C.J. Spiller Is Not Worried About How Many Carries He Will Receive And Is Humbled With Being NFL’s Leading RusherSeptember 20, 2012 – 8:30 am by Steven Cuce
C.J. Spiller has exploded onto the scene for the Buffalo Bills this season. After Fred Jackson strained his lateral collateral ligament during a Week 1 loss to the New York Jets, Spiller was given his chance to pick up right where he left off at the end of last season. This time around, the ninth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft made his mark. Spiller has rushed for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the first two games of the 2012 season.
The former Clemson Tiger is the NFL’s leading rusher this season and isn’t concerned about all the attention he is receiving. No. 28 may have finally proven he is a starter for good.
C.J. Spiller joined WGR in Buffalo with The Howard Simon Show to discuss all the new attention he is receiving as the NFL’s leading rusher, learning how to ‘run’ in the NFL, the moment he began to figure it out his rookie year and the possibility of getting more than 15 carries per game.
How are you handling all the attention?
“I am just staying humble with it, with the whole situation, because at any moment it can all be gone away and people could be telling me how bad I am, so I am not getting caught up with all the hype that is going on the outside. It’s a blessing to be able to do different interviews, but at the same time I am not getting caught up in the moment because there is still work for improvement for me and our team, so it’s good we are getting a good running game going so far. But at the same time there is still improvement to be done.”
Do you have a better feel now on how to run in the NFL?
“Without a doubt. I think when I finally took over those last six games of last year I just started to understand just getting north and south would be better than getting negative plays for our team. That would work in my benefit because teams wanted me to go east and west, so they can try to rally around me. Once I learned to do that I thought I became more of a true NFL runner, but I am still learning. I am going to still continue to learn throughout my career of where to go and how things are going on both sides of the ball and understanding what they do throughout the course of the game and understanding why we are calling up certain plays. That’s the biggest advantage I am having so far, plus my offensive line doing a great job leading up to the week of preparation.”
You talked about running north to south. Does a running back have a lights-on moment in his rookie year?
“I guess you could say that. When you come in as a rookie everything is thrown at you, especially being a high draft pick and having all the expectations. I’m not saying I didn’t have high expectations. It’s all about learning the game, the NFL game at this level. I think that took some time. Probably longer than what I expected, but I am glad I did. I’m glad that I was able to be patient and I think it is starting to pay off.”
Would you like more carries right now? Is 15 carries enough? What are your thoughts on the work load you are getting?
“I’m fine. As long as we win on Sundays and do those necessary things. I never get caught up into how many carries. Coach Chan Gailey does a great job of dialing up some great plays throughout the game. So however many carries? That’s up to him. Only thing I can do is take advantage of how many carries he does give me. The ones he doesn’t give me, I still have to go hard on that play. Whatever that number is, that’s what we’ll go with.”