Inside The Bills

Nix sees Spiller progress too

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2011 – 11:37 am

On the home page of today (Wed.) we profile the progress C.J. Spiller is demonstrating early in his second NFL season. His production on Sunday, with three of his four carries going for 10 yards or more (12, 18, 26) has Bills GM Buddy Nix encouraged about what’s to come down the line.

Personnel bosses are typically more patient than fans with top draft choices, which is why Nix when addressing the Monday QB Club earlier this week explained how the deck is often stacked against high draft picks.

“Nobody drafted in the top 10 can ever live up to the expectations of the fans and the media,” said Nix in reference to Spiller. “You can’t do it. It’s impossible. You get too much money and everybody expects too much. That being said we did get C.J. a little more involved (last Sunday).”

To further his point, Nix pointed to Oakland’s top back, who trails Fred Jackson by just seven yards right now for the league’s top rushing spot thus far this season.

“That guy that ran up and down the field on us (Sunday), number 20, McFadden, was a “bust” for two years,” said Nix. “He didn’t play. He just didn’t adapt to the game. These running backs if they stay healthy and C.J. stays healthy, with the kind of kid he is, he’ll be a really good player for us. We’ll let Chan figure out where to use him.”

After rushing for just 856 yards and five TDs over his first two NFL seasons, McFadden had 1,157 yards rushing and 507 yards receiving on 47 catches and 10 TDs in 2010.

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