C.J. Spiller: The Next CJ2K?
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There have been a total of seven 2,000-yard rushers in NFL history including three of them in the past decade: Jamal Lewis (2003), Chris Johnson (2009) and most recently (and impressively) Adrian Peterson (2012).
When Johnson eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark, he also set the single-season record for most yards from scrimmage. After that season, Johnson was often referred to as "CJ2K" (until that was modified to CJ1K or CJ?K).
Based on a post today from Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com, there may be reason to believe in the potential for a new CJ2K.
Of course, that "CJ" would be C.J. Spiller, who had a breakout season for the Bills last year with a total of 1,703 yards from scrimmage and averaged 6.01 yards per carry.
While it's widely expected that Spiller will see a significant bump in carries from his relatively low total (207) last season, Brown writes the following:
"Last year Buffalo ranked 28th in the league averaging 61.4 plays per game. New England led the league with a mark of 74.3. At Syracuse Hackett’s offense averaged 79.1 and in college it should be noted there are more clock stoppages on out of bounds plays.
"Still, in its ideal form Buffalo’s offense is expected to afford the playmakers in their offense significantly more opportunities to make plays and gain yardage. Spiller could arguably touch the ball 30 times a game if the offense is operating efficiently. In that same game Fred Jackson could conceivably touch it 20-25 times and Stevie Johnson could make 10-15 catches."
In my latest fantasy football rankings, Spiller is my fourth-ranked running back.