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!