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LaDainian Tomlinson to Bills running backs: Buckle up

PHOENIX -- What would LaDainian Tomlinson tell Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller about being a running back for Rex Ryan?

"Expect a lot of carries," said Tomlinson, who played his final two seasons under Ryan. Tomlinson is an analyst for NFL Network and is here to work the Super Bowl.

Tomlinson was rejuvenated under Ryan. He was a five-time Pro Bowler for the San Diego Chargers but got cut when he was 31. He gained 2,011 yards from scrimmage and scored nine touchdowns over his two Jets seasons.

"If you're a running back in the Buffalo Bills offense, you'll love it," Tomlinson said. "You're going to get plenty of touches, and think about this: Rex has always had two backs.

"He's going to rely on his defense to play really good football, get the ball back and play conservative offense."

The Bills are coming off their worst rushing season since the NFL went to 16 games in 1978.

Tomlinson added that the Bills can't saddle their running backs with their entire game plan.

"The defense will remain strong, but Rex needs to find a quarterback," Tomlinson said. "That's been the story of his career. If EJ Manuel is going to be the guy or they're going to draft someone ...

"But that's not his fault in New York. The last time I checked, the general manager makes the decisions."

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