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By Kevin Fishbain

This clearly has not been the breakout season some expected out of Bills second-year RB C.J. Spiller. Fred Jackson is putting up career numbers and his ability as a receiver and blocker makes it difficult for Chan Gailey to take him off the field. After four weeks of very minimal touches for Spiller, we saw Buffalo use him primarily as a receiver in Week Six. Spiller had five catches for 39 yards, catching each pass thrown his way.

"Now I've got an opportunity to get on the field and gain some trust and confidence with my playing style with the players around me," Spiller said last week.

Splitting Spiller wide as a receiver gets him in space, where he is at his best, and the bye week came at a good time to get him more acclimated with the position. We hear that Gailey wants to use Spiller to stretch the field horizontally, as the team is starting to realize that Spiller simply is not an every-down back, but is electric enough with the ball in his hands that he should be on the field. "His play (as a receiver) was encouraging," one source said.

The option of using Spiller as a receiver is another reason why the Bills haven't felt the need to make any veteran additions at the position with both Roscoe Parrish and Marcus Easley on injured reserve.

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