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Spiller lined up at WR unlikely

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2013 – 9:59 am

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Bills RB C.J. Spiller has not seen the majority of the work at running back since Week 4, due mainly to injury. Now healthy Spiller’s workload hasn’t increased much. With Buffalo down bodies at receiver however, might he be a consideration to line up at wideout this week?

Bills head coach Doug Marrone was asked that very question in his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning. By the sound of Marrone’s answer, Spiller won’t be a consideration to help fill the void at receiver.

“Put him at wide receiver,” asked Marrone upon hearing the question. “Well I think in the backfield it’s much easier to hand him the football than it is to throw him the football, especially vertically down the field. Intermediate throws I have no problem, screens, intermediate routes, but it’s really difficult to push that ball downfield to running backs at any position. The only route that backs run that push vertically down the field that you see in offenses in this league, and you see this with Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush, are wheel routes.”

Marrone said with Robert Woods out and Stevie Johnson iffy that they will go into the game with four receivers if necessary and make use of their three tight ends to supplement the receiving corps.

UPDATE:

C.J. Spiller has lined up at wide receiver in the past. Back in 2011 when injuries ravaged the receiver position, the feature back lined up out wide and had five catches for 39 yards against the Giants in Week 6. Defensive backs played off in coverage for fear of getting burned deep by Spiller and Ryan Fitzpatrick hit him with a lot of underneath throws since he had so much room to work.


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