Good morning Bills Nation,
Before the start of last season, there was no doubt who was the Bills number one RB. However, heading in to the 2012 season, the picture has become a lot more hazy. In the first half of this past season, RB Fred Jackson was on his way to a career year, he was even being mentioned as a possible Offensive MVP. Unfortunately, he suffers a season ending injury and 2nd year RB CJ Spiller steps in averages 5.2 y ards a carry; has 39 receptions and scores 6 touch downs. CJ finally showed what he's capable of and prooving that he needs to be a bigger part of the offensive game plan.
Now I didn't tell you guys nothing you didn't already know, but I wanted to lay the foundation for today's discussion. Do you feel like both of these players are going to be successful in Chan Gailey's system? If so, how so and if not why not? If you had to make a decision, which one would you rather have and why? Before you answer the questions, please consider the age, contract situation, and past history of this regime in regards to multiple back systems.
After the jump, there is some information that will help you make your decision.
|40 yard dash||4.27 Secs|
|Draft||1st Round Pick #9 2010|
|Contract||In year 3 of a 5yrs 25mil, 37.5mil w/ incentives, 20.8 mil in guarantees|
|11' Games Started||6|
|2011 Rush Stats||107 Carries, 561 yds, 5.2 avg 4 TD's|
|2011 Rec Stats||39 rec, 269 yds, 6.9 avg, 2 TD's|
|Strengths||Spiller is a super-explosive home-run threat with excellent speed. Has the vision and patience to find running lanes and the hands and body control to be an effective receiver. Possesses the foot quickness and agility to change direction on a dime and make people miss in space. Fiery kid who throws his body around and fights for extra yards.|
|Weaknesses||Lacks the bulk to be 20-30 carry back. Does not have the leg drive to be an effective short-yardage back. Dances too much in the hole and has too many negative plays. Struggles to sustain blocks in pass protection|
|Best Run||31yd TD vs Colts in Preseason|
|40 yard dash||4.6|
|Contract||In last year of a 4yrs 7.5mil, 2.25mil cap hit|
|11' Games Started||10|
|2011 Rush Stats||170 Carries, 934 yds, 5.5 avg, 6 TD's|
|2011 Rec Stats||39 rec, 442 yds, 11.3 avg, 0 TD's|
|Strengths||Jackson has the unbelievable ability to make people miss. Does a great job setting up blockers and exploding through the hole. Has great balance, and has great strength to break tackles. Has a great combination of size and speed. Is a great receiver out of the backfield and excellent in pass protection.|
|Weaknesses||Doesn't have the great long speed that you will see in some backs, but is quick enough and can break long runs.|
|Best Run||80yd TD vs Giants 2011|
So what do you think Bills fan? Can these two really co-exist? How do you really see this turning out?