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C.J. Spiller | Running Back | #28

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (28) / 8/5/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (9) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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Saints GM Mickey Loomis believes injuries were to blame for C.J. Spiller's subpar season in 2015.
The Saints have consistently claimed Spiller spent all of 2015 battling a knee injury after he had the knee scoped in training camp, but coach Sean Payton stated on September 28 (just after Week 3) that Spiller was "100 percent." While the Saints can save $3.25 million by cutting Spiller, Loomis' comments suggest the team plans on keeping him. Assuming Spiller stays, he'll be a change-of-pace option behind starter Mark Ingram. Feb 16 - 8:01 PM

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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the Saints to keep C.J. Spiller on the roster, at least into training camp.

The Saints would actually lose salary cap space by releasing Spiller unless they designated him a post-June 1 cut, which would affect their salary cap down the road. Triplett writes there's a "good chance" Spiller will get "another summer to regain his spark" after he fell behind due to pre-season knee surgery in 2015. Spiller has always been an exciting talent, but he's also been a fantasy disappointment far more often than not. He'll turn 29 this August.
Feb 12 - 4:30 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett believes New Orleans could "downsize at running back."

Mark Ingram is firmly planted at the top of the depth chart, but the futures of C.J. Spiller, restricted free agent Khiry Robinson and unrestricted free agent Tim Hightower are in question. Spiller is the most expensive option of the three, and the cap-strapped Saints could save $3.25 million against the cap by designating him a post-June 1 cut. The move is a no-brainer after Spiller woefully underperformed in his first season with New Orleans.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 10:44 AM

Saints GM Mickey Loomis is noncommittal on C.J. Spiller's future with the team.

Asked if he still expected Spiller to pan out, Loomis deferred, saying "I can't really answer that today." Spiller was a massive disappointment his first year in New Orleans, touching the ball just 70 times as he battled a chronic knee issue. The cap-strapped Saints can create $3.25 million in space by designating Spiller as a post-June 1 cut. It's a no-brainer move that will likely be made.
Jan 14 - 9:24 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said C.J. Spiller will not need another surgery on his troublesome knee.

"He'll spend a good portion of this offseason getting it stronger and getting to 100 percent," Payton said, adding Spiller never once complained about touches in his disappointing year. The comments make it seem like Spiller's struggles were all injury related and suggest the running back has at least a chance to return to New Orleans next season. Spiller is owed $3.25 million in salary and bonuses, and the Saints could save $3.25 million against the 2016 cap by making him a post-June cut.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 10:29:00 AM

Saints placed C.J. Spiller on season-ending injured reserve.

It's not a surprise after Spiller was inactive last week. There's no specific injury, but coach Sean Payton said Spiller never fully recovered from training camp health issues. The Saints are likely to move on from Spiller this offseason. New Orleans can save $3.25M by making him a post-June cut.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said after Sunday's Week 16 win that C.J. Spiller is still battling "health issues lingering from camp."

Then why wasn't Spiller listed on this week's injury report? After logging a season-high 26 snaps in last Monday night's loss to Detroit, Spiller was a "healthy" scratch for Sunday's win over Jacksonville. All in all, it seems like a convenient excuse to not play a player the Saints seemingly soured on very early in the process. Spiller is owed over $3 million in 2016.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 07:30:00 PM's Rand Getlin reports C.J. Spiller will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

The Saints have since confirmed the news. Spiller's 26 snaps in Week 15 were a season high, but he didn't do anything with them. Spiller has been ineffective all season, and the Saints (rightfully) aren't interested in figuring out ways to get him more involved. Tim Hightower will have his pace changed by Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy against the Jaguars.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:09:00 PM

C.J. Spiller's 26 snaps in Monday night's loss were a season high.

As was his 33.8 snap percentage. All the same, he still touched the ball only four times for 18 yards, including two rushes for two yards. Spiller has been out-touched 45-10 by Tim Hightower since Mark Ingram's injury. Due a $1.55 million roster bonus in March, Spiller will be released this offseason.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 02:44:00 PM

C.J. Spiller rushed twice for two yards and hauled in two of five targets for 16 yards in the Saints' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

Spiller took a hard hit in the second quarter and was checked for a concussion. He was cleared to return a few minutes later. Even with workhorse Mark Ingram out for the year, Spiller has only managed 27 yards from scrimmage over his last two outings. Journeyman Tim Hightower has out-touched him 45 to 10 over that span. He’ll be well off the fantasy radar next week against the Jaguars.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:26:00 AM

C.J. Spiller played 15 snaps Week 14 against the Bucs.

Tim Hightower, who spent three seasons out of the league, played 58. Spiller has been a resounding disappointment for the Saints and fantasy owners alike, and that is unlikely to change over the final three weeks. He does not need to be owned in anything but deep PPR formats.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 09:56:00 AM

C.J. Spiller rushed three times for two yards and caught all three of his targets for seven yards in the Saints' Week 14 win over the Buccaneers.

You know you’re having a rough year when a journeyman who hasn’t played in the NFL in four years out-touches you 29 to six. This is what rock bottom looks like. Spiller has done nothing to win fantasy owners’ trust this year and should be avoided against Detroit in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:13:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said it "seems to be a longshot" that C.J. Spiller will be on the Saints in 2016.

Originally slated for a big role as the passing-down back, Spiller has given the Saints nothing this year. Even with Mark Ingram (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (leg) out for the year, it looks like Spiller will spend the rest of the season fighting for scraps behind journeyman Tim Hightower. He's logged just four touches over his last two games and hasn't been a fantasy factor all season. Set to turn 29 next season, Spiller's NFL future looks bleak.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:45:00 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said the team will get "a chance to see more" of C.J. Spiller with Mark Ingram (shoulder, injured reserve) done for the year.

With Ingram out, the Saints will turn to Spiller and Tim Hightower to fill the void. Payton said Spiller has been held back by a knee injury which forced him to miss the entire preseason, but he is hoping to give him enough touches down the stretch to figure things out. We have heard similar comments from Payton before, but Spiller has just two games with 10 touches this season. He almost has to get more work with Ingram done, but it would not be surprising if Hightower leads the backfield in touches against Tampa Bay. With so much uncertainty, both Spiller and Hightower will be best left on the bench in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:04:00 AM

The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill expects the Saints to use "more of a rotation at running back" in Mark Ingram's (shoulder) absence.

In other words, Underhill doesn't anticipate the Saints employing C.J. Spiller or Tim Hightower as a feature back. Underhill foresees Spiller inheriting "some of Ingram’s responsibility in the passing game, while Hightower should carry the ball more often on early downs." Hightower looks like the best bet for goal-line work, while he could play far more than anyone expects in passing situations as a better pass protector than Spiller.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 08:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Drew Brees
2Luke McCown
3Garrett Grayson
RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3C.J. Spiller
4Travaris Cadet
5Marcus Murphy
GLB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
3RB1Mark Ingram
2Tim Hightower
FB1Austin Johnson
2Toben Opurum
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Shane Wynn
4Kyle Prater
WR21Willie Snead
2Michael Thomas
3R.J. Harris
4Reggie Bell
WR31Michael Thomas
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Rashaun Allen
5Jack Tabb
LT1Terron Armstead
LG1Andrus Peat
C1Max Unger
2Senio Kelemete
RG1Tim Lelito
2Cyril Lemon
RT1Zach Strief
2Bryan Witzmann
K1Josh Scobee
2Kai Forbath