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C.J.’s progress in pass pro

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2012 – 2:02 pm

As the 2012 season began head coach Chan Gailey was asked where C.J. Spiller improved his game the most from last season. Gailey’s answer was confidence and pass protection. At times Spiller has lost time on the field due to his pass protection skills, not because they’re bad, but because Fred Jackson’s were elite.

That according to head coach Chan Gailey.

“He’s done better as the season has gone along. He really has,” said Gailey in reference to Spiller’s pass protection. “The thing about it is we’re probably doing him a disservice because you compare him to Fred and Fred is one of the best if not the best in the league as a pass protector. So you want to take advantage of having one of the best in the league at that on the field and it’s not that C.J. can’t, it’s just that Fred was great at that.

“What you’re trying to do is making sure you’ve got C.J. enough reps where he’s a lot more comfortable in those situations because he is good. He’s not great yet. I think he’s got a chance to be better than he is and he’s getting better. But he’s good and can do the job. I’m not worried about that.”

Spiller will take on a greater role in pass protection now with Fred Jackson out for the season with a knee injury.

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