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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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The New Orleans Times-Picayune is "not so sure" C.J. Spiller's roster spot is safe.
The paper reports it is possible the Saints try to trade Spiller during camp or cut him outright. Clearly behind Tim Hightower and with Travaris Cadet angling for work in the passing game, Spiller needs a strong and healthy camp to keep his job. Spiller has 776 total yards in the last two seasons. Jul 26 - 12:45 PM

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports it's "pretty apparent" C.J. Spiller is behind Tim Hightower in the Saints' running back rotation.

The Saints have gone to great pains to talk Spiller up this offseason, but he's apparently the same place he was at the end of last season: Behind Hightower. It's an embarrassing failure for a back on a four-year, $16 million contract. Hightower hadn't touched the ball since 2011 before last November. We wouldn't consider Spiller's roster spot guaranteed.
Jun 16 - 1:29 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton says C.J. Spiller has looked "noticeably different" this offseason.

"His health and movement skills look noticeably different," were Payton's exact words. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee. That’s been really encouraging." For his part, Spiller still believes he can "flourish" in New Orleans. We aren't buying it. Increasingly beset by injury, Spiller's performance has been on a steady downward trajectory. Veteran beat writer Mike Triplett believes Spiller has to "outperform others in a crowded Saints backfield to secure a key role on the team." We agree.
Jun 13 - 1:48 PM

C.J. Spiller said the knee surgery he had last August "played a big role" in his disappointing season.

Spiller never really recovered after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee in training camp. "I didn’t have that explosion that I’m known for," Spiller said. "But the good thing is, it’s behind me now. The road to recovery is looking very bright." Spiller averaged just 3.1 yards per carry and had only 351 yards from scrimmage in 13 appearances last season. He and the Saints hope better health will bring much better results, but Spiller was equally ineffective his final year in Buffalo. He is only 28, but it is possible he just does not have it anymore.
Jun 11 - 1:35 PM

C.J. Spiller has been a full participant in the Saints' offseason program.

Spiller was supposedly slowed by a knee issue for all of 2015. "Supposedly" because coach Sean Payton — who, admittedly, has never been a paragon of honesty — proclaimed him 100 percent healthy in Week 4. You have to choose which narrative to believe in this instance. Spiller's disastrous 2015 numbers aren't up for debate. He touched the ball only 70 times all season, averaging a pathetic 3.1 yards per carry and anemic 7.0 yards per catch. Going on 29, Spiller still offers theoretical upside, but he's nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues for fantasy purposes.
May 26 - 1:50 PM

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

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

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
2Sione Houma
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Brandon Coleman
3Kyle Prater
4Jared Dangerfield
5Hakeem Nicks
WR21Willie Snead
2Michael Thomas
3R.J. Harris
4Reggie Bell
5Tommylee Lewis
WR31Michael Thomas
TE1Coby Fleener
2Josh Hill
3Michael Hoomanawanui
4Chris Manhertz
5Garrett Griffin
LT1Terron Armstead
2Tyrus Thompson
LG1Tim Lelito
2Senio Kelemete
3Landon Turner
4Kaleb Eulls
C1Max Unger
2Marcus Henry
3Jack Allen
RG1Andrus Peat
2Cyril Lemon
3Ryker Mathews
4Landon Turner
RT1Zach Strief
2Joseph Cheek
3Avery Young
K1Kai Forbath
2Connor Barth