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High goals for Spiller in 2014

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills offseason conditioning continues at the team's facility, and running back C.J. Spiller is looking to return to form after an injury-related down year in 2013.

While Spiller played 15 games last season, he was hampered by an ankle injury.

He rushed for 933 yards, which was a disappointing follow-up to his breakout 2012 campaign of over 1,200. But Spiller says he's healthy and ready to prove the critics wrong.

"I won't forget what everybody was writing in the papers, so I'm ready," Spiller said. "I kind of got that fire burning inside ready to get back out there on the field."

"Should I have sat down? Was the 2012 year just a one year thing? But it is what it is. You guys (the media) get paid to do what you do, and I get paid to do what I do," he added. "So I'm going to be ready to go this year and hopefully I can back to that 2012 form."

Spiller enters the final year of his contract and negotiations haven't begun yet.

Part of the reason is because Spiller is still without an agent. He plans on hiring one soon and talking with other players, such as former Bill Jairus Byrd, to discuss how they handled impending free agency. But Spiller knows what he hopes the end result is.

"Not too many guys that can say that they played one career at one spot," Spiller said. "But at the same time, you got to be a realist with yourself and understand that this is a business as well."

"But my goal is, you know, I would love to stay here and finish my career. But who knows how it'll play out," he continued.

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Towson running back Terrance West visited the Bills Thursday.

Mosley is seen as one of the top inside linebackers in the draft and totalled over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons for the Crimson Tide. In three seasons, West tallied over 4,500 yards and 84 touchdowns.

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