Saturday, July 3, 2010
C.J. Spiller revved up for rookie season
Buffalo Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller made an "NFL Live" appearance Friday via satellite from Daytona, Fla., where he was grand marshal of the Subway Jalapeno 250 on the Nationwide NASCAR series.
He was the guy who belted: "Gentlemen, start your engines."
After the interview, studio analyst Darren Woodson professed his eagerness to see Spiller turn the ignition.
In the "Camp Crossfire" segment, Woodson and Marcellus Wiley debated who would have the bigger debut season between Spiller and San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews.
Wiley went with Mathews because Chargers coach Norv Turner already has committed to him being the workhorse. Woodson backed Spiller.
"The guy that's going to be the most exciting on the football field as a rookie," Woodson said, "is going to be C.J. Spiller up in Buffalo. The reason why is because Chan Gailey has come out said 'Hey, we're going to give him 12 to 15 carries this year, but he's going to make his huge impact is not only as a slot receiver, but in the return game.'
"That's where you're going to see C.J. Spiller become who he really is as a football player. By the end of this season, you better watch out. This guy might be rookie of the year."
On other topics the past couple days, Woodson also predicted New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson would be the biggest dud of 2010, but Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie would prove to be the biggest complementary acquisition of the offseason.