [Full Article]

Bills RB Fred Jackson was asked if he would rather go elsewhere if his role is lessened.

"This is where I started my career, and this is where I want to end my career," Jackson replied. "Even if I did leave here, who's to say where I go I won't be some third- or fourth-string back there?

"My thing is to go out and compete and make the most of the opportunities I do get. Whether that's here or somewhere else, I'm going to continue to show up and make plays and try and help my team win."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is signed through 2014, but will turn 32 in February, so he's definitely in the twilight of his career given the typical lifespan of NFL running backs. One thing working in his favor is that he didn't become a full time player until age 28 and has just 932 carries in his career. However, he has only played 20 games in the last two seasons and now has the reputation of being injury-prone.

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Fred Jackson placed on IR
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6:02pm

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Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey announced Monday that running back Fred Jackson is done for the season and has been placed on IR.

Jackson suffered a Grade 2 sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee Sunday. Gailey noted that the recovery timetable for Jackson's injury is likely closer to 4-5 weeks, longer than the time left in the regular season.

This is the same knee he injured in Week 1 when he sustained an LCL sprain and missed two weeks. This is also the same leg in which Jackson suffered a fractured fibula which prematurely ended his 2011 campaign.

Fantasy Impact:

It will be the C.J. Spiller show for the rest of the season. Head coach Chan Gailey admitted backup Tashard Choice won't be stealing the same amount of work from Spiller as Jackson did.

Fred Jackson out at least 2-3 weeks
Monday, December 10, 2012, 8:47am

Josina Anderson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills RB Fred Jackson on his knee injury: "They told me it's a grade II sprain of my MCL. I mean technically it's a tear off the bone, because you tear the ligament away from the bone. So that's why some people say it's a tear, but the ligament itself is intact. It's just pulled away from the bone a little bit."

Fantasy Impact:

It's good news for C.J. Spiller owners as Spiller should get a bump in touches. Jackson is likely done for the season with just three weeks left to go, and he said he very well could get placed on IR. Tashard Choice will backup Spiller.

Fred Jackson injures leg
Monday, December 10, 2012, 12:00am

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Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson hurt his right leg in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Rams and his status for the rest of the season is uncertain.

Coach Chan Gailey said he's hasn't yet talked to trainers, but described the injury as not looking good following a 15-12 defeat to the Rams.

Jackson was unable to put much weight on his leg, while being helped off the field.

Fantasy Impact:

C.J. Spiller could potentially see a huge workload if Jackson misses any time. Buffalo plays Seattle and Miami in the next two weeks. Both teams have been pretty good against the run.

Monday, December 3, 2012, 8:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chan Gailey wanted hot Bills back C.J. Spiller to get 60 percent of the running plays, with the rest going to Fred Jackson.

Because of winds and rain, Jackson had 25 carries for 109 yards. Spiller had 77 yards on 14 carries.

"Yeah, it does [change] a little bit because you would like for C.J. to be on a fast track," Gailey said. "He proved with that one run that sometimes it does not matter. When you are in a physical, downhill game that is more Fred's game."

Gailey was alluding to Spiller's 44-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

CJ Spiller to get 60-percent of snaps
Monday, November 26, 2012, 5:23pm

Tim Graham on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills coach Chan Gailey's plan moving forward is for RB C.J. Spiller to get a 60-40 majority of the snaps with Fred Jackson.

Fantasy Impact:

It shouldn't be a surprise as QB Ryan Fitzpatick was campaigning to get Spiller more touches for weeks. Jackson was relegated to a lot of blocking duty this week, according to reports. That will likely continue, making him more of a third down back. It's great news for Spiller owners and he's got some nice matchups the next two weeks. But, in fantasy playoffs (Weeks 15 and 16) he goes against Seattle and Miami, which are both in the top-10 as far as not allowing fantasy points to RBs.

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