Courtesy of the Buffalo Bills media relations department, here is the transcript from running back CJ Spiller’s press conference yesterday at One Bills Drive. With Fred Jackson out with a concussion, Spiller will (finally) receive the majority of the workload at running back.
Q: Are you ready to go, being the guy? You have been here before.
A: I’m ready. I’m not ready, (but) we still have a couple of days to prepare. But I am ready to be the starter. We had our playmaker (Fred Jackson) go down, so it is what it is. We will get him back hopefully soon, get ready and try to make a run while he is out. I have learned so much from him and I will try and take what I have learned from him and apply it on Thursday.
Q: The timing of this is that last year it was the Miami game when you took over when Fred got hurt. Here they are again. A year ago almost to the day nobody really knew if you were the guy to do this but you hadn’t shown it yet and then the last six games you blew up. Just talk about where you have come this year.
A: I have learned so much over the years. My first three years just about how to be patient, not try to get the 60, 70 and 80 (yarders) all the time and just taking the fives. And eventually the big ones will pop. That is the biggest thing and like I tell a lot of people this is my first true NFL off-season. My first year, I had to do the contract and last year we had the lockout. I think all the hard work that I have put in over the years is starting to pay off, but I am not complacent. I am going to continue to work at my craft and continue to get better. I am not doing anything different this year than I had done in the past.
Q: At various points we asked you about workload and you had indicated at one time that the more the ball is in your hands and a lot of running backs say this, there is a groove, there is a rhythm within a game. How much of that are you looking forward to that on Thursday?
A: You do get into a groove when you get the ball. A lot that is why I had said when Fred first came back we were doing a one series and I thought it wasn’t working. I think the two series was working better because we were able to get into a groove. In case you go three-and-out you still have a series to keep that groove going. But now that he is out this game it probably will be a different groove for me. But at the same time I’m not going to try to go out there and be Superman because I know that I have Tashard Choice that can go in there and spare me a couple of plays. That guy is ready to go and he comes to work every day. I’m going to go out there and give it my all while I’m out there, but if I need a blow or anything, I know that No. 20 can go in there.
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