The Buffalo Bills had one of the best rushing attacks in the league last season, but that didn't stop them from bolstering their backfield in an attempt to get better.
The Bills added Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon to a backfield that already featured Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller, though both are entering the final year of their respective contracts. Bills head coach Doug Marrone says he is not taking last season's success on the ground for granted and that the team always needs to get better.
"Just because we did some good things last year doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going to be able to do that again," Marrone told reporters after practice yesterday. "We still have to come in and commit to working hard and trying to establish that. It’s a new year, if you think you’re just going to roll out there and run the ball well, that couldn't be further from the truth. Every year you have to go back out and build a foundation, and it’s going to take a while. Today was the first day in pads, and this is something that will develop as we go along in camp."
The Bills are also likely concerned about the health of their running backs. Both Spiller and Jackson missed time last season, and the additions of Brown and Dixon will help with the depth of that position in the event one or both starting running backs.
Another issue is the contract status for both Spiller and Jackson. While Jackson will likely hope to finish his career in Buffalo, given his age, Spiller may look for a hefty payday. In today's league, running backs don't typically get the monster contracts anymore, unless their name is Jamaal Charles. The Bills could fear that Spiller may walk like Jairus Byrd did this offseason, and may be preparing for a transition.
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