Chiefs coach on Spiller: "Unbelievable surprise"
|2017-08-16 09:47:32.0- -||
Former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller is becoming one of the top surprises in training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs after his signing back in late February.
“CJ Spiller has been an unbelievable surprise,” running back coach Eric Bieniemy said via Arrowheadpride.com. “He has been healthy. If you haven’t noticed, he is pretty fast. He is pretty fast, pretty explosive. He does a great job in the run game. He has been doing a great job picking up the offense and I cannot complain.”
Spiller is working hard to learn the plays and being a great example of professionalism to some of the younger players.
“He comes to work every single day and does a great job of asking questions in the classroom,” Bieniemy said. “He does a great job of taking notes and then he comes out here and he works his tail off as if he was a rookie. He is one of those guys who comes early and stays late.”
Spiller is currently running on the third-team behind running backs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West with rookie Kareem Hunt also in the mix.
In 2016, Spiller has six carries for 18 yards with six receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown with short stints with the Jets and Seahawks after being cut by the Saints soon after the finish of training camp.
The Saints signed Spiller to a four-year, $16 million deal in 2015 as a free agent. He finished his injury-plagued 2015 NFL season with 36 carries for 112 yards and 34 catches (on 44 targets) for 239 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
For his NFL career, Spiller had 704 rushes for 3,451 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns and 4,867 yards from scrimmage and 20 total scores. In 2012, Spiller was named to the Pro Bowl as his most productive NFL seasons to date were with the Buffalo Bills. He was selected in the first round by them in 2010.
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