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No suprise: C.J. Spiller loves giving up No. 1 for Sammy Watkins


C.J. Spiller bleeds orange, purple and white as much as he does the Buffalo Bills' blue, red and white, so it's no surprise he loved the trade that brought Clemson receiver Sammy White to town in exchange for a 2015 No. 1 draft choice.

Spiller was a senior at Clemson when Watkins made his recruiting visit to the South Carolina university. Asked if he would have pulled the trigger on the deal, Spiller said: "Yeah, without a doubt."

Spiller said he knew the deal was coming just before it was announced on draft night. He would not say if Bills President Russ Brandon tipped him off.

"I had some inside info, but I can’t share with y’all guys then you’ll get it back to Russ," he said. "I had some inside info on what we were about to do. It was a great night to be a Buffalo Bill and a Clemson Tiger. It was a great draft overall. All the guys we drafted I think are going to help us."

"I remember they brought him in, and they were talking about him a lot," Spiller said of Watkins visit to Clemson as a high schooler. "I was familiar with him before he got to Clemson. Once he got there I followed his career and he did a great job. He’s very crisp with his routes. He’s always working on his game. You hear the stories. When I went back to Clemson, you’d hear the stories on how hard of a worker he is. When you get around him you actually see it. After practice if he’s not running through his routes, he’s walking through it and getting mental notes. That speaks volumes for his character and how he wants to be great."

Spiller is hopeful Watkins helps take some of the focus of defenses off the Bills' running game.

"Obviously if those guys go out and make plays a team’s not going to be able to stack eight in the box," he said. "Once those guys start to make plays week in and week out, I think it will loosen up the box. But for the most part teams are going to continue to stack it. We were the No. 2 rushing team in the league. So they’d be foolish not to stack it."


  • RedNeck Rocket

    I wonder what CJ's thoughts on Chad Kelly are?

  • Hal Jam

    Sammy Watkins is a future Hall of Famer. Great move BILLS!

  • Paul Bruhns

    I'm not really great at any sport, but I hear this time and time again about the great ones.. they work the hardest!

  • philip

    all depends on who is throwing the ball and the guys protecting him... how good is that O-Line??? How good is Manuel??? Well see but its gonna take a lot to fall into place

  • Robert

    "Soit's no surprise he loved the trade that brought Clemson receiver Sammy White to town in exchange for a 2015 No. 1 draft choice." ..... How do you write as a profession and not even provide a correct name of Sammy WATKINS in the first paragraph

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

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