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|Knee - Out for preseason. Probable for start of regular season|
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Saints' Sean Payton confirms C.J. Spiller will be ready by opener
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(8/19/15) Saints coach Sean Payton confirmed running back C.J. Spiller, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, will be ready by the season opener. ESPN first reported the news about Spiller's status for Week 1.
Saints' C.J. Spiller has knee surgery, out for preseason
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(8/15/15) Saints running back C.J. Spiller had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, per ESPN.
Spiller is expected to be back in time for the team's opening game on September 13.
Saints RB C.J. Spiller has skill set to thrive in new offense
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(6/19/15) Saints running back C.J. Spiller feels in tune with his new offense, despite him just having become familiar with it during the offseason, per the Associated Press.
Spiller says he's always understood the concepts of the Saints offense because of a close relationship with some of their former running backs.
"Obviously, I've kept a close eye on this offense, dating back to Reggie, being friends with him, and then obviously knowing Darren Sproles, watching him, so I know what type of offense it is," Spiller said.
"Coach Payton's track record speaks for itself. He uses guys with our type of skill set. So to me, it's very friendly because you can be running the ball and then if you're blessed enough to have great pass catching abilities they're going to find ways to try to get you the ball in space."
The Saints will use Spiller's pass-catching ability out of the backfield this season, and it played a huge role in why the team sought him during free agency. It's something Spiller developed as a youth playing baseball.
"I kind of credit my pass-catching ability to going from catching a baseball to a football," Spiller said during Saints minicamp this week.
"It's a whole lot easier, so I take great pride in it. Any time I drop a ball, I'm very hard on myself because I know the work that I put in trying to make sure I catch every one."
Spiller has caught 158 passes for 1,195 yards during his five-year career.
Saints RB Spiller speaks of frustration about last years with Bills
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/17/15) Saints running back C.J. Spiller spoke of frustration at a lack of playing time with the Bills upon coach Doug Marrone's arrival, as well as optimism about his role with his new team.
Marrone didn't believe Spiller hit holes hard enough and felt the back lost yards trying to dance around in the backfield making a big play that wasn't there, according to the Buffalo News. When the Bills broke huddle in the red zone, he was generally on the sideline - and as far away from Marrone as possible.
"It was frustrating," Spiller told the News. "I'm not going to sit here and say I was happy about the situation because I would be lying. ... Like any competitor, you want to be on the field, trying to help your team win, trying to score touchdowns.
Spiller beleives he will receive a greater opportunity with the Saints, not only as a runner but as a pass receiver as well.
"I'm excited to get down to New Orleans," he said. "Coach (Sean) Payton knows how to get the ball to the running backs. ... At the same time, Drew (Brees) isn't going to force anything downfield, so he loves getting the backs involved in the passing game."
Sean Payton: C.J. Spiller the 'most explosive player on the field'
|by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst|
|(3/26/15) Saints coach Sean Payton is thrilled to have landed running back C.J. Spiller, who will team with Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson in one of the league's top backfields.
"I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out," Payton told The Advocate.
Spiller joined the Saints on a four-year, $16 million deal.
“His cutup is unbelievable,” Payton said of Spiller. ”And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.
“So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do. He’s physical, he’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him. … So he’s an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn’t any thought about and then after that first rush there was some interest and I think to his agent’s credit they looked at it from a how he was going to be used standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it and we feel the same way.”
|Hold off on the C.J. Spiller hype for now -- a mid-August arthroscopic procedure on his knee kept him off the field for training camp and all of his team's preseason games. That news trumps what was otherwise very bullish expectations after he signed with the Saints this offseason. After years of toiling in Buffalo, Spiller was (and still is) expected to serve in a passing downs role for New Orleans much like Darren Sproles did once upon a time. That should mean around 10 touches per week including many catches. Spiller had at least 33 catches a season from 2011-13 in a limited role as a receiver, so he should have the chance for at least double that for the first time in his career thanks to the offense he's in. Of course, it's all contingent on him getting and staying on the field. Your best bet is to draft him as a No. 3 running back in standard leagues with a pick starting in Round 7. In PPR leagues his catch potential should push him closer to the start of Round 6. Ultimately, it makes for a pretty good bargain since he was going as high as Round 4 before the surgery.
(Updated 8/19/15) |