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Spiller Earning Praise For Kick Return Prowess

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Through his first four games as a professional football player, Buffalo Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller is making a very strong early impression as a kick returner. At the moment, Spiller is averaging 28.5 yards per return, good for fourth in the NFL among players with 10 or more returns to date. His 95-yard return score in Week 3 at New England is one of eight return scores through the quarter pole, and Spiller is one of six players to have hit pay dirt in a return capacity.

For his efforts, Spiller is earning some early praise.

ProFootballFocus.com has released its first All-Pro team, covering their highest-graded players at each position on the field through the first quarter of the season. Spiller is the team's kick returner, as Pro Football Focus has graded him as the league's best kick returner to date this year.

As a rookie in 2008, cornerback Leodis McKelvin was electric as a kick returner, averaging 28.2 yards per return and tallying one touchdown in that capacity. That year, McKelvin set a franchise record with 1,468 kick return yards. Should Spiller continue to serve as the primary kick returner - given his successes, he'd better - he's got a good chance to shatter that record. Given how poorly Buffalo's defense is performing, it's also quite possible that Spiller breaks the team record for seven games with 100 or more kick return yards in a season, currently shared by McKelvin and Terrence McGee. Spiller already has three.