It's C.J. Spiller's time to shine

September, 10, 2012
9/10/12
2:55
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There is bad news and good news for the Buffalo Bills on Monday.

The bad news is Buffalo lost two starters for an extended period: Receiver David Nelson is out for the season with a torn ACL and tailback Fred Jackson will miss at least a month with a knee sprain, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

But the good news is backup tailback and former first-round pick C.J. Spiller is more than ready to be a focal point of Buffalo's offense. He was the biggest positive in the Bills' 48-28 blowout loss to the New York Jets this past Sunday. Spiller exploded for 169 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries when Jackson went down.

Spiller is entering his third season and this is his time to take over the offense. He's always had the talent but not the opportunity. That changed last season when Jackson went down with a knee injury and Spiller did a nice job to prove he's ready for a starting role.

Jackson is one of the leaders on offense. But Spiller is a bigger home-run threat who is more athletic and dynamic. Even if Jackson didn't get injured, many would make the case that Buffalo would be doing a disservice not to give Spiller a lion's share of the carries after his Week 1 performance.

Spiller has the potential to take over Buffalo's starting tailback job for good. Jackson has surpassed the infamous age of 30 for running backs and now he's injury prone. Spiller is in his prime.

Jackson is still good enough to add something to the Bills when he returns in a month or so. But it's time to pass the torch.

This is Spiller's time to shine in Buffalo.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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