Running back C.J. Spiller’s first year in New Orleans didn’t see him produce much on the field and he’s not off to a great start when it comes to turning that around in 2016.
Spiller is inactive for the season opener against the Raiders despite not being listed on the team’s injury report, making him a healthy scratch. Tim Hightower, Travaris Cadet, Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy all join Mark Ingram in the lineup at running back for the Saints.
Spiller saw time with the first team during the preseason and there was a lot of talk from both player and team about how this season would be a better one for the ninth overall pick of the 2010 draft. Spiller was listed as “other” on this week’s depth chart, however, and it looks like it may take an injury from a player ahead of him in the pecking order for Spiller to get a chance to show that he has more to offer the team this time around.
Spiller is in the second year of a four-year deal he signed with the Saints as a free agent last year.