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CJ Spiller: I’m Still a Tiger at Heart

Hey Bills fans!

For those who follow me on twitter, you know how big of a Clemson fan I am.

Every time you can see your alma mater do well it’s great. I know a lot of the guys that are still on the team and of course with the coaching staff – they helped me out both on and off the field. To see them be successful now means a lot … and it gives me bragging rights in the running back room.

I keep in touch with the Clemson guys – coach Swinney and I communicate when we can. Coach sent me a text after the game Sunday congratulating me on a career day (I was even nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week!). Whenever we have a bye week, I usually try to get down to Clemson to catch those guys and hangout. It’s good to see some old faces.

As far as trash talking and bragging rights go, we’re all pretty even. Corey McIntyre has the bragging rights on me right now because his West Virginia team dismantled mine in the Orange Bowl last year. But right now, Clemson is 2-0, Fred Jackson’s Coe College team is 2-0 and West Virginia is undefeated … so we’ve been taking it pretty hard on Tashard Choice (Georgia Tech) because his team lost.

Next week when we’re on prime time TV I need my Tigers to come through because I’ll never hear the last of it after the game!

CJ Spiller: Looking to build on 2011

ImageHey fans!

Welcome to my blog, where I’ll be sharing some photos, videos and thoughts with you throughout camp as this year gets going. I’ll be asking to hear from you later, but you can always catch up with me on Twitter @CJSPILLER.

Every season is its own new thing, but each of my three with the Bills have been very different. After Clemson and the Draft led into my rookie season, last year we had the lockout. This year though, we had a more traditional offseason and I hope it helps us build on some of the good things we did in 2011.

The main difference from this year to last year was that we didn’t know when the season was going to start and when the lockout was going to end. All of us wanted to work hard but we had to be careful not to go all out and not have anything left for the season. It’s been beneficial to have a “traditional” offseason, especially for me. I can tell after doing my own stuff and being with the team during OTAs and minicamp – I’ve been able to get into the playbook and get back to being familiar with the terminology. Getting out there and running routes and running plays has made a big difference.

I don’t really have anything special that I have to have with me during training camp, but I did bring my TV and PlayStation. I play video games every now and then, but not like some of the guys. I brought some movies as well, but training camp for me is mainly getting away, getting into the playbook and getting my mind ready for the season and trying to build from where I left off last year.

I tell people all the time that last year is gone for me – I did a good job of trying to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented, but this year is totally different. I want to try and improve the things that I didn’t do well, while making the things I did do well better, too.

After every season I go back and look at all of my runs and pass protections – both the good and the bad – just to see what I can do better.

That’s all for now – go Bills! 

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