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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; The truth is that his knee was never right. Spiller, who had seemed like such a perfect fit in the Saints offense when he became the big offensive splash in free agency, instead sputtered to the least productive season of ...

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Old 06-11-2016, 10:13 AM   #1
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Healthy C.J. Spiller believes he can finally flourish

The truth is that his knee was never right. Spiller, who had seemed like such a perfect fit in the Saints offense when he became the big offensive splash in free agency, instead sputtered to the least productive season of his career.

“It played a big role, because of the style of play that I play, the cutting and stopping, I didn’t have that explosion that I’m known for,” Spiller said. “I tried to block it out as much as I could and give it everything I can. But the good thing is, it’s behind me now.

The road to recovery is looking very bright.” Without that lateral agility and quickness, Spiller never really got going.

Faced with a player who obviously wasn’t at full strength, the Saints decided to place Spiller on injured reserve with two games left in the year.

“It was a decision that had to be made,” Spiller said. “Obviously, you don’t want to get shut down at any time, just because I had just come off a season where a collarbone caused me to miss several games, so it is what it was. The coaches made that decision. I thought I was good. Full-go, straight-line I was good, but the cutting part, the stopping part wasn’t there.”

Spiller didn’t need any further work on his knee. It simply needed time to recover its strength. After an offseason spent in rehab, strengthening the knee and working on regaining his abilities, Spiller has looked like his old self on the Saints’ practice fields so far this summer.

“I’d say C.J.’s health and his movement skills look noticeably different,” Payton said. “He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee where he had his injury. That has been really encouraging.”

If Spiller can return to form, the Saints can get back to all the plans they had for him last season.

Ideally, Spiller’s the perfect satellite back, built in the Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles mold — a “joker-type” player in Payton’s parlance. When the Saints have a running back who can exploit matchups against linebackers and safeties underneath, quarterback Drew Brees can make him a star.

Spiller is ready to live up to the billing he received when he signed his four-year, $16 million deal last March.

“When I’m 100 percent and able to do what I’m able to do, I know I can flourish in this offense,” he said. “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.”

C.J. Spiller believes a clean bill of health will allow him to finally flourish in Saints offense | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana


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Will him being 100% again change the 6 inches between his ears is the question. I hope so.
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One can only hope...
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Will him being 100% again change the 6 inches between his ears is the question. I hope so.
Whats wrong with his brain?
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He's just NEVER healthy. Great talent. But, always a tease. 38 starts in six season. 20 total TD's. 18 fumbles. Another one of those guys people get fascinated with because he's fast.
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IDT we would have kept him if this wasn't accurate...I could be wrong, but he wasn't used last season, there has to be some truth to it.
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I'm pulling for him, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Will him being 100% again change the 6 inches between his ears is the question. I hope so.
If CJ is anything close to 100 % this upcoming season, this guy will be dangerous and give defenses fits. He has always had the vision, burst & quickness. Last season he was not only battling injuries but also learning a new, complex offense on the fly. His football IQ is high.

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I'll be watching Lasco. I know he's not a satellite back but if Spiller loses 1% and is useless again I want to know if he can take additional snaps.
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Whats wrong with his brain?
Last year he ran timid. I have know doubt about the talent
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