Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller is primed for a breakout year in the NFL following his promising campaign in 2012. Spiller accounted for almost 1,700 total yards for the Bills with over 1,200 on the ground. However the opportunity came because Fred Jackson experienced the most injury plagued season of his career.

There is no doubt Spiller is one of the most electrifying players in the league, demonstrating a burst that makes defenders look silly. Once Spiller gets into the open field he is reminiscent of OJ Simpson with his ability to go all the way.

Fred Jackson on the other hand is a bit more workman like although he too had big play capability prior to last season. The question is can Jackson return to that form ever again?

Fred Jackson has averaged 4.5 yards a carry over his career with Buffalo with 19 touchdowns. Spiller has averaged 5.3 yards a game thanks in large part to his 6 yards a carry average last season. Spiller is faster and Jackson more capable to take the ball inside in short yardage situations. Together they make a great one-two punch, but rarely have shared the same back field.

Coach Doug Marrone has indicated he could have the pair in the back field together, but time will tell. Certainly the Bills are in an enviable position if Fred Jackson can return to his 2011 form.

Last season Fred Jackson was the starter, but he suffered a knee injury in game one and was never really the same the rest of the way. This year Spiller should be the starter with Jackson contributing and ready to carry the load should his number get called. The NFL is a league where no one goes 16 games without some form of injury that affects playing time and production.

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