Indianapolis Colts Football

SPILLER’S HOME RUN ABILITY HAS COLTS DEFENDERS ON NOTICE

Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 23, 2012 – 8:48 am

When C.J. Spiller touches the football on Sunday, Colts defenders know what how quickly the speedy Bills running back can change the course of a game.

A dual-threat back, Spiller is averaging 7.6 yards per touch on offense this season and leads the league with 6.6 yards per carry.

“I think he definitely falls into that category of shifty, speed, acceleration, 0-100 type guy,” Colts outside linebacker Justin Hickman said. “He poses a lot of problems. We are going to have to gang tackle and wrap him up.”

Spiller’s 109 carries for 723 yards makes up his 6.6 yards per carry average but he also has 31 catches for 336 yards on the season.

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called the Bills the best screen team in the NFL and Spiller is major component of Buffalo’s success in that area.

Hickman called Spiller a ‘home run threat’ at any time and defensive tackle Josh Chapman is impressed by the Bills running back’s ability to reverse fields.

“(Spiller) hits the gaps and makes the right reads,” Chapman said. “He’s one of those guys you have to play your gap and do your job because he can cut back into the gap and cut it across the field and make a big play.”

In his three seasons in the NFL, Spiller has set a Bills franchise record with 5.40 yards per carry (290 rushes for 1,567 yards).

Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was extremely complimentary of his running back and knows that if the Bills offense wants to become more consistent than Spiller must continue to get his hands on the football.

“If you get him (Spiller) out in space, he does a great job of setting up blocks. A lot of times guys will feel like they have an angle on him to take him down on the sideline and he will quickly prove to them that they do not,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I think the biggest thing with him is speed. He has so much confidence. That is the biggest thing I have seen in terms of his growth in the last few years.”

 


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