Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Brandon Meriweather (22) attempts to stop a run by New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller (28) during the second quarter of the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
When CJ Spiller was brought in during the offseason he was expected to fill the scat back role in Paytons offense once held by the likes of Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles, and even Travaris Cadet for a year.
In the preseason he had a knee injury and did not play in any of the preseason games and also missed week one. Throughout the season he was ultimately disappointing with the exception of an 80 yard walk off touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in overtime.
Throughout the season there have been different theories on why Spiller struggled so much, not knowing the playbook, still held back from the injury, or just being in Paytons dog house.
Nobody really knows what it is, but he was put on IR before the week 17 game against the Falcons. Payton said it was because he “never fully recovered from a preseason injury”, but if thats the case, why did they just put him on IR in week 17?
No matter what it is, Spiller was very disappointing only putting up 351 yards on a 70 touches. The stats may not seem so bad since he averaged 5 yards a touch, but they are inflated by the 80 yard touchdown reception.
It’s also very disappointing when you consider that many people expected him to thrive in that role on Paytons offense.
The craziest thing about Spiller’s season happened in a game he was not even playing in. In Week #17 against the Falcons, RB Travaris Cadet, who had been brought back due to injury, stepped into Spiller’s role and was able to put up 77 yards receiving on 6 catches.
It blows my mind how in one game this season with the Saints, Cadet was able to do that, while Spiller was never really able to.
Some people think the Saints may be able to trade Spiller, and if they can, that’d be great. In my opinion, they would not get much for him (if anything), after such a disappointing season.
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