Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Time for Bills' RBs to get more carries
By James Walker
The Buffalo Bills were in the experimental phase with their starting offense in the preseason opener. Buffalo passed the football 14 consecutive times with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick using a no-huddle offense.
It was a good time to test a new wrinkle. However, there were two casualties with this strategy: running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Neither tailback got any carries last week for Buffalo. The Bills should give Jackson and Spiller plenty of work Friday against the Minnesota Vikings. They have the potential to be one of the top one-two punches at running back in the AFC. Jackson is coming off a season-ending leg injury and needs to round back into pre-injury form. Spiller has received limited carries as a backup in his three-year career.
Backup quarterback Vince Young was Buffalo's leading rusher in a 7-6 preseason opening loss to the Washington Redskins. Third-string tailback Tashard Choice got the most carries (nine).
It's time to give Jackson and Spiller a little love this week. This is the strength of Buffalo's offense this year, and the Jackson-Spiller combo needs to be sharp for the regular season.