Spiller accepts challenge in speedy strides

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- No pressure or anything, C.J. Spiller.

The Buffalo Bills owner merely wants you to be the player who turns around the franchise after a decade of failing to reach the playoffs.

"You're going to be the No. 1 guy that gets us going," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said Friday afternoon, as he handed Spiller a ceremonial photo-op jersey with the No. 1 on it.

Wilson then looked into the crowd of reporters and added "You'll see."

The Bills ignored seemingly more pressing positional needs Thursday night, when they selected Spiller ninth overall. Spiller is a lightning bolt of an all-purpose back from Clemson who can run, catch and return kicks.

"The Buffalo Bills for the last 10 years -- and this is my fault -- we've been a dull team, really dull," Wilson said with Spiller at his side. "It's no fun to go out there. I said to one of our coaches a few years ago, 'You know, there's no excitement.' He said 'Listen, if you win, that's all that counts. Winning.' The only thing is, we didn't win much. But we're going to turn that around."

For the pick to be considered a success, he will need to demonstrate he's special enough to have been picked ahead of quarterbacks, offensive tackles and nose tackles rated among the top three at their positions.

Spiller said he wasn't fearful of the challenge.

"Pressure is when you don't prepare," Spiller said, "and I know I've prepared myself the best way to give this organization everything that I have. I know people are expecting a lot of things. My main thing is to go out there and work hard."

He later said of the Bills' decision to take him, "I won't let them down."

Spiller made his first contribution at Friday's news conference. He reached over to steady Wilson, the 91-year-old owner who wobbled when he got out of his chair too quickly.

Bills coach Chan Gailey noted Spiller's versatility will add new terminology to the playbook and claimed picking Spiller upgraded Buffalo's offensive line, too.

"One of our coaches made the statement, 'We not only got a back, we got better blockers' because great backs can get through smaller creases," Gailey said. "Great backs can get around the edge faster. So your blockers become a little bit better when you get a guy with speed like this.

"That's what he creates, and it is difficult for defensive coaches to try to defend that and all the other things hopefully we have in the offense at the same time, creating indecision for the defense."