Bills head coach Doug Marrone said a couple of months ago that he would like to use running back C.J. Spiller in all types of situations, including down by the goal line. But it appears the first-year coach also wants a player he can formally call his goal-line back. Marrone said Monday that the team is "still trying to find that role."
If the day's intrasquad practice was any indication, Spiller's goal-line touches may be few and far between. The Bills ran four series down by the goal line, the first of which was converted by 235-pound rookie Kendall Gaskins. Then veteran Tashard Choice came onto the field and scored in two of the final three series.
Tashard Choice is still in the NFL? Man, could have fooled me. The Bills really struggled deep in opponents' territory last year, scoring just five rushing touchdowns within the 10-yard line. Choice is wider than Spiller or Fred Jackson , but he has proven that bigger is not always better by the end zone. Hopefully Marrone sticks to his earlier words about treating Spiller as a complete player. He doesn't have a big build, but he's the team's best offensive weapon by a large margin. If the Bills want to score points -- no matter the on-field scenario -- their best bet is to give it to Spiller.