C.J. Spiller does not even appear on Buffalo’s injury report this week. It’s the first time that has been the case since Week 5. As far as head coach Doug Marrone is concerned his feature back is “full go.” So could it mean more touches for the Bills speed back?
First and foremost Marrone stamped Spiller healthy on Wednesday, but also gave indication Spiller could see more work with the ball.
“I did talk to him again and asked how he felt and he said he felt good so that’s exciting,” said Marrone. ”As soon as someone comes off the injury report then I’m thinking he’s full go.”
If the four games prior to his high ankle sprain injury are any indication, Spiller’s opportunities with the football should increase. In the first four games prior to the injury Spiller averaged almost 19 touches per game between carries and receptions (18.75).
In the four games he played with the injury Spiller have just under 11 touches a game (10.75).
So how certain is Marrone that Spiller will see more of the ball?
“It all depends on how the game goes and how he’s going,” he said. ”The more we can get his hands on the ball there’s an opportunity for him to make a big play. That’s something that we’re always striving for.”
Here’s a look at Spiller’s touches in each game he’s played this season. He sat out the Week 8 game at New Orleans.
Week 1 – 17 carries, 5 receptions – 22 touches
Week 2 – 16 carries, 3 receptions – 19 touches
Week 3 – 10 carries, 1 reception – 11 touches
Week 4 – 23 carries, o receptions - 23 touches
Week 5 – 8 carries, o receptions - 8 touches
Week 6 – 10 carries, 2 receptions – 12 touches
Week 7 – 6 carries, 3 receptions – 9 touches
Week 9 – 12 carries, 2 receptions – 12 touches
Tags: C.J. Spiller, Doug Marrone
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