Hey there Buffalo fans! I am a staff writer for the Oakland Raiders sister site on SB Nation, Silver and Black Pride (S&BP). I wanted to come over and talk to you guys and gals about one thing: CJ Spiller.
I am so happy to see the Bills young running back breakout big in the early parts of this season. The shiftyness and the toughness that he has displayed this year is truly a thing for kids to emulate. CJ Spiller has been through a lot of lows in the NFL in the early part of his career and to see him steadily wade through it has been a joy to watch. His emergence this year is a great thing for the NFL and I really hope his shoulder injury will not derail his feel good story.
The reason for me, a die hard Raider fan, to have been so impressed with Spiller this year is pretty easy to explain. Its because of how much his path has been similar to the Raiders own Darren McFadden. After a couple years of not as good as expected play McFadden broke out big time in his 3rd year and that is what the National Football League has seen out of CJ Spiller this year. Suddenly it really seems to have clicked for Spiller in the same way it had for McFadden. Unfortunately the other way he has mirrored DMC is with untimely injuries. Thankfully the shoulder injury Spiller is going through didn't make him miss last week's game but there was a noticeable effect from it.
Last year when the Raiders played Buffalo, in what was their most heartbreaking loss of the year for me, S&BP had a number of Bills fans visiting. Not only did your fans that visited earn my respect with their classy and good natured football talk but they also said to watch for the similarities between the under performing CJ Spiller and the Raiders Darren McFadden. They absolutely were correct.
I sincerely hope Spiller continues his progress. He is a fun player to watch and a real weapon for the Bills. Your team is a staple of the NFL and I would really enjoy seeing you guys make a playoffs run. Its great to see small market teams do well and I wish you good luck in the rest of the season!