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C.J. Spiller says he’s healthy and ready to flourish for Saints

By: Josh Alper, Pro Football Talk


The Saints signed running back C.J. Spillerlast year to provide a complement to Mark Ingram in their backfield, but Spiller didn’t wind up doing much for the team.

Spiller played in 13 games, ran the ball 36 times and caught 34 passes out of the backfield during a season that ended early when he went on injured reserve because of a knee injury. The knee was an issue throughout the season and Spiller says it left him without “that explosion that I’m known for.”

Things have been looking better this offseason. Coach Sean Payton said the back looks “noticeably different” and Spiller is predicting big things for the fall.

“When I’m 100 percent and able to do what I’m able to do, I know I can flourish in this offense,” Spiller said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “This offense is built for my type of skill set. I wouldn’t want to be in any other one — a great head coach that knows how to put players in position to make plays, and then you’ve got a quarterback that’s a future Hall of Famer, that knows how to win matchups and to take advantage of each and every play. I’m just happy that I have a chance to revamp or redeem myself and give this team hopefully 100 percent.”

Injuries were also an issue for Spiller during a forgettable final year in Buffalo, so it has been a while since we’ve seen a steady dose of the athleticism that Spiller flashed early in his career. It’s return would benefit both the Saints’ offense and Spiller’s chances of sticking around for the rest of the four-year deal he signed in New Orleans.

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