Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller said last year that his goal for the 2012 season was 1,300 yards. He came incredibly close to hitting that number on the money with 1,244 yards last season.
So with reports that Spiller could touch the ball thirty or more times a game, fans and fantasy football owners want to know what mark he has his eyes set on in 2013. Spiller says there is a number, the only problem is that he is keeping it to himself.
“I do have a number. I’ll share it after the season, after hopefully the confetti is falling down on our head,” Spiller said via The Buffalo News. “But I do have a number in my head. I always make one. I think you should write down your goals in order to be great. In order to achieve things, I think you have to write them down and challenge yourself. I think it’s a challenge for me to see where I’m at. I’ve got different categories I want to achieve and I’ll keep it at that. But that ultimate goal is to hold up the Vince Lombardi Trophy.”
Let’s do some guess-work or projecting here. If we take 30 carries over 16 games that is 480 touches. If we take his career average of 5.4 yards a carry, he’d rush for roughly 2,592 yards.
That is likely to not be the case of course, for multiple reasons. Some of the touches will likely be receptions out of the back field and as the focal point of the running game he will probably receive more attention and won’t be able to duplicate those 5.4 yards per cary number.
I don’t think it’d be far out to look at 1,500 yards, however. If he isn’t saying it could be because his goal is extremely lofty, say 2,000 yards?
Last season he carried the ball 207 times for 1,244 yards and caught the ball 43 times for 459 yards.