We've spent our off-season talking about the poor rookie year that Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller experienced in 2010. We don't need to re-hash his lack of impact, nor the massive expectations he did not meet as a Top 10 pick. Optimism still exists, stronger in some people than others, and Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has upped the ante a little bit.
Using Houston running back Arian Foster as a template, Prisco has identified 20 candidates for a breakout year. The writer believes that all 20 of these players have an opportunity to earn their first Pro Bowl bid in 2011, and Spiller makes the cut.
"With a year under his belt, I think that speed shows up a lot more this season," writes Prisco. "Look for a 1,000-yard season from Spiller with a lot of big plays."
Heading into the new year (whenever it begins), Buffalo's offense looks like it'll be remarkably similar to the unit that played a year ago. If the offense is going to become more explosive, it'll take a player like Spiller coming into his own.