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Best sees a Bills identity

Posted by Chris Brown on November 15, 2010 – 9:59 am

Lions RB Jahvid Best found very little room to run against the Bills defense Sunday and believes Buffalo has found an answer to their run defense issues this season.

“I think they definitely found their identity for this week,” said Best of the Bills. “They’ve been playing different kinds of defenses throughout the season but I think they found what they like to do now.”

Buffalo held the Lions to just 76 yards rushing on 26 carries (2.9 avg.) which is a season low for the Bills defense. They employed a mixture of a 4-3 and 3-4 front throughout the game, but the 4-3 look was more prominent on run downs.

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Why Spiller better than Best

Posted by Chris Brown on April 29, 2010 – 11:12 am

There was naturally strong support out west for Cal RB Jahvid Best as being one of the best backs in the draft. Some apparently even thought he was on a par with Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller. People in the know however, disagree and explain why.

Former NFL scout Dan Jeremiah, who runs his draft site (, was asked on his twitter account if he thought Best was a better back than Spiller. Then another tweeter followed up when Jeremiah said Spiller was better, forcing him to explain why.

MoveTheSticks: Reply Retweet    RT @_Ut_: j. best or cj spiller, stronger after initial contact?> Spiller is stronger

MoveTheSticks: RT @injuryexpert: How so? Equal in bench, equal in broad jump. Plus Best had more carries.> I go off the game tape, Spiller has more power.

Jeremiah’s last point is an important one, and it speaks to what Bills GM Buddy Nix was referencing on draft weekend after Spiller was selected. Nix stated that Spiller has the ability to run between the tackles and that part of his game should not be underestimated just because he’s 198 pounds. With 606 carries in his time at Clemson he was extremely durable and has a body lean and power to him that gets through would be tacklers inside. Best is primarily an edge player. Talented yes, but not quite as talented as Spiller.

What’s interesting is that Spiller and Best will face each other twice during the 2010 campaign. Once in the preseason (Sept. 2) and once in the regular season (Nov. 14). 

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RB Best’s interesting comment

Posted by Chris Brown on March 29, 2010 – 10:32 am

Cal RB Jahvid Best uttered the comment over a month ago at the NFL combine, but his statement about the Bills might be even more interesting now.

At the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month, Best was asked if he had sat down with any teams in need of running back help and this was his response.

“There’s a bunch of teams like the Eagles, the Bills are in the picture now, the Saints might be in the picture,” said Best. “There’s a lot of teams because there are a lot of running backs whose contracts are coming up. And then there’s a lot of teams that just need running backs, because running backs come in and out of the league every year now.”

Bills head coach Chan Gailey last week at the owners’ meetings in Orlando expressed an interest in acquiring a scat back type player in the draft that was small in stature, but very elusive. Best would be one of the prospects to fit that bill with 4.35 speed and the ability to make defenders miss, all packed into a 5’10” 199-pound frame.

“The guys that are coming out now, there’s a bunch of those 5-9, 185-pound or 195-pound, quick-as-a-cat water bugs that are running backs-slash-receivers that might give you a little bit of a punch on the field, maybe make a big play,” Gailey told ESPN blogger Tim Graham. “We’ve got to start to upgrade there in some way, shape or form.”

The only problem with Best is he is widely considered one of the top three backs in the draft with Clemson’s C.J. Spiller and Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews the only two prospects consistently ranked ahead of him. Best is forecast by most to be a late first or early second-round pick, but it’s not likely that Buffalo would use a second-round selection on a running back. They have too many other pressing positional needs. But they did speak with Best at the combine according to the dynamic prospect.

Buffalo seems more likely to add a third-down type back in the middle to late rounds.

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