Saints HC: Spiller is "the most explosive player on the field"


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Pos: RB   Height: 5-11   Weight: 195   Hometown: Lake Butler, FL (Union County HS)  
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New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton was interviewed at the NFL owners meetings on Wednesday per ESPN.com and discussed his new offensive weapon - C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
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Payton was contemplating signing former Saints' running back Reggie Bush but Spiller was still available in free agency.

"Spiller is taking a visit, so it just sorted out in a way that was a little unique," said Payton. "I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out.” Spiller signed a reported four-year contract worth $18 million and 9 million guaranteed with the Saints.

The veteran head coach is excited to see what Spiller can do in his high-powered offense. “He’s physical. He’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him. And you know, he’s someone who’s been in the AFC, he’s not someone we see a lot of on film. So he’s an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn’t any thought about, and then after that first rush there was some interest. And I think to his agent’s credit, they looked at it from a ‘how he was going to be used’ standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it. And we feel the same way.”

The Saints' view Spiller in the Darren Sproles role for their offense with his unique skill-set.

"I think that Darren’s got this unique quickness that, 10 steps can take place in a second. Spiller can hit the edge and all of sudden go 80," Payton said.

Spiller rushed 668 times for 3,321 yards (5,550 all-purpose yards) and 12 touchdowns during his time with the Bills. During an injury-shortened 2014 season (broken collarbone), Spiller had 78 rushes for 300 yards and also had 19 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. His best season came in 2012 when he had an impressive 1,703 total yards and a career-high 8 touchdowns. He was drafted by the Bills with the 9th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

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