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AFC East top 25, No. 6: Bills RB C.J. Spiller

Posted by Erik Frenz  May 27, 2013 08:00 AM

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Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.

Why C.J. Spiller?

Very few players made as big of an impact while being as shunned in the game plan as Spiller.

His big play ability cannot be overstated. He earned nearly 40 percent of his rushing yards on carries of 15 yards or more, the third-highest percentage in the league according to Pro Football Focus.

c.j. spiller.pngHe had the third most total missed tackles in the league (66) despite limited touches, and by PFF's standards, he was the most elusive back in the NFL.

Sometimes, a "big play threat" at running back can be detrimental at times, when he's searching for a home run that isn't there. That can often lead to being tackled behind the line. Not for Spiller, though, who was tackled for a loss on just 16 of his 207 carries (7.7 percent). Other notable backs like Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (51 of 348, 14.6 percent), Texans running back Arian Foster (41 of 351, 11.7 percent) and former Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (31 of 227, 13.7 percent) were tackled for loss far more frequently than Spiller.

Spiller's production could increase with more opportunities in what will likely be a run-heavy offense with Doug Marrone as the head coach. If he's able to build on his stellar 2012 campaign, he'll land in the top five next year without question.

Did you know?

Spiller's average yards per carry in 2012 was higher than Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's all season long, until Week 17.

Bonus reading

Not reading, but viewing. Jonah Javad of WGRZ-2 in Buffalo conducted an interview with Spiller where the running back shared some deep thoughts on SpongeBob Squarepants.

Check back every morning as we reveal one player a day on our way to No. 1 in the top 25.


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Erik Frenz delivers analysis of the biggest news with the Patriots, including insight into the AFC East and New England's biggest rivals from a Patriots perspective. Erik is an interactive writer who engages his audience in his posts’ comments sections and on Twitter. Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions. More »

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