Buddy Nix and the Bills have spent two draft picks on speedy type players in the past 3 drafts there were quite controversial. C.J. Spiller and T.J. Graham had a 56% and 49% respective approval poll from fans after the selections were made. While the Spiller and Graham selections have been debated ad nauseum the benefits these two players can have on the 2012 Buffalo's offense are plentiful.
Winning in the NFL is hard, winning when you have to methodically drive down the field every drive is even harder. NFL defenses are really good at finding tendencies and exploiting weaknesses in an offense. When you have to drive down the field methodically with 8 or 10 play drives the upper hand eventually goes to the defense. Think of the "bend but don't break" defense that generate turnovers based off of offense frustration and opportunity.
A quick strike offense is a great way to put pressure on the defense and also on the opposing teams offense. With Spiller and Graham Buffalo selected two players that can take it the distance anytime they touch the ball. Buffalo's already counting on Graham to be a deep threat that the Jets must account for in week 1 of the 2012 season. We all know that Spiller has the ability to take it the distance and we all saw a glimpse of what Graham can do in Friday's game against the Vikings.
There are other players that have quick strike ability that I don't want to leave out. Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Donald Jones all have shown the ability to add a quick strike dimension to the offense. Fred understands angles and how to get the most yardage out of a play. He's not the fastest player on the field but he has a great knack at getting the most out of a play. Stevie Johnson won't run away from anyone either but his unique route running allows him to get open against most corners for a quick strike. Donald Jones has shown more in the slot than he ever has on the outside. He's a good fit for the slot and has shown that he can also produce and score quickly from that position.
Chan's offense is built around spreading the ball around and getting the ball to play makers in space. Buffalo now has a plethora of quick strike elements in their offense to be a dangerous team at any point. With Jackson, Spiller, Graham and Johnson on the field all at the same time defenses are going to have to play a more conservative style once we starting hitting those quick strike plays. This should open up the offense even more and allow for a more potent offense in 2012.