NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller has played a prominent role thus far with his new team. That role may be increased with the loss of fellow running back Khiry Robinson who suffered a season-ending injury during Sunday's 52-49 win over the Giants.
During a conference call, Monday, Spiller commented on losing his backfield mate and playing with his new teammates.
Below is a transcript of the conference call with the media, provided by the New Orleans Saints:
Can you talk about your two clutch touchdowns this year?
"Well I mean I was just in the right place at the right time and just going out there and doing my job. You always know when that moment or turning point will come, but you want to make sure you're in position. We called the play and we worked on that play a ton leading up to the game and so all the work I put in during the week paid off."
Do you feel like Coach Payton and Drew Brees are figuring out everything you can do?
"I think so. Each and every week I can improve and I've been able to showcase. I think they have a good idea of what I can bring to the table as far as helping the offense make plays. They will continue to find ways to get me more involved."
How has the confidence level been between Drew and all the receivers grown as the season's gone on?
"They put in work. He is always in constant communication with all the receivers to make sure they know how he wants routes run and where they should be on certain routes and then they go out and work on it. Anytime you can catch the ball and make plays and anytime he is throwing it the way the way he is throwing it the confidence is going to increase. I think he has a comfort level with all the guys he throws the ball to make plays."
What's it like to play with a guy (Drew) with that kind of ability?
"Obviously he is different than (the) guys I played with (before). He is very smart and he is a hall of famer and the stats back it up. It has been fun to play with him and see how he prepares during the week and also going to the game and seeing how focused and fined tuned he is in each and every play. It's been a tremendous asset for me."
Do you think your role could expand since Khiry Robinson is out with that injury?
"I'm not sure that will be up to Coach Payton. I just have to come each and every day trying to get better and try to find ways how I can get better as an individual and as a player and try to help out our offense. I'm not sure what that role is going to be."
How much pressure was on you to come out after your junior year and do you think players would make the right decision if they could come out earlier?
"I think each player is different. I think it just depends on each person's situation and there is nothing wrong if you decide to come out .I think it comes down to that player and what he feels is best for him and his family and to me I made a promise that I wanted to graduate from college and I fulfilled that promise and then what better way to do it than to come back and play one more year with my teammates and going to an ACC championship game and something that hadn't been done in 19 years. So it was a great choice and made tremendous friends and memories that will last forever."
Do you believe it's fair that players are restricted from coming out?
"I think it just comes down to maturity and obviously the NFL's the best of the best athletes in the world. If a guy think he is ready to take on what the NFL presents both on and off the field then he will come out and if not than guys will stay in. I don't think the freshman can come into the NFL, just from a maturity standpoint you wouldn't be ready what comes on and off the field."