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Packers bring running back C.J. Spiller in for a visit

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 13: Running back C.J. Spiller #28 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** C.J. Spiller Getty Images

The Packers dip their toes into the free agent market selectively, usually if they think a guy can make a big impact.

And they’re looking at one that potentially could, if he’s healthy.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Packers have brought running back C.J. Spiller in for a visit today.

Spiller was a surprise cut by the Saints — because they owed him so much guaranteed money, not because he had played so well for them.

The Packers could ostensibly use Spiller as a complement to Eddie Lacy and a return man, but the fact he struggled to pick up the Saints offense (when they invested so much in him) might have given other backfield-needy teams pause.

But the Packers are only carrying two true running backs on the roster, with veteran James Starks the only backup.

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53 Responses to “Packers bring running back C.J. Spiller in for a visit”
  1. tremoluxman says: Sep 20, 2016 2:57 PM

    ‘Struggled to pick up the Saints offense’?

    The offense: See hole, run through hole. Block man attacking QB.

    Real brain teaser.

  2. codythao35 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:57 PM

    They need all the help they could get. Why not sign trent?

  3. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2016 2:57 PM

    The return game could use a boost, multiple drives inside the 15, allowing opponents to gain a lot of field position.

    I think this is just more of the Packers doing homework though.

  4. gobacktocheeseland says: Sep 20, 2016 2:58 PM

    desperation is a stinky cologne

  5. contra74 says: Sep 20, 2016 2:59 PM

    But I thought this was Lacy’s year after losing all that weight.

    I heard time and time again from Packer fans that Lacy was going to tear up the league as well as the Vikings because of all that lost weight.

    When are they going to bring in a head coach, defensive coordinator, GM, and real fans in for a visit to GB headquarters?

  6. dizzybruhbruh33 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:01 PM

    Eddie Lacy must be eating at McDonald’s again. Didn’t you already try looking at the backup running back of the Vikings in the preseason?

  7. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 20, 2016 3:06 PM

    Plus James Starks has not impressed so far this year….

  8. packergator says: Sep 20, 2016 3:11 PM

    The only good decision for the Packers wouldn’t be made until the offseason – FIRE MCCARTHY.

  9. xDocOpsx says: Sep 20, 2016 3:14 PM

    Before more Vikings fans come in, Spiller would battle with Starks, not Lacy. Starks has been struggling this year, and the Packers don’t have a 3rd string RB. Lacy is fine and running great (when they actually use him). The issue with Lacy this year is the play calling, not him.

  10. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2016 3:15 PM

    contra74 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:59 PM

    When are they going to bring in a head coach, defensive coordinator, GM, and real fans in for a visit to GB headquarters?
    __________

    Probably because they have been consistent at getting to the playoffs, over nearly a decade. I have liked GBS defense for the most part so far this season. The GM does geeat. I mean i know ever one likes to freak out because ofnexpectations (look at th seahawks) GB will be fine.

  11. cribbage12 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:16 PM

    Ricky Spielman: “Dang!!!”

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 20, 2016 3:17 PM

    Doesn’t hurt to look, they’re one player short after cutting that Pressley guy.

  13. corduroy88 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:18 PM

    Starks is struggling? Based on what, getting stuffed on 4th and 1 on a dive play against a stout front 7 that knew it was coming? Starks is fine. GB is looking for a speedster to occupy the 3rd RB spot, that’s it.

  14. thunderclap says: Sep 20, 2016 3:20 PM

    Vike fans are pretty haughty after winning a game they most likely would have lost without the benefit of a questionable PI call.

    But, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a fan base that doesn’t even know to keep the noise level down when their team is on offense.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 20, 2016 3:24 PM

    Translation: our QB looks awful, so we better run it a lot more, but our starting RB gets winded tying his shoes, so let’s find more RB’s, even if they’re bad.

  16. pkrlvr says: Sep 20, 2016 3:26 PM

    They need all the help they could get. Why not sign trent?
    ——–
    Funny, through two games we have more rushing yards and have given up fewer rushing yards than your team. But you got a lucky pi to seal the game so I guess you have a right to say whatever ridiculous thing comes in your head.

  17. senxic says: Sep 20, 2016 3:29 PM

    Lacy has actually been running with power again. Seems like they just want some more depth.

    Viking fans need to worry about their own team if they ever want to be taken seriously to be honest. Jealously trolling GB doesn’t make a good look. Might want to shore up that defense that you think is so mighty. Unless it was the refs molesting GB receivers last week? I kept thinking maybe george zimmer, the men’s warehouse guy, was on the field masquerading as a viking corner proclaiming, “you’re gonna like the way you look” as they groped every other play.

    – Let’s be honest, the only stat that matters is a championship.

  18. wiscoregon says: Sep 20, 2016 3:29 PM

    My question is why did Lacy only get 12 touches on Sunday?

  19. johngaltwho says: Sep 20, 2016 3:32 PM

    dizzybruhbruh33 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:01 PM
    Eddie Lacy must be eating at McDonald’s again. Didn’t you already try looking at the backup running back of the Vikings in the preseason?

    —————————————————————-

    AP has 50 yards in 31 attempts. Perhaps Vikings fans should recognize its a long season. You havent won a superbowl – yet or ever.

  20. rudegger says: Sep 20, 2016 3:36 PM

    their problems are at QB.

  21. milkcan44 says: Sep 20, 2016 3:37 PM

    Hey Viking trolls, the latest report has Budweiser trying to acquire Adrian Peterson because after seeing him run, he’d be ideal for pulling a parade wagon. And you think Rodgers is declining??

  22. immafubared says: Sep 20, 2016 3:50 PM

    There looking for a kick returner. Ya like tjey get a lot of returns.

  23. PegulaBucks says: Sep 20, 2016 3:51 PM

    CJ is not smart. He will not be able to pick up the playbook in time to make an impact. This happened with BUF and NO. He is a sprinter and not even a good one anymore.

  24. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 20, 2016 3:56 PM

    thunderclap says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:20 PM

    Vike fans are pretty haughty after winning a game they most likely would have lost without the benefit of a questionable PI call.
    ______

    I’m not sure if I agree with that, but I guess it’s better to be haughty after winning the game than to be haughty both before playing the game and after losing the game.

  25. nookers says: Sep 20, 2016 3:56 PM

    When a Buffalo fan is laughing at the thought of this . you are in trouble.

  26. 13xworldchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 4:02 PM

    But I thought this was Lacy’s year after losing all that weight.

    I heard time and time again from Packer fans that Lacy was going to tear up the league as well as the Vikings because of all that lost weight.

    _________________________________________

    Say what you will, but Lacey had a way better game against your defense than All world AP had against ours

  27. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 20, 2016 4:13 PM

    I’d sign him…New Orleans still has to eat most of the money anyway whether he plays or not.

  28. allight59 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:13 PM

    Desperation setting in….as it should.

  29. fartweasel says: Sep 20, 2016 4:13 PM

    You know you’ve hit the bottom of the NFL bucket when you’re trying to get a job as a GB running back.

  30. pkrlvr says: Sep 20, 2016 4:18 PM

    My question is why did Lacy only get 12 touches on Sunday?
    ——
    Because our coach has lost it, that’s why. Why was Lacy not in on 4th and 1? We pick up that first down and the whole game changes.

  31. pkrlvr says: Sep 20, 2016 4:21 PM

    I’m not sure if I agree with that, but I guess it’s better to be haughty after winning the game than to be haughty both before playing the game and after losing the game.
    ——–
    Actually Sunday night all I saw were contrite pack fans. No excuses and no trash talking. Too bad your guys can’t handle winning a little better.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 20, 2016 4:24 PM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Sep 20, 2016 4:02 PM

    Say what you will, but Lacey had a way better game against your defense than All world AP had against ours
    ______

    Well, I guess you have that going for you.

  33. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 20, 2016 4:44 PM

    @pkrlvr –

    You should check out what they’ve been saying on Monday and Tuesday. They got their hubris back pretty quickly.

  34. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 20, 2016 4:49 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:26 PM
    They need all the help they could get. Why not sign trent?
    ——–
    Funny, through two games we have more rushing yards and have given up fewer rushing yards than your team. But you got a lucky pi to seal the game so I guess you have a right to say whatever ridiculous thing comes in your head.
    ———————–
    So that’s the Cheddarheads new mantra of an excuse: lucky PI wah-wah-wah. Well I guess then you’re getting paid back for that bogus horse collar call last yr that prevented the Lions from shutting you out in the division. Karma is a. . . You know.

  35. stash918 says: Sep 20, 2016 4:59 PM

    Lacy looked good on some runs where he had holes, but slow and overweight on most others. How much weight did he really lose? He still looks 270, or at least 20 pounds overweight to me, regardless of what they list him at or whether you believe team roster weights. You know, like how the Patriots used to list Vince Wilfork at 325 when anyone without cataracts could see he was pushing 375.

  36. gtodriver says: Sep 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    xDocOpsx says:

    Before more Vikings fans come in, Spiller would battle with Starks, not Lacy. Starks has been struggling this year, and the Packers don’t have a 3rd string RB. Lacy is fine and running great (when they actually use him). The issue with Lacy this year is the play calling, not him.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Doc

    When your QB has over 25% of the teams rushing yardage for the season, you can’t claim that any of the RB’s are doing fine.

    The Pack has averaged 24 rushes per game – Lacy had 14 against the Jags and only 12 against the Vikings.

    If Lacy is “fine” – why not give him 20 carries a game?

    Conditioning?

    When does TT get on the phone and call Ray Rice? He’d be cheap (Ray already said he’d donate his entire salary to domestic abuse charities)?

  37. wafflestomp says: Sep 20, 2016 5:14 PM

    gobacktocheeseland says:
    Sep 20, 2016 2:58 PM
    desperation is a stinky cologne
    ————————
    The Packers aren’t desperate.
    They’ve been in the market to upgrade the depth at RB all summer and toying with using a third down back for years.
    They are kicking the tires on a vet who’ll cost them next to nothing.

    Desperation is not having a proper plan in place, so you have to squander a 1st and 4th round pick on a potential china doll quarterback.

    I’m glad you’re happy with your team’s runaway success, but keep in mind that it’s only week 2.
    skoLOL!

  38. guitarfreak21 says: Sep 20, 2016 5:18 PM

    thunderclap says:
    Sep 20, 2016 3:20 PM
    Vike fans are pretty haughty after winning a game they most likely would have lost without the benefit of a questionable PI call.

    But, I wouldn’t expect anything less from a fan base that doesn’t even know to keep the noise level down when their team is on offense.

    ————–

    You’re a joke and undoubtedly still drowning your sorrows with yet another six pack, as your geographic type is want to do. Your team is a joke, and outside of three major DPI calls on our backup CB, your team would have lost by two scores! Your precious qb put the ball on the ground 3 times, and threw the game losing INT. SKOLOLOLOLOL!

  39. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 20, 2016 5:21 PM

    I’m so glad the Packers have a proper plan in place in the event that their quarterback is lost for the season a week before the first game. I guess they’ll just put in their fifth-round draft pick from last year, who has never played a down, and won’t miss a beat.

    Just like in 2013, when they only went through five backup quarterbacks before they found one off the waiver wire who could fill in without embarrassing himself. Great planning.

  40. wafflestomp says: Sep 20, 2016 5:40 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 20, 2016 5:21 PM
    I’m so glad the Packers have a proper plan in place in the event that their quarterback is lost for the season a week before the first game. I guess they’ll just put in their fifth-round draft pick from last year, who has never played a down, and won’t miss a beat.

    Just like in 2013, when they only went through five backup quarterbacks before they found one off the waiver wire who could fill in without embarrassing himself. Great planning.
    ———————–
    Well, I can guarantee you Thompson won’t panic and squander the future of his team on a stop gap injury waiting to happen, like Spieldope did.

    As I’ve stated several times since this trade, Bradford is a huge upgrade over Bridgewater and if this deal was made a month earlier, the Vikes. could have probably got him for just the 4th round pick.
    Spieldope refused to see the writing on the wall and had to pay a steep price for his lack of vision.

    And yes, GB would probably have just rolled the dice with Hundley in the same situation.
    That’s what good teams do, they trust their process.
    Look at New England.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Sep 20, 2016 5:41 PM

    Doc

    If Lacy is “fine” – why not give him 20 carries a game?
    __________

    They have a 2 time MVP and a top 5 QB at the helm. So they put the ball in their best players hands. Besides Viking fans can’t critique anyone’s run game right now. They have one of the best athletes to ever play who has a season going as good as each of Lacy’s games, especially seeing as the Vikings don’t even see their former MVP worthy of getting 20 touches.

    The Vikings did make some great plays, but Rodgers wasn’t as safe with the ball as he normally is and some of that was because of the defensive play. GB also felt they could attack the outside edge of Vikings defense which was why the called so many toss plays which I can’t stand.

    GB has 4 home games in a row (which is foolish scheduling in my opinion), Rodgers will protect the ball bette. Green Bay will be fine.

    Good luck against the Panthers this weekend.

  42. MrWillyWonka says: Sep 20, 2016 6:03 PM

    I love how more than half of the comments on this article don’t even include, and have nothing to do with, CJ Spiller. Upsetting if I do say so myself. Guy straight lit up the NFL 2012 year, averaged over 1700 rushing/receiving yds combined, with a rushing average of 6.0 yds/carry. And that, my friends, no one will ever be able to take away from him.

  43. southbison says: Sep 20, 2016 7:02 PM

    cj might help on 4 and 1

  44. skolvikes says: Sep 20, 2016 7:39 PM

    wafflestomp says:
    Sep 20, 2016 5:40 PM

    Well, I can guarantee you Thompson won’t panic and squander the future of his team on a stop gap injury waiting to happen, like Spieldope did.

    As I’ve stated several times since this trade, Bradford is a huge upgrade over Bridgewater and if this deal was made a month earlier, the Vikes. could have probably got him for just the 4th round pick.
    Spieldope refused to see the writing on the wall and had to pay a steep price for his lack of vision.

    And yes, GB would probably have just rolled the dice with Hundley in the same situation.
    That’s what good teams do, they trust their process.
    Look at New England.
    ——

    You guys really need to make up your minds. First, it’s Spielman only drafts bust and now one 1st round pick is suddenly squandering the future of the team.

    Which is it? Pick one.

  45. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 20, 2016 7:55 PM

    skolvikes says:
    Sep 20, 2016 7:39 PM
    wafflestomp says:
    Sep 20, 2016 5:40 PM

    That’s what good teams do, they trust their process.
    Look at New England.
    ——

    You guys really need to make up your minds. First, it’s Spielman only drafts bust and now one 1st round pick is suddenly squandering the future of the team.

    Which is it? Pick one.
    ——————–
    Your team ain’t New England, Cheesehead, not even close.

  46. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 20, 2016 8:27 PM

    Wow, you Vike fans sure are angry. Is it because you’ve never won a Super Bowl.

  47. andrwken says: Sep 20, 2016 8:29 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 20, 2016 7:55 PM

    skolvikes says:
    Sep 20, 2016 7:39 PM
    wafflestomp says:
    Sep 20, 2016 5:40 PM

    That’s what good teams do, they trust their process.
    Look at New England.
    ——

    You guys really need to make up your minds. First, it’s Spielman only drafts bust and now one 1st round pick is suddenly squandering the future of the team.

    Which is it? Pick one.
    ——————–
    Your team ain’t New England, Cheesehead, not even close.

    ////////////////

    By the numbers,

    The last 10 years the packers have been almost as good as the Pats.

    A fan with any football IQ recognizes this.

    You have never been that person.

    All trash and no substance in your posts.

  48. andrwken says: Sep 20, 2016 8:35 PM

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    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 20, 2016 5:21 PM

    I’m so glad the Packers have a proper plan in place in the event that their quarterback is lost for the season a week before the first game. I guess they’ll just put in their fifth-round draft pick from last year, who has never played a down, and won’t miss a beat.

    Just like in 2013, when they only went through five backup quarterbacks before they found one off the waiver wire who could fill in without embarrassing himself. Great planning.

    /////////////////

    Boy a Vikings win really pumps up your post count.

    I actually would take Hundley over Bridgewater but I guess Bradford is your guy now.

    In Sammy we trust?

  49. skolvikes says: Sep 20, 2016 8:42 PM

    andrwken says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:29 PM

    By the numbers,

    The last 10 years the packers have been almost as good as the Pats.

    A fan with any football IQ recognizes this.

    ———–

    Wow. No words. At the very least you cut it off at 10 years, cause, you know, the Packers were 4-12 11 years ago.

    The Pats worst seasons in that stretch: once at 10-6, once at 11-5. Every other year, 12-4 or better, including 16-0

    The Packers in that stretch went 6-10, 8-8, 8-7-1, 10-6 twice.

    But yeah, almost as good.

  50. wafflestomp says: Sep 20, 2016 8:59 PM

    Isn’t it ohh so cute when the Barney fans try and talk football?
    Almost as precious as when they try to cheer at the appropriate times during their home football games.

    Keep trying. You’ll get there some day.

  51. andrwken says: Sep 20, 2016 9:01 PM

    skolvikes says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:42 PM
    andrwken says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:29 PM

    By the numbers,

    The last 10 years the packers have been almost as good as the Pats.

    A fan with any football IQ recognizes this.

    ———–

    Wow. No words. At the very least you cut it off at 10 years, cause, you know, the Packers were 4-12 11 years ago.

    The Pats worst seasons in that stretch: once at 10-6, once at 11-5. Every other year, 12-4 or better, including 16-0

    The Packers in that stretch went 6-10, 8-8, 8-7-1, 10-6 twice.

    But yeah, almost as good.

    ///////////

    LOL!

    All that posting just to agree with me.

    Drinking more than viking Kool aid after the win are we?

    Thanks for quoting Packer stats. Your infatuation is showing……

  52. gtodriver says: Sep 21, 2016 12:40 AM

    shaggytoodle says:

    They have a 2 time MVP and a top 5 QB at the helm. So they put the ball in their best players hands.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    shaggy

    Have you watched Rodgers play over the last 14 games he’s played?

    He’s not even close to a top 5 QB anymore, much less an MVP.

    Last year, AR finished 17th in yards passing with 3821 yards. That is his worst season (in which he started 10 or more games) of his career.

    His YPA was 6.7 – the lowest of his entire career as a starter. His completion percentage was 60.7 – lower than Rodgers first year as a starter.

    And so far in 2015, Rodgers is worse than last year, even with the return of Jordy Nelson.

    Rodgers is now 27th in yards, his YPA is down to 5.9 and his completion percentage is down to 57.1.

    Rodgers hasn’t had a 300+ yard game since the Lion game at Lambeau last season. You might remember the game – it took Rodgers 61 passing attempts to hit that number and they only scored 16 points.

    The Lions scored 18 points….

    The Packers, to be successful in 2016, desperately need to improve their run game. Their QB, that at one time was a top 5, has become a below average QB and is getting worse.

    I think Ted Thompson has called information to get Ray Rice’s phone number….

  53. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 21, 2016 8:58 PM

    Rodgers shouldn’t be blamed for an obvious coaching problem.

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