“The ankle has been responding pretty well since the offseason started, being able to plant and cut, so I definitely feel that explosion coming back to how I was in 2012,” said Spiller, who's working out in California with quarterback EJ Manuel.
Spiller battled an ankle injury throughout the 2013 season and finished with 201 carries for 927 yards and two touchdowns and 33 catches for 185 yards. This was a significant drop-off from his performance in 2012 when he had more than 1,700 total yards and eight touchdowns on just 16 more total touches.
Spiller missed one game in 2013 with the ankle injury.
"I'm curious to see him when he's healthy and doesn't have those nagging injuries," Marrone said. "Those injuries kept him back a little bit. He was in a tough position. He wasn't in a position where he wanted to take a couple of weeks off. He's not that type of kid. He wants to play. He would feel like he would let down the team. He'd fight and come back every week and play. He's a playmaker, and we want to get him to make more plays."
Splitting carries with Fred Jackson, Spiller ran for 927 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games after setting season goals of 1,500 rushing yards and 15 total touchdowns. Spiller averaged 4.6 yards per carry, well below the 6.0 ypc he was aiming for.
Spiller bolted right for a 24-yard run in his team's first possession of the game, but followed with just 10 yards in his next six carries as backfield mate Fred Jackson heated up and carried most of the load.
But Spiller came on strong in the second half and finished with his fourth 100-yard performance of the season. He had 105 yards on 19 carries and added 28 yards on five receptions in the game. He ends the season with 927 yards on the ground.
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