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Hackett: C.J. will get the ball a lot

Posted by Chris Brown on August 7, 2013 – 3:35 pm

We profiled the potential for C.J. Spiller to reach the rarely accomplished 2,000-rushing yard plateau in 2013 provided he stays healthy late last month on Buffalobills.com. We deemed it possible knowing how much Spiller was going to see the ball this season under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. Knowing how fast the offense intends to operate there will be more plays per game and Hackett reaffirmed his commitment to using Spiller as much as possible in a radio interview Wednesday morning.

Appearing on Bills flagship WGR Sportsradio 550 on the Howard Simon show, Hackett reiterated his intent to use Spiller until he can’t go anymore.

“It’s real simple we’re going to give him the ball until he throws up. He’s either got to tap out or throw up on the field. Let’s just put it that way,” said Hackett.

Hackett realizes opponents can game plan to key on C.J. and neutralize him by loading up the box, but that’s why Hackett is excited about the talent added outside at receiver. He believes it’ll help to keep opposing defenses honest.

“Any team that has ever watched him, you’ve got to stop C.J.,” Hackett said. “The great thing is we’ve got some awesome weapons on the outside. So if they want to stop that guy it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re going to be looking to not make (Spiller) a focal point. There are some ways that they can stop him. They can put everyone down in the box, so you’re going have to be able to attack in other ways, but I think it’s really exciting to see what’s happening outside for us.

“The happiest guys of them all is C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Those guys are happy to see the Stevie Johnsons and Woods and Graham and that little number 88.”

Hackett credits running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley with convincing him to dial up a good number of deep passes every game.

“He’s one of the dearest friends ever and he would tell me to throw the ball down the field and it will always help me out,” said Hackett of Wheatley. “So you have to take shots. He said he didn’t care if it was complete or not. So from that standpoint it became easier to call those. Obviously we do have some speed. Whether it’s completed or not it’s going to help 28 and 22. If you throw eight of them a game and you complete four of them that’s why I’d go to the games if I was a fan. You go to see C.J. Spiller break one and to see bombs.”


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