Inside The Bills

What Bills focus on most in run game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2012 – 10:22 am

There are a lot of elements to a successful rushing attack, but thus far this season the Bills have been focused on one area of their run game in particular.

It’s blocking downfield. Buffalo became a very good screen team in 2011 thanks in large part to improved timing and blocking downfield by the offensive linemen. They’ve made second level blocking by the linemen and downfield blocking by receivers and tight ends a major focus this season.

“That’s the main thing we’ve been trying to stress is blocking downfield,” said C.J. Spiller. “If you look at all the big runs in the NFL you see receivers and tight ends blocking downfield. That’s where it comes from. Everybody is doing their part and pitching in and I’m just trying to make the reads and be more decisive.”

Stevie Johnson had a big block downfield on Spiller’s 27-yard screen play along with Cordy Glenn and Chris Hairston had a pancake block on Derrick Johnson on Spiller’s big 38-yard run.

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