Bills have a not-so-secret weapon

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

The Buffalo Bills will be using the wildcat this season.

It will feature C.J. Spiller.

But don't tell anyone.

It's supposed to be a secret.

When the club practiced the play this week, team officials citing team policy told reporters they couldn't film or describe the formations and plays or report which player lined up behind centre because it might tip off opponents. That, club officials said, would be "harmful for competitive purposes."

The Bills aren't fooling anyone.

Every team with the Bills on their schedule already knows that with Spiller's dynamic potential and first-year coach Chan Gailey's reputation as an offensive innovator, it is a case of when they use the wildcat, not if they'll use it.

Gailey won't say how often he intends to run the wildcat but they practiced it often during several portions of practice Monday and Tuesday before closing training camp. Quarterback Trent Edwards was more forthcoming about Spiller.

"It's just another weapon that we have that we can put C.J. in the backfield, direct snap to him and put a lot of pressure on defences," Edwards said.

The Bills offence could use some spark, failing to finish no better than 25th in yards gained each of the past seven seasons.


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