Chiefs excited about early returns with C.J. Spiller


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Spiller was one of the greats at Clemson
Spiller was one of the greats at Clemson

Former Clemson standout C.J. Spiller signed with the Kansas City Chiefs during free agency back in Feburary.

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. However, his speed and cutting ability have been hampered because of injuries the last few years, but now he might be back to his old self.

“I saw the quickness and the speed that he had in college,” said Kansas City's general manager at a press conference on Friday. “He was nursing a knee injury – I think when he was with the Saints, and then, he went to Seattle. I saw that twitch back in him that he had earlier in his career.”

If he can regain some of his elusiveness, it could be a great landing spot for Spiller as the current running backs on the Chiefs' roster include Spencer Ware, De'Anthony Thomas, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman, and Darrin Reaves.

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.

He was selected in the first round by the Buffalo Bills in 2010.

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