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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Running back C.J. Spiller: The Bills were set at running back with veterans Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch but Spiller gives them a change-of-pace threat on par with Reggie Bush. A luxury pick for a team that needed so many things? Perhaps, but the Bills also needed a reason for fans to get excited after passing on a blue-chip quarterback.
A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 1/9 -- C.J. Spiller, RB, 5-10, 196, Clemson, With 7,588 career all-purpose yards, Spiller was one of the most electrifying and productive players in NCAA history. Of his 51 career touchdowns, 21 were 50 yards or longer. Has world-class speed but it's all packaged in a true football player. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout C.J. Spiller News
05/26/16 - RB C.J. Spiller was back on the practice field Thursday, after being hampered throughout the 2015 training camp and regular season with a knee injury, which resulted in the Saints shutting him down late in the season.
Spiller was hurt early in training camp and had arthroscopic surgery on his knee, which sidelined him for the season opener at Arizona.
Later, head coach Sean Payton said Spiller's health was an issue all season long, which helped them make the decision to put him on injured reserve after he had 351 total yards from scrimmage (112 rushing, 239 receiving) in 13 games.
The Saints are hoping that Spiller, who received a four-year, $16 million contract, will be able to use the speed that made him a dual threat out of the backfield and give starter Mark Ingram a break.
"C.J.'s health and his movement skills look noticeably different," Payton said after Thursday's practice. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he had his injury. That's been real encouraging."
12/31/15 - RB C.J. Spiller was placed on reserve/injured by the Saints Wednesday (Dec. 30).
12/28/15 - RB C.J. Spiller was a healthy scratch for the first time this season for Sunday's game with the Jaguars.
12/23/15 - RB C.J. Spiller (head) was evaluated for a possible concussion, but passed the tests and returned to the game with the Lions.
10/04/15 - RB C.J. Spiller is beginning to get more comfortable with an increasing workload. After missing the entire training camp while recuperating from minor knee surgery, Spiller had five catches for 99 yards, including his 80-yard game-winner, and added two carries for 10 yards. The Saints want to use Spiller's speed on the edge. "You never know when you're going to be out there," Spiller said. "I'm not worried about how many times I'm touching it. During the game, I'm just keeping my legs loose."