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C.J. Spiller named Bills' starting kick returner

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:10 AM
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Pos: RB   Height: 5-11   Weight: 195   Hometown: Lake Butler, FL (Union County HS)  
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The Buffalo Bills' depth chart was released earlier in the week and it has C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
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as the starting kick returner for Week 1 of the NFL season.

In 2013, the Bills were very pedestrian in the return game (29th in KR average). Spiller has not returned a kick for the Bills since 2011.

The former Clemson standout spoke about getting the opportunity to return kicks again: “You want to make sure the carburetor doesn’t get too clogged up. We’re dusting things off and making sure we have everything tuned up. I hadn’t done it in a while so we just want to make sure that it’s still there. It’s like second nature because I’ve done it so much my whole career. It comes naturally to me.”


Bills' head coach Marrone talked about Spiller possibly getting injured returning kicks: “I look at it as how many guys have been injured returning the football compared to people injured with the ball being handed off to them,” said Marrone. “I don’t view it as much of a risk as some people would. I could understand why people could see that because of the distance and the way people are running down the field. But again I don’t look at it that way. As much as we can get our playmakers out there whether it be punt returns or kickoff returns we have to make sure we explore that.”

ICYMI Video: C.J. Spiller return TD vs Boston College in 2010.


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