The expectations for top pick C.J. Spiller were understandably high after he was taken ninth overall and had a college highlight reel than ran longer than a network sitcom episode. So with questions surfacing as to why Spiller hasn’t had a bigger impact offensively as a rookie, Chan Gailey went about explaining the situation.
“C.J.’s a very talented young man, as we all know,” Gailey said. “He’s a much better runner outside than he is inside, which I think all of us thought that when he came out. We’re trying to run him just enough between the tackles when he’s in there and he’s still learning blocking schemes.
“This is so totally different for him, [with] what we’re doing and compared to what he did in college. He’s still learning how to run and read creases and be able to know whether to cut it up or bounce it out – things like that.
“Unfortunately, with young talented guys like this we all want them to be unbelievably great right off that bat and that’s not fair to them. Give the guy a chance to learn.
“As I’ve said 100 times, I think he’s going to be a dynamic player for us before it’s over with. We’ve just got to keep getting him in the right spots, letting him learn and he’ll be just fine.
Gailey did not deny that there are some lessons that Spiller still has to learn, but the Bills head coach has not wavered in what he believes the dynamic back will be in time for Buffalo.
“Ball security is something he’s got to learn and pass protection is something else he’s got to learn,” said Gailey. “Those are two big things. So, he’s got a lot on his plate right now trying to learn about this game, but I think he’s going to be a really good player before it’s over with.”
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