Tag:C.J. Spiller
Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:36 pm

Only seven to go

And now they’re down to seven. Seven unsigned first-round draft picks, of course.

Now that, as the San Diego Union-Tribune reports this afternoon, No. 12 pick RB Ryan Mathews has signed a five-year, $26.65 million deal ($15 million of which is guaranteed) with the Chargers, 25 of the 32 first-round selections are officially members of their respective squads.

Those missing in action (or, more accurately, those who haven’t come to terms): No. 2 DT Ndamukong Suh of Detroit; No. 6 OT Russell Okung of Seattle; No. 9 RB C.J. Spiller of Buffalo; No. 10 DT Tyson Alualu of Jacksonville; No. 21 TE Jermaine Greshman of Cincinnati; No. 26 NT Dan Williams of Arizona and No. 31 DE Jerry Hughes of Indianapolis.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 3:51 pm

Fred Jackson upsets his son in TV dispute

F. Jackson and his son, Braeden, are on the outs because of a big-screen TV theft (Getty). Bills WR Fred Jackson spoke to the media today as he reported to training camp, and in his comments, he touched on the loss of former Buffalo WR Terrell Owens, the status of rookie RB C.J. Spiller (hint: he’s not there) and on the vibe brought by new coach Chan Gailey.

But that wasn’t what was newsworthy. Nope, what’s newsworthy – at least to Jackson’s 3-year-old son Braeden – was that Daddy took his TV away from him and put it in his temporary dorm room.

“I’ve got to have a big screen TV,” Jackson said. “That’s the first thing I carried in. It was my son’s TV and he just realized that I brought it here. The whole conversation while I was walking down the hallway was like, ‘Well, you’re taking my TV.’ I had to explain to him that Daddy’s going to borrow it for a about a month or so. Then he tells me I better bring it back."

So, how is Braeden dealing with his sudden loss?

“He just kind of understands that it’s a battle he’s not going to win,” Jackson said. “He’s just dealing with it now.”

To add insult to injury, Braeden had to help his father move in to training camp.

“He wasn’t too excited about that either,” Jackson said. “I had to promise him I’d take him to get something to eat at his favorite place, which is McDonalds. So, he’s doing that right now. Hopefully I can keep him moving and we can keep things flowing pretty easily, and he can get over me taking his TV from him.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:52 pm

No Spiller would be a problem for Bills

C. Spiller after Buffalo selected him in the first round (Getty) The Buffalo Bills rushed to take Clemson RB C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick in the NFL Draft, and since they already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch on the roster, some observers thought the club had reached too far with its first-round pick.

Now, the Bills could start seeing some of the fallout from that pick. Though he didn’t come right out and say it, Spiller, in an interview with the Sporting News’ Clifton Brown , alluded to the possibility of missing parts of training camp because of a contract hold-out.

“I let my agent handle all of that,” he said. "We're not going to rush. We're going to make sure we cross our T's and dot our I's, however long the process takes. I just have to be patient. I can't get antsy about the situation. I've talked to a lot of veteran guys. My teammates aren't concerned about me holding out. They know that I want to be there, but at the end of the day it's a business. You have to do what's best for your family. It was good to get that support from veteran guys already — before negotiations have heated up.”

What will this mean for the Bills?

Considering how bad Buffalo’s offense could be, I’d say it’s very important the Bills get Spiller signed before training camp begins. Jackson would be fine as the No. 1 RB – he was a 1,000-yard rusher last season, though he only scored twice – but Lynch seems to be out of favor with the squad. The team doesn’t know who its starting quarterback will be, though I’d put my money on Trent Edwards, and aside from Lee Evans, who in the heck is the quarterback going to throw to on a regular basis? They need Spiller, because he, perhaps more than anybody else, has the ability to provide some offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:02 pm

Lynch returns to practice

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch participated in practice today for the first team this offseason, and after he was asked what had taken him so long to pull on a uniform, he told reporters he was having too delightful of a time not wearing pads. It’s not that Lynch – who might not be any higher than third on Buffalo’s depth chart behind Fred Jackson and first-round pick C.J. Spiller – wants to be traded. Nope, he was just chilling out.

"I was just enjoying, what they call it, the offseason,” said Lynch, who finally met with new coach Chan Gailey on Monday for the first time. “Kicked back at home, but still getting in the necessary work for me to come back and be able to produce.''

I guess, we’ll see about that last part. If Lynch even makes the 53-man roster, he might have a tough time convincing the coaches he should have the chance to produce.
--Josh Katzowitz

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