In case you missed it last Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent RB CJ Spiller, formerly of the Buffalo Bills and other teams. After the signing, Spiller joined the Buffalo Bills website to talk about his decision sign with the Chiefs. Check out the video here and some highlights below.
What drew him to Kansas City
Spiller: They wanted me to come in for a workout a couple weeks ago. With my schedule, I had a lot of stuff with my daughter I had to get done so I was able to get this week where I was able to get out there. I went out here yesterday (Wednesday) and did the workout. I was pleased with it, they were pleased with it. I had a chance to meet the coaches and see the facilities. It felt like a real family atmosphere. I think with coach Reid leading the charge, it will be a great fit.
On finding a team in free agency
Spiller: You have to find the right spot that fits your style of play. A team that has all the pieces it needs to win. Kansas City was that team.
His role on the Chiefs
Spiller: I’m not sure. You want to go in and work hard and earn those reps and having a chance to go out and play. I’m gonna just do what I’ve always done my whole career, just work hard and let my practice habits and my game habits speak for itself. I really didn’t get a chance to sit down and identify what my role was. Like I said, I was just going in for a workout and doing all that stuff and taking a physical. It was a long day so we never really got a chance to talk about my specific role or what it could be. The only thing I’m concerned with is getting up there amongst the guys and getting to know them and them getting to know me.
Where does he see himself contributing
Spiller: I’ve been blessed with a unique skill set. Not just a guy that can run the ball, I can catch the ball out of the backfield, I can run routes, I can return it. It’s hard to say you’re gonna be an every down back when you can do multiple things. In today’s game, you need more than just one guy. I don’t think there’s too many guys that can say I can be an every down back because your body takes a beating. When you’re young, you don’t think about it but as you start to get older all those bruises and nicks that you weren’t thinking about when you were younger start to show itself. I think in today’s game you need more than one guy to carry the load. Coach Reid does a great job, you can go back to his time in Philly with (Brian) Westbrook and Deuce Staley and all those guys, he kept rotating guys in because he knows the importance of that position.
On whether he’s still one of the fastest players in the NFL
Spiller: Yeah, you know I’m still one of the fastest guys, come on now (laughing). I can still get up like a cheetah, stretch my legs real quick and I’m ready to run. The league is changing, guys coming in faster and faster each and every year. I’m not in the business of racing these young guys, I ain’t young like I used to be but I can still get up and go.
On Andy Reid
Spiller: His track record speaks for itself. The only thing I can do is control the stuff I can control and gain the trust and respect of the players and coaches. Once your number is called, it’s all on you to go out there and make plays. I’m going to continue to work hard and whatever they decide to do, that’s what I’ll go with.