Spiller says he's always understood the concepts of the Saints offense because of a close relationship with some of their former running backs.
"Obviously, I've kept a close eye on this offense, dating back to Reggie, being friends with him, and then obviously knowing Darren Sproles, watching him, so I know what type of offense it is," Spiller said.
"Coach Payton's track record speaks for itself. He uses guys with our type of skill set. So to me, it's very friendly because you can be running the ball and then if you're blessed enough to have great pass catching abilities they're going to find ways to try to get you the ball in space."
The Saints will use Spiller's pass-catching ability out of the backfield this season, and it played a huge role in why the team sought him during free agency. It's something Spiller developed as a youth playing baseball.
"I kind of credit my pass-catching ability to going from catching a baseball to a football," Spiller said during Saints minicamp this week.
"It's a whole lot easier, so I take great pride in it. Any time I drop a ball, I'm very hard on myself because I know the work that I put in trying to make sure I catch every one."
Spiller has caught 158 passes for 1,195 yards during his five-year career.
Marrone didn't believe Spiller hit holes hard enough and felt the back lost yards trying to dance around in the backfield making a big play that wasn't there, according to the Buffalo News. When the Bills broke huddle in the red zone, he was generally on the sideline - and as far away from Marrone as possible.
"It was frustrating," Spiller told the News. "I'm not going to sit here and say I was happy about the situation because I would be lying. ... Like any competitor, you want to be on the field, trying to help your team win, trying to score touchdowns.
Spiller beleives he will receive a greater opportunity with the Saints, not only as a runner but as a pass receiver as well.
"I'm excited to get down to New Orleans," he said. "Coach (Sean) Payton knows how to get the ball to the running backs. ... At the same time, Drew (Brees) isn't going to force anything downfield, so he loves getting the backs involved in the passing game."
"I think we expected Spiller to be somewhere else with a higher number. But it all worked out," Payton told The Advocate.
Spiller joined the Saints on a four-year, $16 million deal.
“His cutup is unbelievable,” Payton said of Spiller. ”And I’m not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.
“So when you watch his film you think of a lot of things he can do. He’s physical, he’s the most explosive player on the field a lot of times when you’re watching him. … So he’s an exciting player that clearly heading into free agency there wasn’t any thought about and then after that first rush there was some interest and I think to his agent’s credit they looked at it from a how he was going to be used standpoint, the system, the offense and wanting to be a part of it and we feel the same way.”
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"I've been following this offense very closely," Spiller said after he signed a four-year deal, worth $18 million with $9 million guaranteed and a $5 million signing bonus with the Saints. "We tried to do some similar stuff at Buffalo early on in my career. The way that they use their running backs in general is very intriguing. If you were in my position, you would be a fool not to visit or at least see how they could utilize your skill set, especially my type of skill set."
Spiller figures to be used the same way New Orleans utilized Reggie Bush, Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas in the previous seasons.
Over his career, Spiller has 3,321 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards in 2012. Since that season, the 27-year-old has totaled only 1,233 in 24 games from 2013-14.
Spiller, 27, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Bills. He was limited to only nine games last season due to a shoulder injury, rushing for 300 yards on 78 carries for Buffalo. Over his career, Spiller has 3,321 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. he rushed for a career-high 1,244 yards in 2012. Since that season, he has totaled 1,233 in 24 games from 2013-14.
He joins a crowded backfield that includes Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson.
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