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Whitner on Bills running backs

Posted by Chris Brown on October 4, 2012 – 5:44 pm

Donte Whitner may not have known just what he called Fred Jackson when he used the term, but it certainly wasn’t complementary. And he seems to think that C.J. Spiller is not an inside runner.

Here was Whitner’s description of Jackson as a back, which was inaccurate and a bit insulting.

“Fred Jackson he’s a guy that played in every football league imaginable,” said Whitner. “Arena football, Canadian football, any type of football he played. He’s a journeyman type guy. He’s a guy that came in and was on the practice squad, played a little bit, started, started making plays and he’s arguably one of the best players on their offense.”

So while in one breath he complements Jackson as being one of the team’s best offensive players, calling him a journeyman is an insult and he did not play in the CFL.

Whitner’s comment concerning C.J. Spiller however, is unmistakable.

“C.J. Spiller he’s a speed guy,” said Whitner. “He doesn’t really want to go between the tackles and the middle of a defense. He wants to bounce outside and use his speed.”

Spiller has a team-leading 41 carries this season and Buffalo has run the ball up the middle more than in any other direction this season (37 plays) and they’ve gained 7.19 yards per carry up the middle, which ranks second in the NFL. Hopefully Spiller has an opportunity to run it up the gut and meet Whitner one-on-one in the secondary.

More on Whitner’s comments tonight on the John Murphy Show from 7-9 pm on WGR Sportsradio 550.


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