Posted on: July 10, 2010 2:28 pm
The Buffalo Bills surprised many with their selection of Clemson running back C.J. Spiller in the first round considering their already talented backfield and the number of otherwise gaping holes on their roster.
One of those gaping holes is at wide receiver. Terrell Owens, who led the team in both catches (55) and receiving yards (829) is gone. As is Josh Reed. Lee Evans remains a quality wideout on one side, but the club has yet to see a return on their investment in Roscoe Parrish or James Hardy.
The 5'11, 196 pound Spiller with 4.32 speed has the body control and quick feet necessary to gain separation and showcased reliable hands when used as a running back, wide receiver, punt returner and kick returner at Clemson.
Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey recognized Spiller's versatility recently.
"We can split him out and try to create a mismatch out wide," Gailey said. " ... It just creates a lot of matchup problems in our opinion with defenses. I know in talking to George Edwards, our defensive coordinator, he said every time you have a guy like that you better know where he is on the field, you better know what his assignment is and what he does from that spot. So we feel we have a chance to create some very good matchups in our favor with a guy like C.J." It isn't a surprise that Buffalo would use Spiller at receiver, necessarily. A similarly gifted athlete as Reggie Bush, many forecasted that he'd be used in a similar capacity as the New Orleans' Saints all-purpose dynamo.
Depending on how many times the creative Gailey moves Spiller wide, the former ACC Player of the Year could actually play a role more similar to the one Percy Harvin played with the Minnesota Vikings last year.
Posted on: February 25, 2010 12:19 pm
Those hoping that new Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey might offer up some insight as to where the team would be looking on draft day were disappointed with his non-specific answers.
"Every team in the league that doesn't have an All-Pro quarterback or somebody that got votes for All-Pro is looking to improve their position. I think if you look at every position on the field, you are always trying to upgrade your football team. We'll evaluate these guys, we'll continue to evaluate them. We'll evaluate what's available and if we can improve our situation, we'll try to do it. Everyone is trying to do that -- not just at quarterback -- but at every position."
When asked if he'd consider adding a veteran presence at quarterback, Gailey was at it again.
"I'm going to sidestep that, again, but again, we're always trying to improve our football team. If that will improve us, then we'll do it."
Gailey was similarly enlightening when later asked about offensive linemen, nose guards and pass rushers.
In a division featuring similarly media friendly personalities Bill Belichick and Tony Sparano, Gailey is going to fit right in...
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:45 am
As mentioned in a previous post, San Francisco GM Scot McCloughan and head coach Mike Singletary led off today's interviews.
They will be followed by: