Niagara Gazette


August 16, 2013

Bills' Spiller sets sights on 2000-yd season


Niagara Gazette — "We are going to give him the ball until he throws up," Hackett said during a recent interview on Buffalo's WGR-Radio. "So he has to either throw up or tap out on the field."

Spiller got a kick out of that comment.

"I don't think I'll throw up or anything like that," Spiller said. "But I'm going to be ready for the challenge."

Don't blink Friday, because Spiller and Peterson aren't likely to see much — if any — action in each team's second preseason game. Peterson didn't play in 27-13 loss to Houston on Aug. 9. And it's not yet been determined whether he'll face Buffalo tonight.

"To be honest with you, it really doesn't matter," Peterson said. "I'm going to be ready to play, coming out extra hard. So if I'm going to get reps in the preseason, I'm in for it. If not, I'll still be ready to go."

In Buffalo, Spiller's workload has been scaled back during the first three weeks of training camp. And he had four carries for 36 yards in two series in a 44-20 win over Indianapolis on Sunday.

"We can't show all of our arsenal," Spiller said. "But I'm pretty sure that once the season comes, we'll have a great game plan in how we'll utilize me and try to take advantage of my quickness and speed."

With Spiller and veteran Fred Jackson in the Bills backfield, running back is among the least of Marrone's concerns. The two ease the pressure on a team in the midst of a quarterback competition between veteran Kevin Kolb and rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel.

"I think everyone's aware of (Spiller's) talent. It's a talent that we want to be able to lean on," Marrone said. "When you have a young football team, and a quarterback competition, I feel very good that we have both C.J. and Fred back there."

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