Spiller: "Road to recovery is looking very bright"


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Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Photo: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former Clemson standout C.J. Spiller is healthier this NFL offseason than last year where he was dealing with a lingering knee injury.

"It played a big role, because of the style of play that I play, the cutting and stopping, I didn’t have that explosion that I’m known for," Spiller said via The Advocate. "I tried to block it out as much as I could and give it everything I can. But the good thing is, it’s behind me now. The road to recovery is looking very bright."

Spiller finished the disappointing season with 36 carries for 112 yards and 34 catches (on 44 targets) for 239 yards and two receiving touchdowns. For his NFL career, he has 704 rushes for 3,433 yards and 12 scores.

His head coach Sean Payton has seen a new and improved Spiller this offseason.

"I’d say C.J.’s health and his movement skills look noticeably different," Payton said. He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee where he had his injury. That has been really encouraging."

Spiller is ready to help the team after signing a four-year, $16 million deal last offseason.

“I’m just happy that I have a chance to revamp or redeem myself and give this team hopefully 100 percent.”

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