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5 Things We’ve Learned From New Orleans Saints Free Agency So Far

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Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) rushes the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2. It’s back to the old way

The loss of Darren Sproles hurt the New Orleans Saints offense last year, and it was very apparent.  The little man filled in nicely after the departure of Reggie Bush.  In fact, Sproles tuned out better than anyone could have ever imagined.  Missing that versatility in 2014 was painful, but with the acquisition of C.J. Spiller, it’s back to the old way in the Big Easy.

Spiller is a super-explosive threat with outstanding speed and versatility out of the backfield, and in the open field.  His ability to separate is impeccable — he displayed that very well at times, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

He’s a dual threat — a pure runner and a pass-catching back.  Pierre Thomas was a viable option, but the potential Spiller brings to New Orleans is almost overwhelming.  If he can remain healthy, a beautiful little one-two punch alongside Mark Ingram is in the making.  Plus, that change of pace Spiller brings is exactly what this offense needs.