Bills coach Chan Gailey was quick on Monday to put an end to any rumors that C.J. Spiller was going to be handed the teams starting running back job, saying that there’s a long way to go before Spiller is going to be the starting back.
“We don’t know how that’s going to shake out.” With RB Marshawn Lynch (high ankle sprain) set to play in Thursday’s final preseason game after joining the team for a walkthrough on Monday and RB Fred Jackson (broken hand) planning to return for the team’s opener, Gailey has a wealth of options at the position. “We’ve got the luxury of three pretty good backs so, we’ll make that decision when we get closer there,” he said. “They may all be in there at the same time, you never know, on the first play of the game.” Spiller, the 9th overall pick in this year’s draft, has lived up to his hype so far this preseason. He’s recorded 122 yards and 3 TDs on 26 carries in 3 games, looking every bit as speedy and powerful doing it, as evident in a 31-yard tear vs. Indianapolis and an equally explosive 20-yard dash vs. Cincinnati last week. Still Gailey contends Spiller hasn’t shown him anything he didn’t already expect. “I think we had a pretty good idea of what he could do. To say that all he’s done is verify that would sort of be an understatement. I think we understood it and I’m excited about his year.”