I know, the headline may give some people the wrong topic to discuss. However, in all seriousness, am I the only Bills fan on here who sees that CJ only carries the ball in his right hand? Regardless of whether he is running the ball out of the backfield, returning kicks or running after the catch... he carries the ball exclusively in his right hand. That can potentially become a HUGE problem in the NFL. You can see in his highlight reel that his college opponents were already on to it and consistently attempt to strip the ball from him (a few times successfully). If the Bills' new staff know anything about coaching running backs, they better make sure this kid starts going everywhere with a ball in his left hand from Day One of his arrival in camp. Heck, I'd make sure he's doing it everyday before he gets to camp (because we all know our 1st round picks tend to sign late... good ol' Ralph and his bargain dealing).
Maybe some of you will debate this topic with me... but this really can become an obstacle to his success at the next level. I'm extremely excited about Spiller joining this team, especially for the years to follow after this season. However, no matter how fast he is, someone in the NFL will catch him (the college DBs in the videos were often able) and if they know that ball will always be on that side of his body... it spells trouble on plays down the left side of the field. For those who don't understand this concept, ballcarriers are suppose the keep the ball on the outside of their bodies (to reduce chances of being stripped by defenders). There are guys in the NFL, especially on Special Teams, who keep themselves in the league by providing the ability to strip balls away from playmakers. Often times, poor tackling DBs rely on this ability as well (albeit sometimes all too often, but that's a topic for another day).
Like I mentioned, I am thrilled with the addition of CJ Spiller as a new Buffalo Bill. I hope this issue never becomes a problem for him, but it is something he is going to need to learn how to do if he's truly going to become an elite NFL player. He will not be the first electrifying player with a need to overcome this tendency, but the coaching staff does need to address it from Day 1 of his career forward. Here's to hoping he corrects it quickly without a hitch... onward and upward with his career as a Buffalo Bill!