Bills' crowded backfield a good thing

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:05 PM ET

C.J. Spiller has been all flash and dash at Bills camp.

The rookie has three touchdowns and figures in many of Buffalo's new offensive schemes but he's getting company in the backfield.

There is still room for a primary rusher.

Marshawn Lynch, out since hurting his ankle Aug. 13, will play in the team's final pre-season game. And, while Spiller is a multi-faceted talent, Lynch hasn't necessarily dropped out of sight on the depth chart. The Bills need someone to do the heavy lifting.

With Fred Jackson's status for the beginning of the season unknown, Lynch should get a chance to share carries with Spiller in the season opener against Miami.

"We don't know how that's going to shake out yet. We've got the luxury of three pretty good backs," head coach Chan Gailey told the Buffalo News. "They may all be in there at the same time, you never know."

Jackson returned to practice yesterday after having the heavy cast removed from his left forearm and caught passes with only a wrap on his broken left hand. Lynch didn't seem bothered by his ankle.

For the Bills, who haven't had much to cheer about in a generation, it's all good news.


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