When the New Orleans Saints signed running back C.J. Spiller last March, he was expected to be the man that carried the torch in regards to the running back becoming a threat out of the backfield, as of right now, Spiller has been the complete opposite. When the Saints signed Spiller, many Saints fans were concerned about how his durability would last throughout the season. So far, those concerns have come to pass.
Spiller’s only spark of the 2015 season for the Saints was the game ending 80-yard touchdown reception in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. That’s about it when it comes to Spiller in the Saints offense. When he is in the ball game, he has not shown any resemblance of what Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush used to look like in New Orleans.
Mark Ingram has taken the majority of the touches that Spiller was supposed to have this season. The touches that Spiller was expected to receive was passing coming from Drew Brees out of the backfield. You have to wonder if Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is now regretting that they signed Spiller to that four-year $16 million dollar contract.
They have pretty much wasted money on a guy that was supposed to be doing the job that Mark Ingram is now doing. Mark Ingram is now the all-purpose back that the Saints are running their offense through. I don’t know if that’s how head coach Sean Payton visualized it when they signed him back in March, but now he has to deal with it.
There were so many expectations that were placed on Spiller when he joined the Saints back March, but he had not done anything to live up to the hype that was built up about him when he joined the Black and Gold. However, Spiller has six more games left to show that he was worthy of the contract that he signed a few months ago.
If he could somewhat resemble the player that everyone saw in Buffalo, it would be a tremendous benefit for the Saints offense. It would also give the Saints an element of their offense that they have not had in a long time as well. He will have a chance to start proving those naysayers wrong this Sunday when the Saints take on the red-hot Houston Texans.
The game is on the road, and the Saints will most likely be playing for their season. If Spiller can contribute in this ball game, it would help the Saints out tremendously. But for right now, the verdict is still out on the signing of what was supposed to be Darren Sproles 2.0.
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